A social enterprise which is supported by Richmond, Professors Without Borders, has just launched a new platform to facilitate guest lectures online. The initiative follows a conference hosted by the social enterprise team on ‘Teaching in the Time of Covid’, where professors were united on the positive impact of guest lecturers during the pandemic.
By providing university lecturers, Professors Without Borders aims to make first class education available for students in developing countries without the need to go abroad. The move online will see professors volunteering their expertise in virtual classrooms in India, Nigeria or Colombia, among others. Schools will be able to choose the topic and Professors Without Borders will deliver the teaching expertise online.
Professors Without Borders was created by a small team, including an alumni of Richmond, Tessy de Nassau, as well as a former Richmond professor, Caroline Varin.
The University is supporting the work of the social enterprise through different initiatives including student internships and co-operation on research projects, as well as providing professors in various locations around the world.
Dr Carola Hieker, Associate Professor at Richmond, is an Advisory Board member for Professors Without Borders. Dr Hieker has also recently co-authored a book with John Pringle about the ‘Future of Leadership Development’ which will be published in the Fall with Palgrave.
This book reflects critically on the future of leadership development and what is missing in traditional approaches. It is based on interviews with leadership development suppliers, HR professionals and leaders, as well as the authors’ industry experience. The book provides practical recommendations for how leadership development needs to change to support leaders as they navigate a volatile and uncertain world.