Secretary of State Visits Innovative University of Leicester Centre
Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and MP for Leicester West,
visited the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of
Leicester on Friday, June 27 at 3.00pm.
visit was to one of the foremost global providers of long distance and
e-learning higher degree courses. The Centre currently has over a thousand
postgraduate students, located in 12 countries, who are studying for diploma,
masters and doctoral degrees.
Secretary of State is very interested in the Centre's teaching and research
programmes, which are of central relevance to government policies for
employment, skills and work-based learning.
Director, Dr Johnny Sung, said: "Most of the Centre's students are 'high
flyers' in professional and business careers, taking the chance to up-grade
their qualifications, experience and knowledge. They are provided with
opportunities to make connections with fellow students and academics via
interactive web sites run by the Centre. As a result, although they are
scattered across the globe and may never meet face-to-face, our students form a
virtual community of learners."
addition to its teaching programme, the Centre also has an international
reputation for its high quality research in many aspects of employment, work
processes, management, organization, training and learning. This research
programme includes projects as diverse as:
reasons for the success of hi-tech industries in the Far East
of industrial homeworkers in Britain
changing face of life in the office
experiences of women at work
techniques adopted by high performing organizations
opportunities for ethnic minority workers
demand for job skills
responses to workplace pressures and many more
project, that may be of particular interest to a Leicester MP, involves tracing
the life histories of people who got their first jobs in the city in the 1960s
and are now approaching retirement.
Hewitt said: "I am very impressed by what I have seen at the Centre for
Labour Market Studies, and particularly by the international teaching that has
put the University of Leicester at the centre of a network of professionals all
over the world."
Sung said: "We were delighted that Patricia Hewitt came on this fact-finding visit and we
were able to explain to her about our latest achievements in
teaching and research.”
more information, contact Nick Jewson 0116 252 2749 .
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