International Leadership and Development Programme 2013

International Leadership Bangladesh Principals with Meriel Box, Head of Development and Paul Evans, Strategy Management Director

In partnership with the British Council LJMU hosted a group of Principals from Bangladesh Universities for a week-long study skills visit, the theme centred on ‘Strengthening Leadership Capacity in Higher Education’.

Over the past year some of our senior managers have engaged in remote mentoring relationships with leaders from a mix of private and publicly funded Bangladesh Universities.

During their visit to LJMU, the international visitors shadowed their respective mentor, sitting in on strategic development and planning meetings. They enjoyed guided tours of our Libraries and other sites such as the Astrophysics Research Institute, Lairdside Maritime Centre and the Art and Design Academy. Other LJMU staff presented overviews of current practice relating to research, quality assurance, learning, teaching and assessment, student experience, employability, strategic framework and organisational development.

Feedback from the Principals was very positive and they confirmed that the visit had provided valuable insights and experiential learning. Dr. MD Golam Samdani Fakir, Pro-Vice Chancellor, from BRAC University said:

‘The programme was well conceived, organised and implemented. All the members from LJMU and the British Council involved in this programme have provided a great service. Engaging in different academic activities at LJMU and meeting my personal mentor was a most rewarding experience for me. The university has developed a comprehensive five year strategic plan with a well thought out scheme for its effective implementation. The most impressive part of my learning was the systematic processes for faculty and student development. The mandatory system of attending a postgraduate certificate course in teaching and learning pedagogy by faculty staff has ensured a continuous drive for quality teaching and learning. I will recommend introducing a similar course to our BRAC University’.

Written by Meriel Box

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