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The Impacts of Internationalisation on Teaching and Learning: Internationalisation of Higher Education

Associate Professor Richard Braddock.


Australian universities are undergoing a rapid process of internationalisation which encompasses the inclusion of large numbers of international students from non-English speaking countries onshore in multicultural classes, and ventures to offer Australian degrees offshore in quite different contexts. The internationalisation of the curriculum is having a major impact on the culture within our universities. Impacts of internationalisation in higher education can be studied from different levels: national level, institutional level and individual level. This paper will focus on impacts of internationalisation on teaching and learning on both the institutional and individual levels.

Internationalisation of higher education has caused considerable strains on academic staff and has demanded a need for more flexible and adaptive approaches to teaching and learning. International students also find difficulties in learning across language and cultural divides, including different styles of teaching.

This paper
a. briefly summaries the main challenges being faced by academic staff and international students
b. compares extant literature and practice of higher education providers within Australia and worldwide
c. explains how Macquarie University, Sydney is undertaking a number of initiatives to identify the relevant issues and find synergetic solutions.

The authors conclude that as well as increased support for international students, teaching styles, methods and materials need to be adapted to reflect the different needs of heterogeneous student groups regardless of whether or not they contain international students. Internationalisation of curricula is a separate process but one which conveys benefits to all students, to the university and stakeholders, regardless of their culture or national identity. Internationalisation can also be added value to academic staff provided adequate support is devoted to assist academics to better deal with the changing teaching environment.

Presenters

Associate Professor Richard Braddock  (Australia)
Director, International Relations
Macquarie International (International Office)
Macquarie Univerersity

An interdisciplinary economist, Secretary-General of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Network. Actively engaged in policy research and Admin. on Internationalisation in Teaching and Learning. Two recent articles in Journal of HE Policy.

Keywords
  • Internationalistion
  • Higher Education
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Curriculum
  • International Students



(30 min Conference Paper, English)