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The Internationalising University: An Intercultural Endeavour? Perspectives From Around the Globe

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


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There are currently more than four million people studying in higher education institutions located outside their country of origin worldwide, and numbers are growing (OECD, 2015). ‘Internationalisation’, which has been framed as the institutional response to this burgeoning phenomenon, raises many questions of an intercultural nature (e.g. Young et al., 2013). It is becoming clear that the various manifestations of internationalisation currently operationalised are not in themselves a panacea for universities seeking to engage positively with the globalising education ‘market’, and greater numbers of international students does not necessarily entail a higher degree of beneficial intercultural interaction or education. With economic imperatives driving higher education internationalisation in many contexts, the development of a critical intercultural perspective as an element of pedagogy, curriculum design and staff professional learning may be overlooked (Piller & Cho, 2013). This symposium brings into focus the opportunities presented by a critical intercultural approach to contribute to transformative re-conceptualisations of inclusive and sustainable internationalisation in higher education. The four papers discuss from an intercultural perspective emerging issues and their effects on staff, students and wider societies related to the phenomenon of internationalisation in higher education in four different contexts: Hong Kong, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Schartner A, Young TJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Conference on Language and Social Psychology (ICLASP15)

Year of Conference: 2016

Print publication date: 17/06/2016

Acceptance date: 04/04/2016