UCLan Vice Chancellor asks delegates to reflect at the opening of the International Symposium

Vice Chancellor Dr Malcolm McVicar opened UCLan’s International Symposium, being hosted in Preston this week, with a pertinent question:

“How did you feel when you were 21 years of age?”

Dr McVicar continued, asking the delegates – assembled from partner institutions across the world – to recall what their feelings were when they were in the final year of their first degree, and what possibilities laid before them.

This was the starting point for a keynote address that outlined the challenges facing graduates in 2012 – energy, security, sustainability, environmental – all having an impact on higher education. Dr McVicar also went on to hightlight the opportunities, such as international harmony and sustainability.

Dr McVicar outlined what UCLan is doing to actively address these challenges, to increase student mobility and deliver a superlative student experience – putting students at the centre of eveything that we do.

UCLan’s ‘Internationalisation’ agenda involves offering language, cultural awareness and opportunities for students to study at one of the planned and emerging overseas campuses, in Cyprus, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

The partnership network is central to this and in order to move to the next level, Dr McVicar said that he was seeking the views of delegates to ensure ‘mutuality and passion’ for the global student experience.

He continued:

“I hope that you will leave the International Symposium with reaffirmed relationships, having found innovative ways to embrace the challenges facing us in 2012”.

When asked what he would say in reply to ‘Why would a student choose UCLan over another university?’, Dr McVicar replied: “Quality – the quality of the experience is unparalleled here at UCLan.”

The International Symposium continues this week and photographs will be posted to the blog soon.