UWE conference celebrates Eastern European partnership

Issue date: 15 May 2009


University of the West of England Innovative and Creative approaches to intercultural dialogue conference

Monday 18 May Bristol Council House
Tuesday 19 May UWE Frenchay Campus

Almost 100 delegates from three European countries will convene at a special conference to highlight the culmination of a successful intercultural partnership in Bristol on 18 and 19 May 2009.

Education experts from the University of the West of England have organised the conference to celebrate a collaboration with two Eastern European Universities. The conference Innovative and Creative approaches to intercultural dialogue, takes place over two days at Bristol Council House (18 May) and Frenchay Campus (19 May).

This conference is the culmination of a two year relationship with Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnership between Szent Istvan University, Hungary and Western University Vasile Goldis, Romania and UWE.

The event will also be attended by delegates from residential home-school provision in Stroud and from local Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Bristol.

Dr Jane Tarr from UWE explains, “A shared knowledge exchange and consultancy activity over the past two years has contributed to a programme development in each participating university. At UWE it has supported the development of a module called 'Building Bridges between Supplementary and Mainstream Schools' and a year long staff development programme entitled 'Engaging with Innovators' with Novalis Trust who provide education and residential care for vulnerable young people and adults.”

“The conference will include 13 presentations from leaders and practitioners in the field. Ongoing 'Home Group' discussions take place throughout the two days, focused on the dimensions, principles and practices of intercultural dialogue.”

The outcome of the conference will be the identification of the attributes, knowledge and skills of intercultural dialogue that can be developed in the workplace with support from higher education institutions such as UWE.

The conference will close with a special social event at the Rose Green Centre in St George for all conference delegates and members of the local Somali and Zimbabwean communities.

Dinner will be prepared by a local Somali restaurant and music will be provided by Chartwell Dutiro, Zimbabwean mbira music, Mr Qays – music from Somalia and ZANGO a local band playing Shona music from Zimbabwe on mbiras, violins, drums and bass. Event starts at 19.30, all welcome.

The conference has been organised by Dr Jane Tarr and Dr Nick Clough, School of Education, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

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