British varsity to train Tibetan teachers

Ties up with Dalai Lama Institute

17th February 2010:
A British varsity will soon be training Tibetan teachers. It has collaborated with Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Education in the Indian city of Bangalore for the purpose. The tie-up follows the Dalai Lama’s request.

As a result of the collaboration, secondary teaching students and trainee teachers will now be together at the Liverpool Hope University before finishing their course at the Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Education.

The university’s vice-dean of Education Wendy Bignold says the Tibetan students could be picking up qualifications awarded by the university within two years.

Bignold adds it is a real honour to have been asked to assist the Dalai Lama and it is an indication of strong links and lengthy relationship they have with the Tibetan community in exile.

As of now, the varsity has been asked to develop a blueprint for a one-year secondary teaching education programme.

The collaboration follows joint work by the varsity since the 1980s with exiled Tibetans in north India.

The university has been assisting since 1980s orphans in Tibetan children’s villages in the Indian city of Dharamsala and the exiled Tibetan community at large. This is largely been done through its overseas charity Global Hope.


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