We are delighted to bring forth the presence and visibility of University of Stirling, and SQA Diplomas RAK Campus various initiatives. Teaching is not a stochastic process but a beacon of logically structured guidance - this belief is our foundation at the institutes. At quantum levels, the teaching deliverables will instill and enhance a passion for teaching and learning – both for the faculties and the students alike. At classical levels this will be visible through the student’s abilities to apply these learnings to the contemporary matrices of personal and professional lives and those of self-development. One of the most important aspect of these is the ‘learning process ownership’ through self, peer and guided mentoring. Our vision, therefore, for these initiatives is ‘knowledge – a pursuit of life’.
The initiatives are under broad categories:
We have initiated series of Faculty Development Programs (FDP) for their teaching staffers that will give them a deeper insight to reflect on teaching practices and portfolio building. In addition to this educators will have an opportunity to explore the focus areas of pedagogy, course and assessment design, professional communication, language and culture of the classroom, as well as their reflections on teaching. These sessions will use the most relevant research on how students learn in the HE context as well as broaden their range of teaching skills, and help them create inclusive teaching strategies in their unique context. In addition to this, these sessions will help them chalk out their teaching philosophy and teaching portfolio which details their experience and critical reflections on teaching and learning. As educators it is critical to have a constant upgradation of skills and must be willing to acquire new skills and innovate in order to stay abreast of the market developments and through these FDP series, we offer a variety of faculty development sessions catering to this very area.
At University of Stirling, and SQA Diplomas, RAK Campus, we believe in reaching out to other learning communities, enterprises, entities and people locally and in different parts of the world who may benefit from propagation of the knowledge and create success in life for themselves. Through our ‘Connect and Reach Out’ Initiatives we mutually and continuously enrich our knowledge and culture as a learning and teaching community.
Personal Development Programs (PDP) as a metaphor is like Fibonacci sequence where one arranges all their attributes in the most optimal manner and it is more of a reflection from within and to the world they belong to. The objective of the proposed PDPs are to have a holistic approach toward personal development from the perspective of developing ones’ own self-awareness towards their objectives, aspirations and goals of life while recognizing the situations and the demands both at work and life. This recognition gives an impetus to the strategic thought process whilst translating those into tangible achievements at a tactical level. In short, PDPs are to enhance one’s skills, capabilities, citizenry and the deliverables which one is expected to accomplish. Understanding oneself is a prerequisite for understanding the impact we have on people and on situations. Individuals are responsible for developing their own portfolio of skills and people learn best when they decide what they need to do for themselves. Given the importance of PDP in one’s career development, we have put together series of PDP sessions for our staffers.
As a University we have a social responsibility to participate in the enhancement of the community’s knowledge and to provide guidance towards an informed, successful and knowledge based sustaining capabilities. This initiative is designed to cause a tangible impact on these communities through various relevant programmmes for the community’s improvements in useful and productive life skills. Another aim of this initiative is to create a motivation and a purpose for learning among people irrespective of age and the societal status for the larger good of the society.
We had a grand success of our first Teaching and Learning conference on 09th January, 2021 which was jointly conducted between University of Stirling, RAK Campus and Higher Education Forum, India. The Central Theme of the Conference was: “Post Covid World: Academics and Changing Corporate Landscape”.