A group of lecturers from a Chinese college spent time at the University of Worcester learning about western teaching methods.
The University’s School of Education worked with Holmes Education Group to provide a two-week Professional Development course for lecturers from Zheng Zhou Railway and Vocational Technical College.
The 12 participants spent the first week at the Oxford English Centre and then transferred to Worcester to learn about modern Western higher education teaching methods.
They were taught by Dr Peter Gossman with input from other academics from the School of Education. The International Experience team provided a social programme which included a visit to Worcester’s Guildhall and tea with the Mayor and a fascinating visit to the Cathedral library, where the librarian put out a collection of historic tomes showing maps of China and illustrations dating back to the 15th Century.
The participants came from a range of disciplines including Nursing, Midwifery, Finance, Law, Engineering and English Language teaching but all reported that they were returning to China buzzing with ideas to put in to practice in their classrooms.
At the end of the course they were presented with attendance certificates by the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Sarah Greer.