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Charity offers degrees while at work

PARTNERSHIP: Worldshapers Christian College Principal Dr. Arno Steen Andreasen

A CHRISTIAN college is celebrating news that they will now be able to offer work-based degrees after partnering with a London University.

Worldshapers Christian College has joined forces with London Metropolitan University to offer prospective students the opportunity to secure a degree while they earn a living.

College Principal Dr. Arno Steen Andreasen said he was overjoyed at the union, which has birthed a new course in Professional Studies, and thought it apt "in a time of recession".

The course, which starts in September, will see students wrestle with valued-based leadership, reflecting on ethical leadership while discussing different mentoring and coaching theories, which, ultimately, they will test in practice.

“It was such a joy for us to hear that London Metropolitan University has validated our new programmes”, Andreasen told The Voice. “We have worked hard in putting together four new programmes that could really make a difference in individuals lives and the community. The new degrees are based on 15 years of work in our local community, where we as a charity, has been setting up Sure Start Children’s Centres, a special needs school, a full-time community leadership training programme for people from three continents and 13 nations, a job inclusion project.”

All courses will share some core subjects in leadership and management. Part of the distinctives of the new college is that all courses are value-driven.

He added: “We have experienced that there is a real need for courses that combines theory with practice in the work place. A course where people can learn to become better leaders by discussing and finding solutions to the problems they face on a daily basis through research, good practice, testing”.

Besides the shared aspects, all students will be working on a specialism.

“I think it builds self-efficacy and a great sense of satisfaction, when we move from being okay in many areas to a specialist in a few. Who would like to watch an average actor, if you can enjoy an outstanding performance?” Andreasen asked.

THE FOUR SPECIALISMS ARE:
- MA in Professional Studies (Family Wellbeing), which includes child development, children with special needs, families with complex needs
- MA in Professional Studies (Restorative Therapy), which includes health counselling, nutritional health, Logotherapy counselling, motivation, stress management, mental health
- MA in Professional Studies (Digital Communication), which includes the strategic use of new media in communication, consultations and feed-back
- MA in Professional Studies (Arts and Justice), which includes the use of the arts and music in community development.

Andreasen said he hoped the new degrees “would encourage people to make a real difference in their work place, family and church.”

He added: “It is my vision to see a new type of leaders who will have a strong mind and a soft heart. People who will fight for justice and a better community and not misuse power and position. These specialists will be empowered to take up the challenge of turning our broken world around”.

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The courses consist of 40 lecture days, experiences from work or volunteering, studies, research and assignment writing. The college is able to offer the courses in different parts of the country in partnership with businesses, local authorities, charities, churches, etc. For further information, please contact Dr. Arno Steen Andreasen on arno@worldshapers.org.uk or call 01442 269 804.

Arno Steen Andreasen is the new Principal for WorldShapers Christian College in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Dr. Arno is also a Health Counsellor and the Pastor and Overseer of the New Horizons Christian Fellowship Network of Churches.

For more information, visit www.college.worldshapers.org.uk and www.worldshapers.org.uk

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