Sian Rees, Associate Dean, Enterprise in Cardiff School of Management (CSM) and Fiona Argent, Manager, Centre for Work-based Learning recently completed a 4 day visit to Cardiff Met's ICBT campus. Spread over eight campuses throughout Sri Lanka, they visited campuses in Mattara and Colombo.
Sian was funded via Erasmus+ to undertake teaching to a variety of classes, across levels 4-6, large to small, full-time and part-time, business/management students as well as those studying software engineering, electrical engineering and law.
She taught over 100 students in all and delivered sessions with the theme of leadership and management. The sessions were adapted to suit the learning needs of the different groups. All sessions were designed to encourage the students to examine, and then reflect on, their current thinking on the concepts of 'leadership' and 'management'. They were encouraged to consider that leadership is for everyone according to personal choice and not limited by gender or hierarchy. The session also gave those in work a tool with which they can begin to examine their own leadership practice.
Fiona was funded via Erasmus + to share the work that the Centre for Work Based Learning [CWBL] promotes and supports across the University. With a focus on the newly validated Masters in Professional Practice/ Leadership practice, Fiona was able to meet with key staff in both Matara and Colombo campuses to share the learning and teaching concepts behind the programme, and how it works in developing skills of work-based professionals and practitioners. Fiona was able to share the opportunities that the programme has for opening part-time programmes for work based professionals and defined the market that this programme has been specifically validated for.
The visit further strengthened the relationship between ICBT and CSM and hopefully will lead to further opportunities to work together.