GCU hosts event for US guidance counsellors

01 August 2016

GCU hosts event for US guidance counsellors

Schools careers guidance counsellors from across the US have visited GCU to learn more about Higher Education in the UK and Scotland.

The counsellors participated in a Continuing Professional Development programme led by GCU New York Dean Professor Bob Clougherty to learn about studying in the UK from a US perspective. The programme included sessions with GCU staff and students who presented on a range of topics. Guest speakers included members of the Students’ Association and GCU staff from Academic and Professional Service areas who discussed student life at GCU.

External speakers included the British Council, Tim Birtwistle, Professor of Law and Policy of Higher Education, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Law, who presented a session on the European perspectives on Higher Education. The course also included a workshop with Scottish careers guidance counsellors.

The group engaged in GCU’s mission as the University for the Common Good and the added value of GCU’s common good curriculum for students towards their development as global citizens and leaders. This included its work as a signatory to the United Nations PRME initiative (Principles for Responsible Management Education).

The number of US students choosing to pursue their degree internationally is increasing exponentially. The sessions helped the visiting counsellors understand the advantages and challenges of studying abroad, and how UK higher education functions differently from US education in areas of teaching methodologies, assessment, financial aid, admission, and student services.

GCU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Principal International Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans said: “We’ve been delighted to welcome these US School Guidance Counsellors to Glasgow, and have greatly enjoyed working with them to help raise awareness of Scotland as a study destination, and GCU in particular. With their cooperation, we very much hope that this experience will ultimately lead to higher numbers of US students coming across the pond to live and study with GCU.

"We’ve had great feedback from the group so far, especially on the relevance for US students of the education GCU offers and the common good curriculum."

The group has been enjoying a taste of Scots culture during the visit, including a visit to Loch Lomond, a traditional ceilidh and a bagpiping lesson.

It is the first time GCU has welcomed US school guidance counsellors to the campus.