Some great opportunities for SoEd with our new Finnish partner.
1. New MOU with the University of Jyväskylä (JYU), Finland
This MOU was proposed by Associate Professor Anne Harris, School of Education, College of Design and Social Context and endorsed by Professor Andrea Chester, Dean, School of Education. The purpose of this MOU is to support collaborative professional development, scholarly exchange and joint funding submissions, research projects and publications. It will also facilitate the exploration of teacher training residencies.
JYU has a long history in teacher training and was the first Finnish Teacher College, established in 1863.
2. New MOU with the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), China
This new agreement was signed on the occasion of a recent BIFT delegation visit. It was proposed by Mr Grant Emerson, Program Manager, School of Fashion and Textiles and endorsed by Professor Robyn Healy, Dean, School of Fashion and Textiles. This partnership evolved out of mutual visits and will facilitate exchange of faculty and staff members, research collaboration, and the exploration of student exchange platforms and of joint degree programs in fashion.
BIFT is China’s first higher education institution specialising in fashion. It emphasises the practical application of knowledge and skills and has a strong industry partner network. It collaborates with numerous fashion companies in China through joint research and development centres. In 2012, BIFT established BIFTPARK in collaboration with the Beijing Municipal Government, a purpose-built facility for talent training, innovative project incubation, fashion business networking, and the exchange of fashion ideas.
3. New MOU with Beijing Normal University Zhuhai (BNUZ), China
This agreement was signed during Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Development and Vice-President Professor Andrew MacIntyre’s recent visit to BNUZ. It recognises the steady growth of this partnership since its beginning in 2003: when an initial MOU was established and provided the basis for mutual visits and for the development of credit agreements into various RMIT bachelor programs of which 14 are currently in place. Recent credit agreements were concluded with the College of Business and the College of Design and Social Context programs, particularly with the School of Property, Construction and Project Management.
The MOU facilitates the exchange of faculty and staff members, special short term academic programs, and the exploration of student exchange programs and partnered coursework delivery. It was strongly endorsed by Professor Ron Wakefield, Dean, School of Property, Construction and Project Management and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor International, College of Design and Social Context.