OXFORD ROUND TABLE/ROUND TABLE SYMPOSIUM: AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!
The upcoming 2017 sessions are as follows:
Childhood Education Mar 12 – Mar 15, 2017*
Women and Education Mar 15 – Mar 18, 2017 *
Issues in Childhood Education Jul 16 – Jul 19, 2017*
Critical Issues Jul 19 – Jul 22, 2017*
Religion, Women and History Jul 23 – Jul 26, 2017
*Dr. Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer is the facilitator and contact for these professional 4-day international conferences held at Oxford University in Oxford, England. If you would like to receive an invitation to participate in one or more of the sessions contact Dr. McConnell-Farmer. You may contact her at, email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the Oxford Round Table is to promote education, art, science, religion and charity by means of academic conferences and publication of scholarly papers. This Round Table is to be held at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford. As you may know, the University of Oxford is a confederation of thirty-eight (38) colleges of which Harris Manchester College is one. The colleges, themselves, are not degree granting or programmatic units of the University. The University is an academic umbrella over all the colleges. The Round Table is, thus, not an academic programme conducted by the umbrella University. Harris Manchester College is the venue, the situs, location of the Round Table. The colleges, themselves, in their private corporate capacity, traditionally host an array of academic conferences assisted by Conference Oxford. The Round Table is one such conference. Harris Manchester College was selected as the location for the meeting because of its reputation, its location in the heart of Oxford, and because of its congenial working relationship with the members of the Oxford Round Table Programme Committee and Advisory Board.
Two decades ago the Oxford Round Table held its first meeting in New Inn Lane at St. Peter’s College in the University of Oxford to consider public policy issues bearing on education in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other selected countries. Participants in the foundational meeting included the Master of St. Peters, the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, ministers of education from twenty countries, the Chair of the National Governor’s Association and several legislators from the United States. Pursuant to the success of that Round Table, additional meetings were deemed desirable and more were held thereafter. Participation was later broadened to include university presidents and subsequently further expanded to involve scholars from many academic disciplines.
As an independent educational and charitable organization, the Oxford Round Table is not under the control of the hosting Oxford colleges, most of which are established as endowed sectarian foundations, nor is it in anyway under the aegis, restraint or sanction of the University of Oxford; rather, the Round Table is free-standing, apolitical and non-denominational. Papers presented at Round Tables are evaluated solely on their academic merit, and publications emanating therefrom are approved only after peer review by external evaluators.
The Oxford Round Table seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of contemporary issues that affect the public good in all its various forms and ramifications. The public good is expansively interpreted by the Round Table to include all matters that enrich the human experience and enhance the human condition. Past themes of meetings have included considerations of human rights, social welfare, economics, religion, ethics, morals, law, medicine and the liberal arts and sciences. Each session is designed around a format that enables participants to present papers and to engage in discussions regarding those papers in both formal colloquy and informal dialogue.
Invitees to Round Tables are determined based on several criteria, among which are nominations by earlier attendees, courses that invitees teach, their presentations and writings, and their professional involvement in a relevant area of interest. An attempt is also made to diversify as to academic discipline, the type of institution, public or private, and to involve institutions representing different levels of education; i.e. schools, community colleges, four-year colleges, graduate and research universities.
Round Tables are held in the colleges of the University of Oxford through special and separate arrangements with each college. Participants are accommodated in the colleges where they are provided rooms, receptions, breakfast, lunch and dinners in the college halls and various other amenities. There are 39 such colleges in the University of Oxford. The formal meetings in which participants’ present papers and engage in dialogue are usually held at the Oxford Union Debating Society, the Examination Schools of the University, and/or in facilities of the respective colleges. Over the years, Round Tables have been located at several colleges including St. Peter’s, St. Anne’s, St. Antony’s, Exeter, Pembroke, Hertford, Queen’s and Lincoln College. Formal academic sessions are normally held in the debating chamber of the Oxford Union Debating Society, and/or the Examination Schools of the University.
Students from developing countries have extremely limited options world-wide to study child development within the context of their unique cultural, societal, and educational settings. While the child development field in North America and Western Europe has witnessed a significant increase in new graduate programs in the past decade, these programs have focused primarily on issues pertaining to western societies.
Training a cadre of child development professionals and policy leaders in the developing world is of the utmost urgency, as there is a pressing need to improve the lives of children around the world. In response to this need, the University of Haifa has launched The International MA Program in Child Development for Developing Countries, designed to increase the professional knowledge of childcare professionals who work with children.
We are pleased to announce that the program opened in October 2014 with its first cohort of 17 highly-qualified students. That year’s class included students from Chile, Ghana, Nepal, Ethiopia, Cameroon, China, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, and South Africa. All of them graduated successfully in the summer of 2015, got their MA degrees, and returned to their home countries in order to continue their work in fostering the well being of children.
This year’s class includes 16 students from Ghana, Cameroon, China, Georgia, Liberia, Kenya, Myanmar, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
In order to create diversity in the body of students, we also accept students from developed countries who are interested in specializing in child development in developing countries (each class, last year and currently, includes 8 students from the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and Israel).
This academic initiative brings talented students from diverse backgrounds – pediatrics, nursing, psychology, psychiatry, education, anthropology, sociology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, law, social work and social welfare, speech pathology and therapy – to make a substantial impact in their home countries in fields of education, welfare and healthcare.
Registration is open for the third cohort who will begin the course of studies this coming October 2016.
The program is taught in English and collaborates with MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Full scholarships are available for students from developing countries.
Those candidates applying with a request to obtain a full scholarship for developing countries must submit their application no later than March 31st. 2016. Other candidates should submit the application by May 30th. 2016
For more information, prospective candidates may visit our website at: http://intchilddev.haifa.ac.il