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Internationalisation of the Curriculum: challenges and opportunities

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Sue Robson



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‘Internationalisation’ is a pervasive but contested concept in contemporary higher education (HE), and poses both critical challenges and development opportunities for universities. Recent research suggests that while many HE institutions (HEIs) have an internationalisation strategy, there are limitations to the ways in which institutions approach internationalisation (Spencer-Oatey and Dauber, 2015). Attention is often paid predominantly to recruitment of international students and staff, and to mobility, with targets for the number of students and staff engaged in international programmes or research. Increasingly universities that seek to be truly internationalised are thinking beyond these structural factors, to more comprehensive approaches (Hudzik, 2011) that will enable all students and staff to have an ‘internationalised’ experience. This paper addresses a key dimension of a more comprehensive approach to internationalisation, the internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) as a means to develop global mindsets, skills and understandings.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Robson S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice

Year: 2015

Volume: 3

Issue: 3

Pages: 50-52

Online publication date: 09/11/2015

Acceptance date: 02/09/2015

Date deposited: 25/04/2017

ISSN (electronic): 2051-9788

Publisher: Edinburgh Napier University


DOI: 10.14297/jpaap.v3i3.176

Notes: Special Issue: Exploring Internationalisation of the curriculum to enhance the student experience Guest Editor: Dr Monika Foster


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