The programme has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr Majid Al Sadi who is one of Jordan’s leading philanthropists and committed to providing opportunities to young people from across the world.
The Changing Lives Programme will give 14 students per trip with the chance to volunteer in the country, allowing them to learn more about the Middle East and to work with some of the project’s partner organisations.
Five trips are planned to run over the next two years, giving 70 students the opportunity to visit Jordan.
The programme was agreed during a visit to Jordan between the University’s Development and Alumni Relations team and Dr Majid Al Sadi (pictured), Chair and CEO of Eastern Holding.
The visit, which took place at the end of May, also took academics from Westminster’s School of Media Arts and Design to the Jordan Media Institute where they discussed the Arab Media Centre’s research into children’s television in the Middle East.
The research looks specifically at the distribution, production and reception of Arabic shows which are aimed at under 18s.
Along with presenting their research findings at the Jordan Media Institute, the Westminster academics also attended a dinner hosted by Dr Majid and Simon Mustard, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Jordan. Chris Smith, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, also hosted the University’s first ever alumni reception in Amman in which 20 of the institution’s alumni attended and shared their memorable experiences of their time studying in London.
Speaking about the visit, Deputy Vice Chancellor Alexandra Hughes said:
“We are committed at Westminster to further developing the range of international experiences on offer to students and staff. The Changing Lives programme will afford students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new country and culture and to hone skills that will help to prepare them for the world of graduate employability”.
Internationalisation is central to the University’s strategic vision and identity. We have extensive connections with universities and industries throughout the world and our global engagement strategy seeks to strengthen and deepen those connections ever further. Our international partnerships support the development of our academic and research portfolios. Experiences that enable our staff and students to operate in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world are key to our approach.