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Welsh University Leads Conferences for Indian Educators

02.04.2014

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has offered quality education training and research in south west Wales for over 165 years and now the University’s experience has been called upon by educators in India.

Professor Ken Jones, Senior Consultant for Continuing Professional Learning at UWTSD, recently led a conference for teachers, teacher educators and government officials in Ludhiana, India. This is the third time that Professor Jones has been asked to take a lead in the planning and delivery of conferences in the Punjab, a region in Northern India.

The theme of the conference was ‘Challenges for Learning Professionals – New Directions’. It was held in the city of Ludhiana which has a population of nearly 4 million and is a highly industrialised city where three languages are spoken: Hindi, Punjabi and English.

Professor Jones said: “There is huge disparity between schools in this region. Some pupils and teachers are privileged in having access to good facilities but many are not. Even in the best schools, there is very little effective professional development support for teachers. Our aim in running the conference, in collaboration with Partap College of Education in Ludhiana, was to raise awareness of the need for teachers and school leaders to have access to the high quality professional development support which is needed to raise the standards of learning and teaching in schools in the region.”

Professor Jones was the lead international organiser of the conference which was established by Dr Balwant Singh, Principal of Partap College. Other international speakers included Dr Margery McMahon, National Coordinator of the newly founded Scottish College for Educational Leadership and Professor Steven Coombs, Chair of Teacher Education at the University of the South Pacific.

Professor Jones said: “Following this conference, a symposium on school leadership will be arranged for school principals in Ludhiana and we intend for this to open doors for further professional development opportunities for teachers in all schools in the region.”

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was formed in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 Swansea Metropolitan University merged into the University.
  2. The University’s 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and is third to Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH The Prince of Wales is the University’s Royal Patron.
  3. On 1 August 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged into the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group but will retain its own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged into the group on 1 January 2014.

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