The Principal of DUCE, Prof. Bernadeta Killian, was glad to join the visiting professor from the University of Victoria in Canada, Professor Dr. Ralph St. Clair, in a lecture on global trends and local questions in educational research yesterday.

Prof. Killian said during the welcoming remarks that this was another rare privilege for DUCE to host such renowned academician of international standards from one of the most reputable universities in Canada.  

During the lecture which was well attended by the College top management and faculty heads, Professor Dr. Clair who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria (Canada) urged the researchers at DUCE to conceive local researches that have global impact.

‘Some local research topics can inform global trends in the developed world’, he said emphasizing the need for sustained research collaboration between his university and DUCE. In addition, Professor Dr. Clair called for the need to strike a balance between local knowledge and what is known universally in order to make the best of local research outputs.

He reiterated the need for coming up with ‘wicked’ problems commenting that wicked problems attract participants from different faculties and disciplines.

The lecture yesterday was part of Professor Dr. Clair’s official tour of office to the College where he got an opportunity to share experience with undergraduate student teachers from the University of Victoria who are doing practicum at the College primary demonstration school.  

DUCE and the University of Victoria are implementing staff development and student practicum projects. 

The Principal of DUCE, Prof. Bernadeta Killian (right), following the lecture on global trends and local questions in educational research
Dr. Susan Murphy (first right) from the Trinity College Dublin (TCD), a specialist and renowned researcher in gender issues, was among the participants to the workshop. Dr. Murphy was at the College facilitating a workshop on conducting gender based analysis in researches. On her right is Dr. Emmanuel Kwayu from the Department of Economics and Geography.