"My project for this prestigious program is to democratize it as much as possible by giving candidates from diverse educational backgrounds the opportunity to do so."
Olga Theofanidis on the Swiss Maturité
Olga Theofanidis, a graduate of the University of Lausanne in Political Science and having followed various pedagogical training courses in the field of continuing education, joined the Lemania School in 1986 as head of administration and then of life-long learning. Since 2009, she has been in charge of the Swiss Maturité, the French Baccalaureate, and the Secondary I.
What is your role at Lemania, and how do you see it?
I am the Director of Secondary I and Secondary II for the Swiss Maturity and the French Baccalaureate. My role revolves around 3 axes. To ensure a targeted preparation, taking into account the specificities of each diploma or certificate. To be constantly attentive to the students and their parents, to make learning effective with a personalized supervision. Organize and maintain a pedagogical structure that respects the profile of each student.
Three words to characterize the Swiss Maturité?
Here are my three words to characterize Swiss Maturity. Prestigious because it gives access to all national and international universities. Global because students must be able to master very different fields. Specialized because it allows the students to orient themselves in a tangible way towards academic studies.
What is your project for the Swiss Maturity at the Lemania School?
My project for this prestigious program is to democratize it as much as possible by giving candidates from diverse educational backgrounds the opportunity to do so.
What is the best time for you with the students?
The best time of the year is the graduation in October, when we meet the graduates again, diploma in hand. Their satisfaction and recognition of our work is the best reward.
What is the added value of the Swiss Maturity in Lemania?
For me, the most significant added value comes from the biannual organization, which allows for regular and in-depth updates. Thus, a rigorous framework makes the follow-up effective. The Lemania School also offers a wide variety of preparations. This will enable us to orient our students according to their profile. On several occasions, we have successfully oriented a student towards the French Baccalaureate after a trial in Maturity, or towards the International Baccalaureate, or even towards a professional path.
Why is an interview useful for interested students and parents?
I am always available for an interview because the interview with a future student is a privileged moment. It allows us to define a coherent study plan in line with the student’s profile.
Ask for a personal advice
Olga Theofanidis, Director of the Maturité/Bac/Secondary School section