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Two firsts for School of Education as international students celebrate success

2012 ended on a high for the School of Education as two international students became the first students to complete their respective degrees.

Torka Joyce Abu from Nigeria became the first student to successfully complete the Education Doctorate Programme (EdD), which was introduced at the School in September 2010. The EdD programme differs from the traditional PhD route in that it couples research on a specific issue of professional concern with taught units covering various aspects of education.

“Studying the Doctorate in Education at Bangor exposed me to the challenges, opportunities and possibilities in early years education – particularly in Montessori education – and created an enduring interest in policy implementation in early years education”, said Torka, whose research interests focussed on early years education and Montessori Method of education. “Since returning to Nigeria, it has enabled me enhance my business (a nursery/primary school). I am now seeking out opportunities to contribute to policy formulation and implementation in the educational sector in Nigeria, especially in early years education.”

Meanwhile, Antoinette Van der Merwe from South Africa became the first full-time international student to complete the MA Education Studies with distinction.

“We are very pleased with the success of these two students”, said Professor Anwei Feng, Professor in Education. “Torka will be a role model to her fellow Education Doctorate candidates as she has emphatically shown it is possible to complete the programme with a high quality thesis within three years. Antoinette's work, which was consistently of very high standard, does not only demonstrate her hard work and capabilities, but also shows that our MA programme in Education Studies is moving from strength to strength.”

Publication date: 8 February 2013