Advance HE celebrated new Fellowship Forums in China, at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu on 15 October and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai on 16 October. The Forums were a great success, with several new HEA Fellows travelling across China to attend the events. Both evenings provided an opportunity to network, learn more about Advance HE, and discover how Fellowship relates to the leadership of learning and teaching in Higher Education. Delegates also celebrated the success of newly conferred HEA Fellows.
The event was led by Becky Smith, Advance HE’s Assistant Director, International Business Development & Delivery, as part of a teaching and learning collaboration between Advance HE, QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and co-funded with the support of the Queensland Government's International Education and Training Partnership Fund, managed by the International Education and Training Unit (IETU) within Trade and Investment Queensland. The collaboration has highlighted innovative approaches to teaching and learning and provided opportunities for higher education institutions in China to promote and benchmark teaching excellence.
QUT, an Advance Global Partner, co-led the first three events, working with other award-winning educators from Queensland universities and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), an Advance HE Strategic Partner.
HEA Fellowship – A route to benchmarking and rewarding
A key part of the collaboration was to highlight the benefit of HEA Fellowship as a route to benchmarking and rewarding those leading, delivering or supporting teaching.
HEA Fellowship is fully aligned to the Professional Standards Framework, a unique and internationally recognised set of standards for teaching and learning in higher education. There are now more than 100,000 HEA Fellows around the world, forming a global community of best practice in teaching and learning.
Becky said: “It was wonderful to be able to celebrate the culmination of the Global Partnerships for Academic Teaching Excellence Project by recognising the achievements of our new HEA Fellows in Chengdu and Shanghai. What struck me most was the collective appreciation of the staff and mentors at the ten participating Queensland universities and the acknowledgement that the reflective journey towards Fellowship had renewed enthusiasm and passion for practice.”
She added: “There was clearly a strong desire to maintain and strengthen the bonds forged between the teaching staff in both China and Queensland as a result of this initiative. The partnership between QUT, the Queensland government and Advance HE has, I believe, met its aims of raising the profile of teaching excellence and enabling greater international collaboration.”
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