Inaugural Education & Maritime Symposia a resounding success

City of Glasgow College's very first International Education & Maritime Symposia helped marked the completion of the college's £228m twin site super college. 

The inaugural two day event, held over Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2016, was hailed a success by delegates and guest speakers.

It brought together eminent academics and business leaders from around the world to see the very best of Scottish College education and to discuss the critical role of colleges for the next generation of students.

Principal and Chief Executive, Paul Little, said:

“For too long the contribution of College education has been undervalued, viewed more often as a stepping stone rather than as a final and empowering destination. Our Education and Maritime Symposia challenged that status quo and articulated the critical role of colleges for the next generation of students."

Maritime Symposium

Some of the most influential maritime academics and business leaders gathered to discuss the future of maritime education and the important role it plays in delivering high quality technical and professional skills. 

Education Symposium

This ground breaking and thought provoking event debated the future of college education and the role a super college plays in redefining the tertiary sector.

Writer and editor, Paul Stanistreet, considered the impact of the Education Symposium in his guest blog Reflections on Symposium.

Speakers at the Education Symposium included Professor of FE & Skills at UCL Institute of Education, Martin Doel CBE; Dr Dayong Yan, Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences; and Professor Sheila Riddell from Edinburgh University. The Maritime Symposium was industry-led with key speakers including Capt. Richard Britton, Head of Offshore Development UK, Scottish Power; Capt. N Kumar, Director at School of Maritime Studies, VELS University, India; Dr Robyn Pyne, Maritime Lecture at Hamburg School of Shipping and Transport; and Commander Steve Walsh, Associate Head, National Maritime College of Ireland.

The two day event concluded with a celebratory Gala Launch on the evening of Thursday 27 October which showcased students, staff and the stunning new City campus building in the heart of Glasgow’s Learning Quarter. Principal Little was joined by Scotland's Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, to formally launch the super college.