Source: University of Calgary media room.
I was very excited to be part of a University doctoral exchange in May of this year where students from the University of Calgary, Beijing Normal University and Queensland University of Technology spent one week with academic mentors immersed in cultural and academic exchange.
Late last year, five doctoral students from the Werklund School of Education travelled to China to spend a week with students from Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
The three teams of students are part of a research program that considers doctoral research across cultures– what it means to challenge previously held understandings of language, research, education and the broader social cultural context.
In the early part of our visit we took part in seminars and meetings held on campus, and we finished off the week as participants in the Ideas 2016 conference, hosted by Werklund and the Galileo Educational Network; the annual conference focuses on educational assessment and designing for innovation.
In the middle of the week, on a beautiful sunny southern Alberta day, we were invited to the Siksika Nation, where we spent time at the Crowfoot School and Blackfoot Crossing. We welcomed the opportunity to learn more about Canada’s First Peoples and found the experience both informative and emotional.
Thank you to Queensland University of Technology for sponsoring me to attend the forum and special thanks to the Siksika Nation and to the amazing staff and Werklund School of Education students from the University of Calgary for hosting us. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity which I will never forget.