Colleagues and partners from NENA met in Tunis on 9 and 10 February to work together on the Regional Quality Assurance in Higher Education Project.
Quality Assurance in Higher Education Project Cont. Participants formed a Steering Committee to work first on guidelines to develop standards which each country will use to focus on different subject areas. Next a visit to the UK is planned to study the operation of reference standards and how they inform the development of degree programmes there.
Quality Assurance in Higher Education Project Cont. The Quality Assurance in HE team will also set up an online Moodle platform for virtual exchange. Then we plan to look more at the experience in Egypt and develop a regional training programme.
“Transforming Learning” Conference Opening Session on 25 February in Amman
Full house at Royal Court Theatre, London Full house at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs on a rainy Saturday morning in January London! It is not a Royal Court hit show, but readings of excerpts of new plays from Syria. Five young Syrian playwrights spent a week at the Royal Court working with British actors and directors on plays they had developed over the past two years under the New Writing for Theatre project led by Scottish playwright David Greig. The readings were followed by a panel discussion with the writers about the impact of new writing for theatre in Syria today. Both actors and audience were thrilled at the experience of being in close contact with real characters, people and issues from a country that had otherwise seemed so far to them!
In cooperation with the British Universities Alumni Association (BUAA), the first session of the ‘Go-Getter’ Professional Development series was held at British Council Jordan on Wednesday 31 January 2007. The session was delivered by Dr Omar Aljazy, a renowned UK graduate lawyer who spoke to an audience of 96 young professionals. In cooperation with the British Universities Alumni Association (BUAA), the first session of the ‘Go-Getter’ Professional Development series was held at British Council Jordan on Wednesday 31 January 2007. The session was delivered by Dr Omar Aljazy, a renowned UK graduate lawyer who spoke to an audience of 96 young professionals.
Eighty students from the English Language Department at Al.Quds Open University meet every month to listen to lectures, discuss and share information with British specialists in the UK. The eight-session project which the British Council has been running in Palestine since December 2006 in partnership with IATEFL English for Specific Purposes and Special Interest Group at University of London, uses the video conference facility at Al.Quds Open University to link students from Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem and Hebron with the lecturers in London. Topics of discussion include teaching methodologies; teaching English language skills; communications; managing large classes; lesson planning etc..Participants are required to submit two assignments and are expected to get certificates at the end of the project.
Manchester schools visit to Palestine under Innovative Approaches to Learning Project. We received positive feedback from both British and Palestinian participants. Here are some samples: Feedback from Manchester teachers: • “We have more in common than I thought” • “I have learned so much about this beautiful country and how we can gainso much from working together” Feedback from Palestinian teachers: • “I learned a lot about how a person can benefit from sharing experience” • “I learned how to improve myself at school an enjoyed being with suchgentle people”