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Frank Hennessey with teachers from Karlsruhe, Diana Fuchs,Dennis Haensel, Heike Kasper and Heike Roth.

Frank Hennessey with teachers from Karlsruhe, Diana Fuchs,
Dennis Haensel, Heike Kasper and Heike Roth.


Mr Frank Hennessey coordinated a study visit programme for teachers from Karlsruhe in Southern Germany. Four teachers - Diana Fuchs, Dennis Haensel, Heike Kasper and Heike Roth - have just completed a fortnight’s study visit at St Mary’s University College.

The teachers took courses in business education and other areas, and they also observed teaching in the College.

The initiative is part of a new pilot European Union (EU) sponsored exchange with colleagues in Staatliches Seminar für Didaktik und Lehrerbildung (Berufliche Schulen) Karlsruhe.

The programme was established to provide our German colleagues with an insight into the unique work of the College, specifically in the areas of:

  • entrepreneurial learning
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • global education and
  • immersion education

Over the course of their study visit, the teachers attended over 100 hours of lectures and classroom activities. Their key focus and motivation were to have the opportunity to observe and learn from the innovative pedagogical practices employed by the College staff.

Heike Roth Karlsruhe said:

"The EU-funded Comenius programme set up by St Mary’s University College and the Board of Student Teacher Education in Karlsruhe, Germany, has enabled us [teachers from Germany] to get an unsurpassed insight into Northern Ireland’s approach to teacher education, its educational system and the country’s history and culture. Participating in lectures, communicating and exchanging ideas with staff members and student teachers have immensely enriched our approaches to teaching. This programme surely is one of the best ways to promote education and cultural understanding across European countries."