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The Internationalizing University: An Intercultural Endeavor? Retrospective accounts of the 'international student experience'

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tony Young, Dr Alina SchartnerORCiD, Dr Scott Windeatt


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There are currently more than four million people studying for degrees in higher education institutions located outside their country of origin worldwide (OECD 2011). ‘Internationalization’, the institutional response to this burgeoning phenomenon raises many questions of an intercultural nature (e.g. Young et al, 2013). For instance, there is considerable debate concerning the extent to which ‘internalization’ is a sufficient, or merely necessary, precondition for intercultural dialogue in Higher Education (Wächter, 2010). Furthermore, quantifiable measures of internationalization, such as numbers of international students, rarely actually reflect degrees of ‘internationality’ within institutions (Knight, 2011). More critically, internationalization is not a panacea for institutions seeking to engage positively with the globalizing education ‘market’, and in terms of language policy may serve as a mechanism to further neoliberal ideology, with considerable social costs (Piller and Cho, 2013). The four papers in this symposium discuss from an intercultural perspective emerging issues and their effects on staff, students (past and present) and wider societies related to the phenomenon of internationalization in higher education in Korea, Japan, the UK and the USA. Specific interest areas include:  language policy and the ‘Englishization’ of curricula  pedagogical implications of internationalization  the home and ‘international’ student experience  the creation of sites for communication and interaction, intercultural dialogue, interdisciplinarity and interculturality. The symposium consists of a brief introduction, the four papers, comment from our discussant and a roundtable Q&A. It will last 1.5 hours. Chair/corresponding author Dr Tony Young, Head Of Applied Linguistics, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK Discussant Professor Itesh Sachdev, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.

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Author(s): Young TJ, Schartner A, Windeatt S

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: The 14th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP)

Year of Conference: 2014

Publisher: Department of Communicology, University of Hawaii at Manoa