Category Archives: Organisational Development

ACU Digital Now events: “Strategies for successfully moving courses online” and “Going Global 2020: From Global Goals to Global Learning”

Kia ora colleagues The following invitation has been received from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. These events are free as part of our membership.  If you want the information but the time zone doesn’t suit, register for the event and they will then send you a link to the recorded webinar.

Connect with colleagues from across the Commonwealth – attend an ACU Digital Now event.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. ACU Digital Now is part of our commitment to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using digital solutions to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

From free webinars offering practical advice and lessons learned, to virtual conferences exploring a range of key areas in higher education – ACU Digital Now marks a digital step change in how we collaborate with each other.

Get insights and perspectives from universities across the Commonwealth to advance your knowledge and support your work. Register online to attend an ACU Digital Now event:

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.

If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards,  The ACU

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ACU member introduction: International collaboration by Professor (Dr) C Raj KumarFounding Vice-Chancellor at ACU member OP Jindal Global University, India.

The future of the world will depend upon our ability and capacity to deal with adversities and challenges. From responding to COVID-19, to protecting the environment and building peaceful, pluralistic communities, our fragile planet will continue to face challenges – most of which will concern the sustainability of our future. Addressing such global challenges requires collective imagination and thoughtful action.

It is against this backdrop that the work of the ACU, including bringing together young minds across the Commonwealth, becomes increasingly important and significant. The future of our planet will depend upon our commitment to developing resilience and this work begins at the universities of the world.

Earlier this year, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) partnered with the ACU, British Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO-Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA Youth Foundation and UNESCO-MGIEP to host youth leaders from 15 Commonwealth countries for the second Commonwealth Futures workshop on ‘Inspiring global citizens’. Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the workshop examined multidisciplinary themes relating to the concept of global citizenship such as participatory democracy, community engagement, peace, non-violence, and prevention of violent extremism.

Universities have a critical role to play in preparing young minds to go on and create sustainable futures. Key focus areas include developing curricula and pedagogies oriented towards sustainable development, fostering global networks and communities of knowledge, and building close networks with local communities.

At JGU, we are striving to work on a pan-university, multidisciplinary strategy to explore innovative and sensitive ways to teach, learn, work, and live. As a demographically diverse university, in a semi-rural region in northern India that still faces enormous social and economic developmental challenges, we are particularly conscious about creating a transformative institutional model in higher education.

Given the current global health emergency, the need to innovate within higher education is more pertinent than ever. Universities across the world are demonstrating agility and an openness to change as they adapt to new ways of teaching and working. At JGU we seek to do justice to the goals and aspirations of our students, even in times of such crisis, while ensuring the safety and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, JGU was prepared to handle the unanticipated and complete immersion into virtual learning and online teaching, and a strong academic and digital infrastructure enabled us to smoothly transition to the online world to deliver over 400 courses online this summer.

We are delighted to have been able to be part of the Commonwealth Futures and ACU Digital Now events, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the ACU’s extensive network.

With warm regards,

Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar
Founding Vice-Chancellor
OP Jindal Global University

Māpura Māori – Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

In this edition of Māpura Māori, Reo Māori in a minute, we are looking at the reo Māori name for UC, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.

“Whare wānanga” is a term associated with tradition schools of learning. Over time, this term has been used to also mean ‘university’

“Waitaha” is a name used to describe Canterbury, but it is derived from the name, Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha, the vast plains upon which were occupied by Waitaha.

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Māpura Māori – Reo Māori in a minute!

Māpura means fire, flash or spark

Delivered to your email inbox each fortnight Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity will provide a small video clip called Māpura Māori – Reo Māori in a minute –  a short, informal pronunciation lesson to assist you with the correct pronunciation of some of our UC events, publications, programmes, places and spaces.

Māpura Māori is designed to both spark your motivation and provide you with a better understanding of the meaning behind many of these names and phrases – so that you build your bicultural competence and confidence while giving reo a go!

Kia iti te kupu, kia nui te whakaaro – capitalising on the micro-moments of opportunity that are available in our busy days, we have set ourselves a challenge – to provide you with a snippet of support via a video clip, in only 90 seconds or less. You will also find a link to an audio file so that you are able to click, listen, learn and let your ārero (tongue) practice the pronunciation in the privacy of your own home or office space.

Kia kaha tatou ki te tū ki te tahi – kia kaha tō tatou reo Māori!

Tū ki te tahi means to ‘stand as one’.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation for “Tū ki te tahi”.

Tū ki te tahi is an excerpt taken from the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī: “Whakahaua tō iwi, kia tū ki te tahi” which translates to ‘encourage your people to stand as one’.

In naming our staff pānui Tū ki te tahi, we acknowledge this fortnightly email as an opportunity for us all as UC whānau to engage and be empowered by the information shared so that we increase our knowledge on how to continue making a difference in our community, locally and globally – tangata tū, tangata ora.

Appointment Dean – Future Learning and Development

We are pleased to advise the appointment of Professor Mick Grimley to the fixed term position of Dean Future Learning and Development, reporting to Catherine Moran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic. Mick joins us from Torrens University, Australia where he was the Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Dean of Education. Prior to joining Torrens University Mick was the foundational Chair of Education at Swinburne University where he established the Department of Education and developed and led a comprehensive suite of programmes online and face to face. Between 2002 and 2012 Mick served as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the School of Education Studies and Human Development at the University of Canterbury and is excited to be ‘returning home.’ Mick’s main research area is Educational Technology and he has extensive experience in the development of flexible learning models and has led and developed a number of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

Mick will be joining UC from 2 June 2020 and will play a critical role in the continued strategy and development of our online learning at UC.