International integration: a student-led approach. UKCISA Conference 2011 Session C8. Overview. Tasneem Siddeeque. Lindsey Lockey. Daniel Stevens. Stephen Williams (Chair). Defining integration: Academic Administrative Social What works? 3 student-led case studies:
a student-led approach
UKCISA Conference 2011 Session C8
Stephen Williams (Chair)
What works? 3 student-led case studies:
Experience the World (Loughborough SU)
Culture Challenge (Newcastle SU)
Go Global (Warwick SU)
Group discussion: measuring success
In groups of two (or three),
define “integration” in two words
in two minutes.
. . . Go!
30% of international students worldwide agreed with the statement “I feel isolated from the university community”
73% of international students in the UK were satisfied with “making friends from this country” (i.e. host friends)
Source: International Student Barometer (ISB) Summer Wave 2010
The integration “problem”
“Yeah, when I came to the lecture room it seems like white people sit at the back and then in the middle some like me, yellow coloured people, and then at the front, black people. And when they divide groups, just like Malaysia students go with Malaysia students. Muslim students would like to go with Muslim students. White people will get white people together.”
(Hyland, Trahar, Anderson & Dickens, 2008)
How can we promote intercultural exchanges within and outside the classroom?
How does this enhance or devalue the student experience? What is the impact on integration?
Russian postgraduate student, UAB, Spain, April 2010
The student perspective
interventions all along the student lifecycle:
Messages in prospectus & pre-arrival/induction literature on the benefits of being intercultural
Promotion of volunteering & collaborative working across cultures
Internationalisation of the curriculum
Institutional support for mobility and global citizenship
Assessing and rewarding students who develop their intercultural competencies
Collaboration between universities and students’ unions: a student-led approach to integration
Every student an international student
To create a campaign that allows International and Home students to integrate and learnabout each other’s cultures, whilst raising awareness of International Opportunitiesat Loughborough University, and increasing the number of students involved in international work, travel and study.
Experience the World is a unique brand that seeks to promote all International opportunities from all sections of the Students Union, all departments of the University and every aspect of Student Life under one umbrella. It aims to make these opportunities more visible, accessibleand relevant to every student on Campus, promoting the message that every student is an International student.
In order to make the brand relevant to different segments of the student population, we split it down into 6 sub-brands…
In the one year of Experience the World’s birth:
The project had many positive outcomes, including the KPI’s mentioned above, and all round awareness of international opportunities across campus. Listed below are points that we have picked up as things to pass on for the next year of Experience the World.
Ministry of Food demos
216 students signed up for treasure hunt
Warwick SU – University of Warwick International Office
Union Steering Group
Go Global “Campaign”
World @ Warwick
Combined Induction Period.
Full-time Staff Member
How is your institution trying to increase integration in practical terms?
How is it measuring success?
If some of your activities work better than others, then why is that?
Integration: measuring success