UWTSD Students visit Ohio


Three third year students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are currently in the USA visiting the University of Rio Grande Ohio.

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Alexandra Deakin from Pembroke Dock; Emily Knell-Davies from the Elan Valley and Rhiannon Sinnott from Swansea, are all studying BA Primary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on the University’s Carmarthen campus and have each been awarded a scholarship to look at schools in the USA.

The three students are having a great time in Ohio and yesterday appeared on the University of Rio Grande’s Television Channel where they were interviewed by the University’s Provost, Dr Richard Sax about the University and their course.  They also spoke about Wales, its traditions, landscape and language.

Alexandra, Emily and Rhiannon were interested in a period abroad and approached Kath Griffiths in the University’s International Office for possibilities. Due to the strong links between UWTSD and the University of Rio Grande, Kath suggested the students should go to Ohio. 

" We are really enjoying our time in Rio Grande, Ohio,” says Emily.

“We have received such a warm welcome from everybody we have met and the weather is fantastic!  This is a unique opportunity to learn about the Welsh heritage and culture in America. We are so grateful to everyone at the UWTSD International Office and the Madog Centre of Rio Grande for enabling us to have this experience,"  she continues.

Since 2002, the University of Rio Grande and its Madog Center for Welsh Studies have had a student exchange programme with University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Located in the midst of one of the largest Welsh-American settlements in North America, the Madog Center for Welsh Studies has established a Resource Center and Library. The activities and programmes of the Madog Center help to support the preservation of the Welsh language and culture, the arts, academics, the Welsh-American connection, and promotes local Welsh-American activities.

Kath Griffiths, who leads the study abroad programmes at UWTSD said: “We were delighted to send three students from our BA Primary Education course to Rio Grande.

“The link is so important to us, to help preserve the Welsh-American connection. It is also important for us at UWTSD to create global graduates and to offer as many opportunities as possible for our students.

“We have excellent long-standing partnerships throughout the world and I encourage all students to take up some of these fantastic opportunities. Not only will they give students great educational opportunities, they can also be life changing.”

During the Summer, representatives from the University of Rio Grande were also in Wales.  Lecturer, Jeanne Jindra was in Abergavenny for the National Eisteddfod in August and took the opportunity to visit the Carmarthen campus to meet with staff; to explore further opportunities and collaborations, and to meet with the three students before they left for Ohio.

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