OUTREACH

OutReach is a project aiming to be a creation of an international cultural, economic and socio-political network of discussion and exchange between International Relations students from the University of Westminster and other International Universities worldwide. 

Purpose

After having researched for the possibility of making a difference with our work and studies in an international environment that should reflect our ideas about equality, freedom and tolerance, we have seen a concrete and worthwhile chance of doing good through extending and promoting the work of academic staff from the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Westminster.

Our project initiates from an ongoing project conceived and forged ahead by our teachers within the Democratic Educational Network (DEN) that consists in creating bridges between the University of Westminster and International Universities such as HANU (Dai Hoc Hanoi) in Vietnam. The objective of the project is of giving students of both universities the chance of studying together, sharing ideas and discussing common, national, regional and international issues in a network promoting values such as equality, freedom of speech and tolerance. Our aim is to extend the project to a greater number of countries, to raise the interest of a greater number of students of developing and developed countries and to give them chance to have access to new, equal, globalized, and non-exclusive or privileged means of education at the lowest cost possible for the students and their families.

Aims

  • Developing a network of communication between the staff/students of the University of Westminster and several other universities in different countries of the world.
  • Extending the coverage of the network to a greater number of Universities in different countries and regions.
  • Organising meetings between teachers’ representatives of the University of Westminster and students of the International Universities.
  • Inviting teachers and representatives of the International Universities to our University for events, conferences, and lectures as guest lecturers.
  • Creating a network of communication between DPIR students of the universities involved in the project and inviting them to research, analyze and investigate issues together.
  • Promoting a deeper investigation of the history, geography, economic, social and political conditions and international relations that characterize a specific country or region of interest.
  • Providing the adequate material for research for all the students participating in the project (i.e. paper books, access to e-book libraries and international papers and journals)
  • Obtaining financing through international organizations (i.e. Distant Horizons), fundraising and donations.
  • Organising field trips, or cultural exchanges, between the DPIR students of the University of Westminster and the DPIR students of the International Universities.
  • Limiting the costs of the journey for the families and students by giving the chance of hosting and being hosted at home when possible.

Strengths  

  • To give a chance to final year undergraduate DPIR students and graduate students of the University of Westminster to engage in an exhilarating international and political working experience.
  • Developing DPIR students’ leadership skills, decision making and management.
  • Developing rhetorical and oratorical skills as part of the preparation for the role of international ambassador.
  • Developing strong universal knowledge of countries and regions as part of the preparation for the role of international ambassador.
  • Building a new, young, free and politically aware international community of learners and researchers.
  • The project creates solid opportunities for contact and future collaboration between young professionals.
  • The project is also a platform within which students can develop long-lasting interpersonal relations that can influence the way they perceive the far and the foreign.
  • University teachers and staff participating in the project would also have the opportunity to travel in foreign countries and to lecture besides teachers of foreign universities, to create networks of collaboration and research.

Opportunities

  • To create an exciting new module for the university that would raise the interest of potential new students and give prestige to the university.
  • To carry out a positive political message of equality, freedom, tolerance, togetherness, and collaboration.
  • To inspire young Politics, Development and IR students to engage positively with their knowledge, to feel and become international, and to work for the benefit of all countries.
  • To deject the rise of nationalism, protectionism, and any cultural and religious barriers to international cooperation creating bridges between countries and people.
  • To promote the project through social media, blog posts, international conferences and through the publication of papers.
  • To ameliorate the studying opportunities and educational means for students from developing countries.
  • To create working and internship opportunities for students from the University of Westminster studying not just Politics and IR, but also International Law, IT, Business, Marketing, Management etc.
  • To create a business that has the potential to be stable, profitable and ethically positive for the people who work, those who study and those who sustain the project.
  • To carry a political message of positive globalization and cooperation and to have the voice and the means to express it through concrete work for the benefit of all countries.

For further information contact Dr. Farhang Morady (moradyf@westminster.ac.uk)