Foreign Affairs School, Beijing
Greenwich Community College has a long standing partnership with the Foreign Affairs School in Beijing with the aim of developing our vocational programs and preparing our students for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. In our work with the Foreign Affairs School we have sent tutors to China to deliver English classes and exchange curriculum material.
At the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics students and teachers from Greenwich Community College visited the Foreign Affairs School to help them host the New Zealand Olympic Team who was staying at the hotel which belongs to the Foreign Affairs School. During the trip Students from Greenwich Community College learnt about Chinese culture, Etiquette and education system. Staff from the college also shared teaching methodologies with teachers from the Foreign Affairs School.
In April 2009 Greenwich Community College will be hosting a party of staff and students from the Foreign Affairs School who will be in the UK to learn more about British Culture and education system. During their visit students from both colleges will work on joint projects and also gain work experience in the UK workplace.
Through its partnership work with the Foreign Affairs School, Greenwich Community College has developed a short course titled “Welcoming Chinese Visitors” for organisations who engage Chinese visitors.
College After Yaroslav the Wise
Greenwich Community College’s work with the College After Yaroslav the Wise included reviewing tourism curricula provision, obtaining current tourism course information specifically for customer service, establishing current occupational standards and mapping against UK standards for customer service.
To help improve Employer engagement in Veliky Novgorod we established a tourism Employer Engagement Network Group to inform, pilot and provide feedback on the project.
We also advised on setting up a college/employer engagement seminar in Veliky Novgorod, with representatives from vocational education (including regional level) and a range of tourism employers within Veliky Novgorod, which established key competencies that meet customer service skills needs locally in Veliky Novgorod and decide how those competencies will be assessed. The group worked with project staff, jointly to produce a Customer Service employer training tool kit.
Our partnership with the College After Yaroslav the Wise involved student and staff exchanges to both the UK and Russia. Greenwich Community College students were able to conduct research and deliver tours at the Veliky Novgorod World Heritage Site as well as exchange experiences and techniques with Russian students.
Greenwich Community College and the College After Yaroslav the Wise have an agreement to cooperate with each other for the next three years.
Thailand, Payap Technology and Business College
Greenwich has worked in partnership with Payap Technology and Business College to develop their Travel & Tourism curriculum, using e-learning tools as a method of exchanging information i.e. curriculum, standards, teaching methods, learning materials, assessment methods and resources. We also shared our experience of engaging employers with our partners in Thailand which included holding a symposium for local employers to identify their training needs.
Staff and student exchanges have taken place in both Thailand and the UK. Students from both colleges participated in a number of activities including work placements, teaching experience, language development, developing IT skills and cultural activities.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Payap Technology and Business College to continue to work in partnership on joint curriculum development, staff and student exchanges, and English Language training.
Anne Arundel Community College, Springfield Technical Community College,
The aim of our work with colleges in the USA is to cross map UK Foundation Degrees with Associate Degrees in the USA. In the long term it is hoped that student mobility will be increased in both countries by allowing students who have begun their studies in one country to complete their studies in the other country.
Colleges from both nations also exchanged teaching methodologies and materials to help each other improve their curriculums and internationalise its content.
Through the work completed in the USA, together with a collaborative presentation at the Community Colleges International Development conference in Orlando, Greenwich Community College has succeeded in considerably raising the profile of the UK’s Foundation Degree qualifications.
Bin Thuan Community College (BTCC) at Phan Thiet
In our work in Vietnam Greenwich Community College has worked with Bin Thuan College to help modernise their Tourism curriculum to meet the demands of local employers. The long term plan is to help Bin Thuan become Vietnam’s National Centre of Excellence in Tourism Vocational Education and Training.
Staff exchanges in both Vietnam and the UK have taken place in our work with Bin Thuan College. Greenwich Community College staff conducted a symposium involving Bin Thuan College, employers and the tourism industry to help identify the training needs of local employers and explore ways that Bin Thuan College could work in partnership with local employers.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Bin Thuan College to continue to work in partnership on joint curriculum development, leadership development, staff and student exchanges, and English Language training.