18 – 21 April 2016, Uppsala
A group of 27 faculty and students from six MNU partner institutions came together for this multi-institutional, faculty-student workshop in Uppsala, marking the first meeting of the Global Citizenship Programme. During the four-day workshop, participants explored critical notions of global citizenship, shared work and experiences, and collaboratively proposed structures and content for the emerging Global Citizenship Programme. The outcomes of the workshop have been fed into further processes, and the Programme and its activities will be further developed in the second half of 2016 and beyond.
This first meeting focused on two of the Programme’s ‘strands’, ‘Empowering Learners’ and ‘Community Engagement’:
Empowering Learners is inspired by the idea that students are key stakeholders of the future. It aims to identify, discuss and develop initiatives and approaches in which students are active co-creators of higher education and through empowering experiences, are acquiring the tools, mind-sets and courage to be able to act as global citizens.
As the word Matariki, in Māori, has come to mean a celebration of the unique place in which we reside, and the giving of respect for the land on which we live, a place-based and community-centered approach to educating global citizens seems appropriate. This strand calls for MNU initiatives that enable students, through multi- and transdisciplinary work modes, to become community-engaged, socially and environmentally aware learners.
This open strand invites ideas for key strands of a global citizenship programme that MNU partner universities are particularly interested in exploring further, and which would complement and build on the already suggested strands.
The event provided a forum for delegates from partner universities to share their own ideas, experiences and suggestions to contribute to forming the programme’s future. Possibilities discussed included online/distance exchange activities and collaboration, travel and exchanges between partner universities, educational offerings across institutions, research related to global citizenship within and outside universities, funding possibilities for student or staff initiated projects, development of new educational models, sharing of ideas and models for community engagement, and more.
For further information, please contact institutional MNU Co-ordinators or the workshop coordinators, who are part of the organising group at Uppsala University:
READ the news story on the MNU website
READ Anne Johnsen’s blog post on the Durham website