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“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!”
Although I do not remember when I first came across this quote, I instantly recalled it after a two-day-intensive training session delivered to the Academic Staff of our Department of Humanities & Health Sciences.
IST was certified last Wednesday as an Edexcel Centre and will offer an exciting new programme in Therapeutical Counselling. The training focused on quality assurance, academic standards and assessment criteria. It was easy for our Academics to absorb these concepts in such a limited time because we have been working in line with the British Higher Education System for 25 years.
In British education there is no such thing as learning by heart; critical thinking is an essential part of all programmes of study offered by British Universities as it encourages students to evaluate and improve creative ideas. What is considered as success according to our Greek University Entrance Examinations standards would be treated as plagiarism in the British educational system. This is one of the fundamental principles at IST and our students are certainly individuals who are capable of achieving new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
In this context, the programme in Therapeutic Counselling will focus on combining theoretical knowledge (eg. Counselling for Loss & Grief, Relationship Counselling, Counselling Skills, Development & Practice) with practical training. It is ideal for those who have a Psychology degree or work in the health sector, as well as those who work at schools and philanthropic institutions. With a significant number of the Greek population suffering from some type of depression caused mainly by the economic crisis, it will certainly provide the right career opportunities, but most importantly it will help our graduates to help others.
Well done staff!