ABC University 2016 – 2020: FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAMME
The time has come to produce our Institutional Learning and Teaching Strategy for the period 2016 to 2020. But first let us see what progress we have made towards the Vision of our 2011-15 strategy, which stated that ABC University seeks to:
Provide a research-led and student-centred learning experience to students from across the world in a context of innovation, dynamism and inclusivity;Locate teaching and learning at the heart of the institution’s reputation for international excellence;Embody the principles of its “education for global citizenship” agenda across the full range of its teaching activity;Be recognised as a leader in higher education provision and policy.
The Future Leaders Programme (FLP) was introduced into ABC in 2011, and the first two introductory workshops were run in the autumn of that year. FLP was well-received by staff and students, who gave useful suggestions for adding value to the workshops, and for increasing their own involvement in planning the next stage of the programme. By the end of the first academic year 2011-12, 100 students had attended either one or two workshops. During the same period, 18 student volunteers received training to become facilitators.
Based on this positive experience, it was agreed to proceed with the full FLP programme, including lecturecasts, on-line learning, facilitated group work with problem-based learning and one-to-one tutorials. These learning activities were linked to short-term placements for applied learning or internships in a business, government, NGO or community organisations. In delivering this part of the programme, FLP was able to draw upon the experience of the Centre for Applied Global Citizenship and the Applied Studies module offered by the ABC Centre for International Health and Development.
All ABC departments were kept informed about the progress of FLP through a weekly bulletin published on the programme’s social network. This form of communication generated considerable interest and comment from staff and students, with an even balance between the positive and the negative, but all of it useful input to further development. Consequently there has been no shortage of ABC departments wanting to get involved with the programme, and places for introductory workshops for the next two years are now fully booked. We are therefore examining how the expansion of FLP can be accelerated without incurring higher costs or risking a reduction in quality.