Austrian and Spanish teachers visit Ireland

October 2, 2023
By: Gerd Alscher

Teagasc were delighted to welcome our European colleagues early this Summer. In May, two teachers from LFS Kleissheim Austria visited our horticultural colleges, the Atlantic Technological University, Galway and St Angela’s College, Sligo to meet with staff and students to discuss teaching and learning methods in vocational and higher educational training programmes. They also spent time with a Teagasc organic advisor visiting farms and visits to artisan businesses and farmer markets in Kilkenny, Carlow and Dublin. It was a very worthwhile experience to host teachers from a different country, teaching and learning methodologies were shared and new relationships established for further linkages in the future.

In addition, John Kelly, Principal at Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Cavan hosted Carlos J. Reyes Cordoba, Director at ECA Los LLanos de Aridane, La Palma, Canary Islands on a job-shadowing initiative. Carlos had a busy week with activities such as attending the Teagasc 2023 Student of the Year presentations, internal and stakeholders meetings and observation of the day-to-day management in the college.

Principal at Teagasc Ballyhaise College, John Kelly said “the job shadow experience was very positive. It was useful to share knowledge of how education is delivered in Ireland when compared to the Canary Islands. While the curriculum is very different, how education is delivered is very similar. I would be very happy to repeat this exchange in the future.”

Pic: (L-R) Carlos J. Reyes Cordoba pictured with John Kelly, Principal Teagasc Ballyhaise College and Eamon Mullen and Luna Orofiamma, Lecturers at Dundalk Institute of Technology (Partner in higher education with Teagasc Ballyhaise College)

Compiled by Carmel Finlay & John Kelly, Teagasc

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