Internationalisation , Diversity and Inclusion. Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education. Elspeth Jones. @ elspethjones. www.elspethjones.com. University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Conference 2013. Programme introduction.
Emerita Professor of the
Internationalisation of Higher Education
Professor Paul White, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching
Internationalisation which is ‘transformational’ rather than merely ‘symbolic’? (Turner and Robson 2008)
Diversity Wheel, Loden 1996
Even if domestic graduates never leave their own country, on graduation they will be forced to compete in international, or multinational, work and discovery environments.
increasing body of literature linking internationalisation with multiculturalism, equity and diversity (Killick, 2006; Clifford and Montgomery 2011; Fitch and Desai 2012)
‘cross-cultural capability’, ‘intercultural sensitivity’ and ‘cultural fluency’
Employers are looking for graduates with first-hand experience of living and working among other cultures.
Fielden et al (2007)
79% of chief executives and board level directors of businesses in the UK think that in recruiting new employees, knowledge and awareness of the wider world is more important than achieving a high degree classification
British Council/Think Global, 2011
These are precisely the skills developed through international experience
Jones 2013, forthcoming
If we view internationalisation as one dimension of diversity, it is clear that domestic environments could play an equivalent role in offering opportunities for experiential learning in an inter-cultural context, taking people beyond their comfort zones, and creating ‘disorienting dilemmas’ (Mezirow) by engaging with cultural otherness.
How do we encourage domestic/international student interaction within and beyond the curriculum?
Engagement with local multicultural society – do we ask our students and make the most of their contacts?
Are we using what students returning from overseas have learned and can offer others?
Higher Education Academy – International pages (especially on working with international students)
Internationalisation of the curriculum (Betty Leask OLT fellowship)
Jan Goddard www.tlc.murdoch.edu.au