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Director of UEL’s Centre for Student Success, Charles Prince, granted Global Executive Doctor of Education degree

Dr Prince plans to use his knowledge to ensure UEL is an inspiring place for students

Dr Charles B. W. Prince, Director of the Centre for Student Success at the University of East London (UEL), was recently awarded a Global Executive Doctor of Education, EdD, degree from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. 

The programme is aimed at preparing future senior leaders in education to implement large-scale improvements to institutions, with a particular focus on global approaches to education.  It is designed for full-time working professionals who already have a Master’s degree and significant leadership experience.

Dr Prince said he hopes his research will shape and improve higher education in the UK and USA. 

He said, “I’m keen to bring what I’ve learned and the research I’ve done into my work at UEL. I want to keep the University moving forward as an inspiring place for our students to succeed – something which is already reflected in our consistent rise in university league table rankings and our student satisfaction surveys.”

His doctoral study focused on several ‘pillars’, including developing a global educational perspective. Dr Prince visited universities in Doha, Helsinki and Hong Kong, where he learned about new approaches to education and how universities achieve their goals and overcome challenges in their country-specific contexts.

Dr Prince lists his other pillars as creativity and innovation to meet student needs; leadership that values lifelong learning and anticipates future trends; and access, success and equity in opening up formal and informal education to students to help them to achieve their goals as learners and citizens.

His dissertation, ‘Advancing Retention Strategies at a Historically Black College’, took the pillars listed above and applied them to develop strategies which support black students in higher education and reduce drop-out rates.

He says, “As an up and coming leader of a university, I must develop an organisation that allows for the opportunity to innovate, and take the risks that are going to move our organisations forward, so we are a flexible, student-ready, organisation.”