Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD International Student Success

18.06.2015

As part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's (UWTSD) commitment to Internationalisation and creating Global Citizens there is a longstanding study abroad programme and a number of reciprocal exchange programmes with partner institutions available to students. The Study Abroad program provides students with sound academic knowledge, and is also structured to enable students to enjoy the rich diversity of cultural and social experiences available in Wales and at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The University has links in the USA, Canada, in Europe through the Erasmus programme and in China through the Chinese Studies programme.

During semester one of this academic year, Colleen McCabe was an exchange student in Carmarthen. Colleen joined UWTSD from Wilkes Barre University, Pennsylvania, USA.  As part of her academic study she undertook Glenn Behenna's Project Management module within the Faculty of Business and Management. Colleen has since been successful in the field of Project Management, achieving third place in her state final, with the prominent Phi Beta Lambda Business Club, with an opportunity to progress to the USA National final in Chicago, Illinois.

Colleen said: “I really enjoyed Glenn Behenna's Project Management class because he was very helpful to his students; he was very sociable and easy to talk to. I feel that his course taught me different ways to look at projects, not just facts and figures. It helped me understand different aspects of being a project manager that I can now put to use in my personal experiences as a student, and as a future business woman.

“I think studying at UWTSD showed me a different perspective on student life. It was very different than in the US; I wasn't always in my bedroom studying, it allowed for more time to get to know my fellow UWTSD classmates and tutors on a more personal basis. Living in another country, though not completely alone, has taught me to be more independent. I feel that it has made me more courageous in decision making and moving forward with my plans for the future after I graduate. I am more open to traveling and experiencing different things.”

Glenn Behenna said: "The Project Management module I deliver has a theoretical basis and provides a sound understanding and foundation for the student to acquire core knowledge to take forward into the world of work.  I provide a clear linkage to how projects are planned and delivered in the real world, effectively drawing upon a wide range of project management experience in the private and public sectors including the Welsh and UK Government.  This enables students to understand the link between theory and practice and the challenges of working with people and dealing with change and the management of change.  It's great to know that Colleen has been recognised at State level by a leading USA wide Business club for her knowledge of project management and has the opportunity to go forward to a USA national final.

"Having had the opportunity to teach many international exchange students over several years, including from our partner institutions in the USA, I find there are a wide range of benefits for both the exchange student and the rest of my students.  Although the majority of UWTSD Carmarthen students are from the UK, the mix of students from various countries and cultures really does add a lot to the interactions within the classroom and I’m sure outside class on the social side.  There are many trips available which add to the experience of studying abroad and help to make for an experience that will benefit an exchange student throughout their lives."

Kath Griffiths, International Office said: “Colleen was an active participant in the class and achieved a very good overall result.  We hope that Colleen's learning experiences at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the Business School and the Project Management module in particular, have contributed to equipping her to do well and perhaps progress even further. We wish her all the best.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014