Internationalisation

Don’t forget that international students need careers support too

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 15/10/2021 - 09:01
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Navigating the world of employment – both during and after studies – can be daunting for students. But international students face even more difficulties when searching for work, as they often lack the long-standing networks enjoyed by domestic students, are far removed from their own support networks at home and must be wary of abstruse visa restrictions that even prospective employers may not understand.

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Just 2 per cent of international students find jobs through UK universities’ careers services – a big failure given their economic input, says Alexis Brown
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Just 2 per cent of international students find jobs through UK universities’ careers services – a big failure given their economic input, says Alexis Brown

How does national culture affect the adoption of learning technology?

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 14/10/2021 - 09:30
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The uptake of learning technologies has been, in many cases, disappointing. University managers, educational technologists, educators and other practitioners are looking for ways to overcome this resistance and boost the use of learning management systems, also known as virtual learning environments, or VLEs. However, researchers have found factors that influence the adoption of learning technologies are not universal, and they differ from country to country.

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Na Li, Xiaojun Zhang and Maria Limniou offer tips to counter the hidden cultural and social factors that reduce acceptance of virtual learning environments, based on their research
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Na Li, Xiaojun Zhang and Maria Limniou offer tips to counter the hidden cultural and social factors that reduce acceptance of virtual learning environments, based on their research

Coming to terms with terminology: the basics of university teaching and research in the US

Submitted by Eliza.Compton on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 09:05
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The US university system offers tremendous opportunities for academic positions, short-term visits and collaborations for international educators and researchers. A grasp of unique aspects of the terminology and expectations in the US system will ensure those precious opportunities don’t get lost in translation.   

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Looking to teach or do research in America? Angela Douglas explains the basic terms, acronyms and structures of US academia to ensure everyone is speaking the same language
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Looking to teach or do research in America? Angela Douglas explains the basic terms, acronyms and structures of US academia to ensure everyone is speaking the same language

The UK must act now to preserve its reputation internationally

Submitted by dene.mullen on Mon, 13/09/2021 - 09:01
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New analysis of the economic impact of international students in the UK showed that the net impact of just one cohort of international students, 2018-19, was worth nearly £26 billion to the UK economy. This was up 19 per cent since similar analysis was last conducted, in relation to the 2015-16 cohort.

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The figures show that the UK is slowly losing its appeal to overseas students, but what can be done about it? asks Vivienne Stern
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The figures show that the UK is slowly losing its appeal to overseas students, but what can be done about it? asks Vivienne Stern

Innovative approaches to transnational education

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 14:30
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What do we mean by innovation? In one of many definitions “innovation is the multi-stage process whereby organisations transform ideas into new or improved products, services or processes, in order to advance, compete and differentiate themselves successfully in their marketplace”.

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Vangelis Tsiligiris outlines the key areas for innovation in the design and delivery of transnational education based on changing needs and developments in the global higher education landscape
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Vangelis Tsiligiris outlines the key areas for innovation in the design and delivery of transnational education based on changing needs and developments in the global higher education landscape

Taking the shock out of culture shock: helping international students navigate transitions, part one

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 09:30
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Leaving home and moving to a new country on your own is a big step for anyone. Studying abroad is something students often plan and look forward to for years; nevertheless, many are surprised when they experience culture shock for the first time. The differences in how people speak, eat, work and socialise can be overwhelming, and it is reassuring to know this experience is completely normal and temporary.

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Inga Ackermann outlines what steps institutions can take to prepare international students for the potential culture shock they may experience on arrival at their new university
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Inga Ackermann outlines what steps institutions can take to prepare international students for the potential culture shock they may experience on arrival at their new university

Bringing international and intercultural dimensions into your programmes

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 09:00
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In an increasingly digital and connected world, the concept of internationalisation at home, by which students can learn and engage with global perspectives regardless of their location, is becoming more important. Even when students opt for local careers, their work will be impacted by increasing diversity in their own communities, by global developments and by events in other geographic areas. Introducing international and intercultural dimensions into university courses are therefore key elements that support students in their preparation for this future.

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Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans and Karen M. Lauridsen address how educators may create an internationalised learning experience for all students by including global and intercultural dimensions in curriculum design and delivery
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Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans and Karen M. Lauridsen address how educators may create an internationalised learning experience for all students by including global and intercultural dimensions in curriculum design and delivery

How a community of practice can foster virtual collaboration

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 09:30
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Globalisation and technological developments are changing the private and working lives of students and educators. It is now essential to be able to use technology to collaborate in culturally diverse international teams. Collaborative designs such as online co-teaching or peer learning can support this development. But how can we foster virtual collaboration within and across higher education institutions?

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Eugene Schulz and Dagmar Willems share insights and takeaway lessons from creating a community of practice for higher education instructors to develop virtual exchanges with international partners
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Eugene Schulz and Dagmar Willems share insights and takeaway lessons from creating a community of practice for higher education instructors to develop virtual exchanges with international partners

Engaging with the world from your home classroom: tips for internationalising the curriculum

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 09:00
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The internationalisation of teaching and learning has seemed, in recent months, to be almost synonymous with digital cross-border scenarios. Formats such as virtual mobility and virtual exchange have been widely adopted. No doubt, these can be highly engaging and inspiring formats. But they present just one way of internationalising the curriculum and providing all students with an international experience on their home campus.

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Tanja Reiffenrath shares advice on giving curricula an international dimension that helps students develop global perspectives
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Tanja Reiffenrath shares advice on giving curricula an international dimension that helps students develop global perspectives

The dos and don’ts for setting up an international campus

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 09/09/2021 - 08:30
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It’s not enough to simply find four walls, put up a shiny new university sign and expect international students to find their way to your pop-up learning centre or campus abroad. Investments of time, capital and, most importantly, care and consideration must be made at each step along the way to develop a successful overseas campus.

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Tobias Kliem offers insight on what to prioritise and what to avoid when setting up a branch campus overseas
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Tobias Kliem offers insight on what to prioritise and what to avoid when setting up a branch campus overseas