University of Birmingham Dubai celebrates its first cohort of graduate teachers
On Wednesday 29th May 2019, the University of Birmingham celebrated the hard work and commitment of their pioneering PGCE students alongside family, friends, school partners and mentors.
Amidst on-going concerns of teacher shortages and retention, the University were delighted to award certificates to students, many of whom have already secured their first teaching positions within Dubai.
The University of Birmingham School of Education has an outstanding reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research and is ranked within the top 40 in the QS World Rankings. These new ‘home-grown’ teachers will bring academic excellence and experience to schools across the UAE, including Repton Dubai, Dubai British School, Latifa School for Girls, Uptown School, South View School, International School for Creative Science, and North London Collegiate School, among others.
The students, ranging from 23-52 years old, came from diverse backgrounds, with many being career-changers, opting to become primary and secondary teachers from previous careers in accounting, law, journalism and marketing. Each student had the opportunity to work in schools across the UAE as part of their education, thanks to partner schools: Dubai English Speaking School, Dubai English Speaking College, Repton Dubai, Dubai College, Uptown School, Jumeirah Baccalaureate School, International School of Creative Science, Hartland International School, Sunmarke International School, Amity International, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Kings Al Barsha, Victory Heights Primary, Dubai British School, Horizon International School, Latifa School for Girls, and Deira International School.
School partners joined University of Birmingham Dubai’s Provost, Professor Glyn Watson, to present certificates and congratulate the UAE’s new wave of teachers at a celebration event on Wednesday 29th May.
“We’re delighted to see a vibrant teaching community of newly-qualified teachers being so warmly welcomed to the start of what will no doubt be a rewarding teaching career by institutions across the UAE. We’re incredibly proud of our pioneer PGCE student cohort, who today joined University of Birmingham alumni already teaching In the UAE, and our inspirational school partners, in raising the bar for education across the Emirates. We would highly recommend anyone considering teaching, who is interested in making a difference to children’s lives to join us and find out what teaching is about.”
Professor Glyn Watson, Provost, University of Birmingham Dubai.
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The University of Birmingham School of Education has a long tradition of providing high-quality teacher education programmes in Primary and Secondary education. In Dubai, these KHDA-approved programmes include PGCE Primary Education and PGCE Secondary Education (Maths, English, Science and Arabic), as well as a PGCert in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN).
Click here to find out more information about the PGCE programmes available at University of Birmingham Dubai.