Change of guard at The International

Establishment is the only 100 percent English-speaking efterskole in Denmark

Alexander Mason is the new head of studies at the International, Denmark’s only 100 percent English-speaking efterskole, an academy and boarding school for pupils in between public school and gymnasium.

The newly-appointed head will commence his post in August when the school, which is located in western Jutland, reopens after the summer holidays.

“I have often dreamt of starting my own efterskole in England one day, and as such I have kept a close eye on The International’s development,” said Mason.
“The internationalisation of education and the development of intercultural understanding are, in my opinion, essential factors in education today.”

International experience
Mason, 34, has an MA in international relations and European studies and a bachelor degree in Scandinavian studies and Danish.

In 2004, Mason relocated to Denmark from England and started working as a teacher at Rejsby Europæiske Efterskole. Four years later, he was promoted to head of studies.

Mason has been a member of the Efterskole Association’s International Committee and has many years of practical knowledge and experience working within the field of international education.

Construction starting soon
Meanwhile, The International is getting ready for the official start of the long-awaited construction of the new school building.

The ceremony will take place on August 6 in the presence of the education minister, Esben Lunde Larsen, who will make the first dig with an excavator.
The new building is scheduled to open its doors in August next year and will stand as an independent department within Vedersø Idrætsefterskole, the current residence of The International.

The international academy and boarding school is based on the Danish efterskole model, preparing students for gymnasium, while providing all teaching in English at a high academic level.

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