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Responding to the challenges of internationalisation in an environment of change

Responding to the challenges of internationalisation in an environment of change

Hazel Horobin, Chris Cutforth

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Department of Sport


Responding to the challenges of internationalisation in an environment of change

Outline:

University context

Faculty context and approach

Case study

Summary

Questions & discussion


Responding to the challenges of internationalisation in an environment of change

Fast Facts:

3rd Largest in the UK - over 37,000 students, 17% pay international student fees

Recruitment areas dominated by Malaysia, China and India

Strong employability focus

Middle ranking University


Conditions for change

Conditions for change

Contexts for the University and for the Faculty

The main recruitment area for the Faculty is India - impact of the PSWV

Each department is different and the largest recruiters are bioscience and health these dominate the Faculty activity

University strategy


The university international strategy

The University International Strategy

  • At least 15% of SHU's FT students from outside the UK with at least 12% of SHU's income generated by international activity by 2014

  • A strong SHU presence and brand position in a number of strategic international locations

  • A differentiated, educationally strong and demand-responsive offer for the international market and

  • Globally aware and engaged SHU students and staff


The emerging university strategy

The emerging University strategy

All students will benefit from an outstanding international student experience

The curriculum will explore the global and international perspectives of the discipline

We aim to train the global managers of the future

Staff will have professional development to support the internationalisation of the curriculum

We will celebrate the international research activities we are engaged in and develop international alumni


Faculty structure and purpose

Faculty structure and purpose

International Student Experience Group - asub committee of the Student Experience Group

Co-ordinator (Hazel) that sits on the SEG, the Faculty Business Development Group, the Faculty Recruitment Groups and the LTA Leadership Group

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Sport Department International Student Experience Lead (Chris)

International student recruitment

Brokering and facilitation

Social activities


Sport context

Sport context

Sport department – learning and teaching role

3 research centres – 2008 RAE 4th in UK for sport-related research

Strong sports brand (Academy)

Varied student profile

International student experience lead role


Sport department research and student consultation

Sport Department research and student consultation

Quantitative and qualitative data collected over 3 academic years

Online questionnaire survey to all international sports students

International student focus groups - countries of origin

Academic staff focus groups

Student Support Officer focus groups


Mixed experiences

Mixed experiences

Significant differences between cultural groups and between courses

EU and North America students tend to have more positive experiences

Chinese and other Asian students often experience the biggest challenges

Consistency and quality of LTA practice and academic support

Careers and employability provision also needs to improve

'Cultural separation'


Work in progress

Work in progress

CRM and extended induction

University services project

Time allocations - academic staff

Social activities

Cultural awareness initiatives

Student interactions research

Employability research

CDA

Student interactions research


Student interactions research msc sport business management

Student interactions research – MSc Sport Business Management

Student interactions in the formal learning environment using an ethnographic approach

1. Cultural assumptions and/or preconceptions - do they exist?

2. Levels of integration between home and international students

3. Intercultural skills for staff and students


Results

Results

Chinese students sitting together away from other students

Chinese students remaining quiet and passive in sessions

Cultural and linguistic sensitivity

differences

Non diverse lecture materials


Acting on the findings

Acting on the findings

Briefing sessions - sharing and discussing the findings

Advice, guidance and support - verbal and written

Course team action plan

Professional development leading to professional practice improvements


Opportunities and challenges

Opportunities and challenges

Professional development

Winning hearts and minds

Securing resources

Strategic leadership and support

Managing complexity

Evidence


Hazel h e horobin@shu ac uk chris c cutforth@shu ac uk miyoung m oh@shu ac uk

Hazel [email protected] [email protected]@shu.ac.uk


Thank you

Thank you

Questions?


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