22 SES 11 A, Reflecting on the Individual And Collective Benefits of Higher Education Internationalization: Reconceptualising internationalization through the experiences of staff and students Part 1
Symposium to be continued in 22 SES 12 A
In this paper, we address the internationalization of higher education (HE) and specifically the importance of internationalisation at home (IaH) given its strategic priority at educational, research and policy levels. Internationalization has become primarily associated with developing academic partnerships, the increase of student and staff mobility and of international research collaborations (European Commission, 2013), in efforts to enhance institutional prestige and global ranking (Lumby and Foskett 2016). A key priority of the European Commission’s (2013) internationalization strategy, however, is IaH, which provides all staff and students, and particularly the non-mobile majority, with opportunities for an internationalised university experience. We explore how HE staff and students experience IaH and consider how HE institutions can cultivate skills for life and work in a global economy, promote critical thinking and civic responsibility, and thus contribute to the quality and relevance of HE (Urban and Palmer 2014; Hénard, Diamond, and Roseveare 2012; de Wit et al. 2015). To this end, we draw on an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project involving a consortium of three European universities, with the goal of furthering approaches and tools for implementing IaH at European HE level. Following a mixed methods exploratory sequential design (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2011), we analyse quantitative data from an online survey administered to staff and students (mobile and non-mobile) across the partnership and other European HE institutions. The responses from 342 participants on their experience of IaH practices in their own HE institutions are at the heart of our paper. By building on these experiences, we provide empirical-grounded responses to a key question underpinning this call for papers. More specifically: “How HE internationalization can be redefined in terms of equity, inclusion and impact on individuals and communities?” Preliminary findings suggest key activities that can be implemented in formal and non-formal HE areas to promote inclusive IaH practices, where students and staff are both beneficiaries and agents of change. Implications for research and practice forefront the need to continue to further an empirical definition of IaH and promoting its application across institutions, individuals and communities.
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