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|Title:||University Centre put forward for Award|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20131111025 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
University Centre Doncaster has been shortlisted for the British Council International Skills Partnership of the Year Award, in partnership with a fashion and textile college in Morocco called ESITH (Ecole Supérieure des Industries du Textile et Habillement).
The project lasted between 2010-2012 and involved the sharing of best practice, exchanging curriculum ideas and information, student/staff overseas exchanges, and enterprise visits.
University Centre Doncaster sent four fashion students and one staff member to Morocco in February 2012 for a two-week exchange with ESITH. The students were able to gain first-hand experience of the manufacturing processes and textile production that they would never have been able to witness otherwise, given that this part of the industry tends to be found outside of the UK. They took this knowledge back with them to Doncaster and were able to finish their studies with a more complete and holistic knowledge of their field.
Laura Green, Lecturer in Fashion at the University Centre, and accompanying tutor on the exchange said, ‘students are already aware of most of the processes and techniques that were being highlighted at ESITH, yet not to the extent of being able to see the industrial machinery working and producing the end product.’
Deborah Pulleyblank, Assistant Director, HE Arts, University Centre Doncaster, commented: ‘I am extremely proud and delighted that the project has been shortlisted and look forward to continuing what has been a successful and mutually beneficial partnership with ESITH.’
Aliya Sorgen, International Projects and Partnerships Lead at University Centre Doncaster said, ‘I am thrilled that we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. This recognises the true mutuality of international projects, and the significant impact they have on staff and students. Regardless of what happens, I am so proud that the University Centre has been shortlisted’.
University Centre Doncaster and Doncaster College provided ESITH with significant support surrounding quality assurance, which led to substantial changes within ESITH in terms of their quality assurance procedures and policies. This has had a direct effect on the positive progress the school has made not only in terms of their curriculum provision, but even more importantly, has improved their communication with their students, leading to increased motivation and aspirations.
The winner of the award will be announced in November, at a British Council conference in Morocco entitled, Bringing the Learning Home.
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