UNHCR, Rotary Youth Exchange in Germany, and Royal Dutch Shell received language-learning awards at the annual Thought Leadership Symposium hosted by leading education company Rosetta Stone.
On Thursday, 5 September, Rosetta Stone held the annual Thought Leadership Symposium bringing together education leaders from private and public sector organisations as well as educational institutions. The event at Searcys l The Gherkin saw over 70 high-ranking delegates gathered to discuss the future of learning and its impact on their institutions and the workplaces.
Donavan Whyte, VP EMEA Enterprise and Education for Rosetta Stone, commented: “We continue to see changes in EdTech at an increasing speed and therefore were delighted to provide a platform for a thought-provoking debate amongst some of Europe’s leading educationalists and employers. Our high-ranking panel included Ty Goddard, Co-Founder of the Education Foundation and – amongst others – West Stringfellow, Chief Product Officer at Rosetta Stone.
During the panel discussion debating the future of learning, West commented “The hole in the wall experiment showed that kids are teaching each other through problem based learning – it seems to me that people aren’t taking the responsibility to teach each other. This is now changing with the use of technology.”
Rosetta Stone recognised Royal Dutch Shell, UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency, and Rotary Youth Exchange in Germany with awards for their outstanding achievements in language learning. Royal Dutch Shell has implemented a world-class language-training programme for its employees led by Jane Underwood, Language Portfolio Manager, who commented: “We have put a lot of effort and focus into our programme over the past two years and are extremely pleased with the results we have seen so far. Language affects many parts of our business including expatriate assignments, health and safety, as well as productivity and global collaboration.”
Professor Sander from Rotary Youth Exchange, District 1850, Germany, who initiated the language project with Rosetta Stone, said: “Being able to communicate across borders and cultures is a vital skill for today’s students and we are extremely pleased that, with the help of Rosetta Stone, the results of our exchange programmes could be dramatically improved.”
Krisztina Szollas, Senior Staff Development Associate at UNHCR, says: “Language training is critical for our work at UNHCR as it creates a basic understanding and helps build instant trust between people. This facilitates our work tremendously.”