Papers & Workshops



Regional Campus and Global Interchange: Taking off the Monocultural Blinkers


Bronwyn Ellis and Philip Heffernan

University of South Australia, Whyalla, South Australia

One of the seven qualities that identify a graduate of the University of South Australia is the demonstration of 'international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen'. The courses studied have this as one of their outcomes. Exposure to the diversity brought to the institution by its international students also contributes to developing this quality in local students, as does the Australian experience for the international students themselves. Opportunities for student and staff exchanges are likewise a valuable means of widening the international perspectives both of those directly involved and those with whom they are in contact. This paper outlines the variety of such international initiatives and experiences of a regional university campus, and describes the learning experiences of staff involved in staff and student exchanges. It highlights the wider cross-cultural learning and potential opportunities, and considers implications for future intercultural learning programs.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector