Developing international perspectives is a strategic objective for many higher education providers. It also a crucial graduate attribute for students preparing to work in an interconnected world. On the other hand, a higher proportion of international students does not necessarily guarantee benefits; in fact it can be a management challenge to balance internationalisation with the core business of the domestic provision especially for business schools.
There is a debate in literature and the media about how to ensure internationalisation in all its aspects can become a positive, enhancing drive in universities, and the communities beyond, making it an enriching aspect for all stakeholders including students, staff and employers.
This lecture will see Professor Foster offer a brief review of good practice and how the sector has embraced internationalisation, followed by a proposal for a systematic curriculum development approach, which promotes global awareness and intercultural skills in all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment; ensures an international perspective on programmes of study; and enables students to capitalise on this much sought after graduate skill.
However, it can be a challenge for programme teams to develop a holistic approach to international and intercultural awareness, involving student perspectives.
To address this challenge, during her lecture Professor Foster will examine how the perception of what international and intercultural awareness looks and feels like in practice has changed in recent times.This will be informed by the outcomes of a collaborative project with students and academics on a selection of programmes in a number of business schools.
The project outcomes led to the development of a university wide reflective Toolkit for Cultural Competency, which ensures that internationalisation is a benefit to all and a great enhancement to all students’ graduate prospects.
The impact of the toolkit will be examined and the audience will be able to take away a practical tool to develop their own practice in order to achieve a holistic approach to intercultural awareness competencies for students.
University of the West of Scotland