University shares experience with Danish social workers

Danish Exchange DelegationAn ongoing relationship between two leading European Social Studies departments continues this week as Robert Gordon University plays host to a group of social workers from Esbjerg, Denmark.

This five day exchange introduces the Danish delegation to academic staff and students, and also incorporates a series of workshops and visits to social work and community projects within the Aberdeen area.

The exchange began this Monday (31 May) when the visiting delegation were taken to the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Robert Gordon University's Garthdee campus for an official welcome by staff and students. The delegation consists of social workers from the city of Esbjerg, all of whom have been involved in the supervision of RGU students during exchanges with West Jutland University College.

The group of social workers practise what is known in Denmark as the profession of ‘Social Pedagogy'. This is primarily concerned with the theory and practice of holistic education and care. This specialism is one of the predominant factors leading to this most recent exchange, as social pedagogy is of current interest to the Scottish Government in relation to social work practice within residential child care.

Robert Gordon University and West Jutland University College have a long standing relationship that has been facilitated through the EU's Erasmus Programme which enables higher education students, teachers and institutions in 31 European countries to undertake professional placements and study periods in another country. In addition to this, site visits and short-term exchanges between students, academics and professionals alike are made possible.

The School of Applied Social Studies at Robert Gordon University has fostered strong links with higher educational establishments throughout Europe by way of the Erasmus programme. Most recently, the University played host to a group of students and academic staff from the Social Studies department of Georg-Simon-Ohm University, Bavaria.

Robert Mackay, a lecturer from the School of Applied Social studies, has led both the German exchange project last month and this current five day exchange project with the group from Esbjerg. He comments:

"This visit will assist the strengthening of the partnership between the school and our partners in Esbjerg. It is important to increase mutual understanding so that every partner can learn from each other. The opportunity for students to be exposed to international experiences is a vital part of expanding personal and professional horizons."

The visiting delegation will fly back to Denmark on Friday, following a final farewell meal on Thursday evening.

There will be an opportunity to photograph the visiting Danish delegation at 11.30am on Thursday 3 June, in the foyer of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen.

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389