UWTSD delegation takes part in UNESCO International Conference on Peace


01.10.2018

A delegation from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) participated in the UNESCO International Conference on Peace which took place in Paris recently..

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This was the third year for the University to attend the conference which was held at UNESCO's main building in Paris. Bringing together international speakers on themes such as governance, education and religious tolerance with UNESCO ambassadors from around the world, the Conference aimed to share best practice for community building, conflict resolution, and interfaith harmony across the globe.

During the conference, UNESCO ambassadors led themed discussions that were followed by panels and presentations which included UWTSD academics. Professor Medwin Hughes DL, UWTSD’s Vice-Chancellor shared the stage with UNESCO ambassadors from Yemen, Tunisia, Palestine and Cambodia and he spoke about the importance of Intercultural and Interfaith Education and its centrality to the mission of the University. Dr Jeremy Smith, UWTSD’s Dean of Humanities followed this with a presentation entitled "Learning to Live Together: Education, Training, and Ethics". This presentation focused on connecting the research at the University with contemporary peacebuilding efforts, through a focus on educational ethics and critical pedagogy. Following his presentation he said:

“This is the third year in which the University has taken part and it was an honour to be involved with such a prestigious and highly regarded world event. The study of interfaith and the notion of harmony are key to the developments on UWTSD’s Lampeter campus.”

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The UWTSD delegation also included three students from the University’s Harmony Professional Doctorate Programme. Sneha Roy, Britt Bakker and Xuefeng Cui joined Dr Catrin Williams and Dr Angus Slater to speak about the Harmony Professional Doctorate Programme that they’re currently following. Dr Angus Slater, Lecturer in Theology & Religious Studies at UWTSD added:

“UWTSD’s Harmony Professional Doctorate Programme is an excellent example of Interfaith and Intercultural Education, connected to the core values of both UNESCO and UWTSD. The programme is dedicated to exploring the commonality of all the world’s great religions and faith communities - including common religious and textual understandings, ethics, mores, morals, metaphors - as part of a wider initiative into developing interfaith dialogue. It was fantastic to have three students from that programme with us to take part in such a high profile conference.”

Further Information

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