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Today, we are an independent group of students, researchers, academics, and alumni of the University of Oxford, united by a common passion for promoting education development worldwide. Our team comes from all corners of the globe, including Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Qatar, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with partners in China and India. Our disciplines and interests are as varied as our nationalities; our team consists of scientists, linguists, lawyers, teachers, archaeologists, and engineers. Individually, our backgrounds have instilled us with the firm belief that engaging with peers of diverse upbringings and cultural paradigms delivers a uniquely well-rounded education. In planning the curriculum for our summer school, we are conscious of the need for increasingly interdisciplinary modes of thought in a changing world, and we embrace the philosophy of experiential and self-directed learning in cooperation with motivated peers. With this approach, we seek to emulate the collaborative university research environment through our summer programme, letting students engage with issues in a way that builds confidence, critical thinking, & problem solving abilities.
Our curriculum is a combination of case studies, practical experiments, hands-on learning tasks, and collective group projects. Each of our modules ties into the others, so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We approach the central tenets of critical thinking, communication, and leadership from different viewpoints. As teachers, we have each been fortunate enough to witness students gaining an invaluable understanding of themselves and the world around them through globally orientated educational programmes. Our involvement in such projects has been immensely rewarding; we now seek to enable more students to learn through multicultural collaboration and exchange of ideas, building a worldwide network in the process. Indeed, the bonds formed during a residential summer school can last a lifetime. The memories formed during long walks in the English countryside and deep conversations in awe-inspiring libraries will give participants a new perspective with which to approach novel problems.
In addition to fostering a lively and open classroom experience, we bring a shared enthusiasm for programmes and activities like debating, summer workshops, and Model United Nations as particularly educational and enjoyable tools for conveying our learning goals. Between us, we have organised and attended an array of conferences across multiple continents. We hope to share this experience with you.