New MOU with St. Michael’s College Vermont


08.12.2021

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to announce the signing of an MOU with St. Michael’s College Vermont.  

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Both UWTSD and St. Michael’s College have worked together for a few years. Jeffrey Ayres, director of Center for Global Engagement at St. Michael’s College (SMCVT) has led the partnership from SMCVT, and UWTSD is delighted to take the discussions to the next level.

Saint Michael’s College is based in the state of Vermont on the east coast of the United States of America. Students and staff from Saint Michael’s College visited UWTSD previously for a two-week study abroad course focused on how Wales has integrated ecological sustainability throughout its culture, institutions, art, and policies. The course included cultural and environmental field studies, on-site guest lectures and collaboration and exchange of research and artistic projects.

The aim of the International Sustainability Summer Schools is to inform visiting students on the different perspectives of sustainability in Wales through cultural, ecological, political, geographic, and artistic lenses.

Saint Michael’s College approached UWTSD as they were aware of the University’s credentials in relation  to sustainability

UWTSD hopes that through the UK Government’s Turing Scheme and the new Welsh Government International Learning Exchange Fund for Wales, there will be future funded opportunities for staff and students to benefit from.

Both UWTSD and St. Michael’s College have a shared ethos for creating global citizenships and a commitment to sustainability.

Kath Griffiths, International Regional Manager (North America and Outward Mobility) noted: “We’ve been delighted to work with St. Michael’s College over the years and with the launch of the new ILEP scheme for Wales and Turing study abroad funding, now seems the most appropriate time to take our link to the next level.

“We hope that this is the start of a relationship in which our students can also benefit from exchange programmes with St Michael’s College and have the opportunity to visit Vermont for a sustainable business field visit – we are currently in the process of planning this for next year.”

St Michael’s staff members Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Stroup said: “This is the third visit in four years and our goal is to deepen the exchange between St Michael’s and UWTSD around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act as there are many synergies between Wales and Vermont.  The students projects are about the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and each of them has taken different aspects of it for their research.  We’ve had a range of presentations on each of these aspects and have seen all of these in action as we have travelled to different locations in Wales.”

Staff from UWTSD’s Carmarthen Business School visited St Michael’s College in 2019 to explore initial ideas for a student exchange programme.  The new partnership will also be an opportunity to collaborate with the staff from St Michael’s College on a Vermont based sustainable business study programme for students from UWTSD and many other academic areas.

Lee Bartlett, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) noted: “I am delighted to take the partnership with St. Michael’s College Vermont to the next level, The ability for students and staff to be offered a global opportunity is key. The concept of global citizenship, through the development of multi-national activities and opportunities for our learners, staff and partners is one of our core values. A global experience is vital for our students at all levels. Study, internship and work abroad opportunities for students is at the core of offering a global education experience alongside a curriculum which considers a variety of global perspectives”.

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

07449 998476 

lowri.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk