Let’s face it, internationalisation is not a new thing. It is on the agenda of almost all teaching or research-focused universities.
What are we doing right and what are we doing wrong?
Let’s highlight two points from both sides. This is an excerpt of an article I am writing, so I am keeping it short, will post the full article after publication.
What are we doing right?
1. To start with, we have added Internationalisation to our agenda. And some have even included Inclusivity. It took a long time for these two words to appear up front in HE’s agenda and finally they are here, being implemented.
- Universities have allocated new services to this cause, specific roles have been created, directors appointed, campaigns launched, interviews and video recorded, … [extract only]
What are we doing wrong?
1. Internationalisation & Inclusivity have been pushed forward on the agenda for mostly wrong reasons: to gain popularity, to attract students, to be ranked higher up in terms of services. Many actions and decisions have been taken because Internationalisation & Inclusivity are just the appropriate topics which can be escalated to a humongous proportion. How many of our senior managers and those people recruited to provide these services, really understand what these TWO terms mean?
(Read my post on My Experience of Working with the Internationalisation Staff)
- We are neither preparing our students well to be global employees nor are we giving our educators free hand to internationalise education. In the same line of thought, are our educators themselves prepared to deal with Internationalisation & Inclusivity? NO
This is an excerpt from an article I am writing, will post the full article after publication.