British Council showcases City College’s internationalisation programme

12 Jun 2018 | College News

City College Plymouth has been held up by the British Council as a shining example of how internationalisation activities in further education can positively impact both students and staff.

The College’s internationalisation programme is embedded across their diverse curriculum and has boosted motivation and achievement amongst staff and students. It was recently recognised by the Association of Colleges Beacon Awards where the College achieved a Highly Commended award for its international staff development programme.

City College was the only representative from the South West to be included in the British Council’s ‘Internationalisation in TVET: a series of Further Education case studies from across the UK’ report.

Marguerite Hogg, International Projects Manager, Association of Colleges and International Consultant, who selected the case studies for publication said: “Internationalisation activities can include a whole host of academic and strategic initiatives carried out by further education colleges, from developing partnerships with colleges in other countries and offering overseas placements to students and staff, to recruiting international students. But what links these activities, and what these case studies aim to demonstrate, is the positive impact internationalisation can have on students, teachers, learning environments and local communities.”

Each year, more than 100 City College students get the opportunity to participate in short and long-term work experience and training placements overseas, while more than 70 staff members get to experience education systems in countries such as China, Thailand, Malaysia and South Africa first-hand.

The College also hosts students and staff from the European Union and delivers high-level training and vocational programmes for partners in China and South East Asia. It also works with seven partner colleges across Europe through an Erasmus+ project to improve social enterprise in vocational education.

The British Council particularly recognised the College’s participation in the UK/China Partnership Innovation Challenge Fund – an international project that supports the improvement of dementia care in the UK and China and provides training for Chinese and UK students. Plymouth recently hosted the International Dementia Conference and is recognised as a leading hub for dementia research.

Fiona Horrell, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the College, said: “Through our array of international programmes, the College is helping students improve their employment chances by responding to employer demands for soft skills, greater cultural awareness and international experiences. Participating in international projects and placements has also increased the motivation of both staff and students, leading to significantly improved attendance and academic achievement.”

Interested in finding out where City College could take you? Speak to their team at the College’s Course Information Drop-in event on Wednesday 13 June, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, at Kings Road. Visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 for more information.

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