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Netherlands visit enables technology skills exchange

Students from the UK and the Netherlands are benefiting from a cultural partnership focused on the latest technology.

This week, students from a school in Ede, Holland, visited Reading College and Banbury and Bicester College, to sample lessons in IT and computing and computer games design.

On Thursday (23 March) around 36 students advanced level secondary students visited the Banbury campus. During the day they worked on tasks including graphic design and animation, 3D modelling, controlling Lego Mindstorm robots and Raspberry Pi programming.

Student, Erik Van Gaasbeek, aged 23, said: “Visiting other institutions helps you to see how subjects are taught, and the different skills associated with the curriculum. I can see that it benefits the teachers as well as the students. I am a networker, so skills in animation and design are new to me. It is good to see the different learning environments.”

The partnership was originally established at Reading College, by Faculty Manager David Dickins. Now extended to other colleges in the group, it is hoped it will lead to a full cultural exchange programme.

Faculty Manager, Dion Van Overdijk, said: “We hope to incorporate opportunities to study in Holland into our Level 3 programme next year. This will provide an added element of competition for students who want to develop their skills and gain experience beyond the UK.”