The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is to deliver a Certificate in Leading Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLLTHE) at Nankai University, China.
The programme, which is fully aligned to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), is part of the University’s strategy to enhance its teaching provision through the professionalisation and continuous professional development of its teaching staff. The programme comprises three four-day modules which will begin in early 2017.
Staff at Nankai University who successfully complete the programme will well-placed to apply for HEA Fellowship. They will also be able to play an important role as ’early-adopters’ and advocates for CPD in the University’s longer-term plans to build in-house capacity to sustain its excellent teaching offer through staff development opportunities aligned to the PSF.
The University’s decision to develop the programme was confirmed following a visit last month by the HEA Head of International Services, Kathryn Harrison Graves.
Mr. Du Yujin, Deputy Director, Faculty Development Centre, Nankai University, said, “Nankai University has a great reputation for its teaching offer. But going forward, we want to achieve more and it’s very important for us to ensure that we retain and build our reputation. A key way for us to do this is by continuously developing our teaching staff and recognising their work. That’s why the PSF, an internationally recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support, appealed to us.
“On top of that, the categories of HEA Fellowship clearly recognise individuals at each stage of their career – and that’s very motivating for our staff. The global community of practitioners offered by HEA Fellowship gives us the opportunity to share best practice, and this complements the University’s global outlook in research and international student recruitment. We’re really looking forward to starting this programme.”
Kathryn Harrison-Graves said, “We are delighted to be working with Nankai University. The University has a strategic approach to developing its teaching offer and this programme is designed to support that intuitional direction as well as engaging individuals responsible for leadership in teaching. Critical reflection and drawing on theories and concepts of learning to inform practice will be at the core of the programme.”
“We have a growing portfolio of work in China so we are well-placed to share best practice with the programme participants from other institutions in the country, including Hong Kong, as well as from our worldwide network.”
Nankai University, in Tianjin, is a multidisciplinary and research-oriented university with more than over 33,000 students. The University is ranked 11th in China (Netbig Rankings) and in the top 150 worldwide (Times Higher Education).
The HEA works in more than 25 countries across the world supporting continuous professional development in learning and teaching, and working with institutions to solve shared challenges such as employability, retention and assessment and feedback.