Centre for Global Studies in Education launched

5 April 2013

Michael Fowke

CGSE: Global Studies in Education administrator Courtney White, Professor Tina Besley, Associate Professor Michael A. Peters, and Faculty of Education Dean Professor Roger Moltzen at the launch.

This week the University of Waikato officially launched the Centre for Global Studies in Education, the first of its type in New Zealand.

Led by Professors Tina Besley and Michael A. Peters, the centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to explore and research the new challenges for educators that are emerging in our globalised, increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

The centre has a broad mandate which covers research, postgraduate teaching, conferences and seminars, and explores and researches the educational dimensions of global processes, interconnectivity, and intercultural education.

Speaking at the launch Professor Besley said the centre aims to become an inter-disciplinary centre which will raise the university’s international profile. Plans are afoot to build on the university’s international academic network.

“Global Studies involves both the local and the global in an understanding that we are all connected in this world, that we are educating for global connectedness as global citizens.”

Already the centre's postgraduate courses have attracted people interested in working in non-government organisations and teachers who are overseas based and others located in New Zealand.

The centre is hosted by the University of Waikato Faculty of Education but is open to all disciplines and faculties, and is pleased to be partnering with Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. The  Centre for Global Studies in Education was formally launched at a ceremony at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on April 4.

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