Internationalisation: where to for HE institutions?

Who says internationalisation in HE inevitably refers to resources and technologies. In this new digital era, to be competitive as a HE institution we have to keep up to date with educational technologies, and this is particularly important if our remit is internationationalisation.

In the School of Biological Sciences, not only are we interested in creating global graduates in Biosciences, but we also looking at internationalisation of the curriculum and the Teaching and Learning process.

Global graduates not only refer to our international students who come here to study and either opt to stay in UK to work afterwards or go back home or work elsewhere, but we also need to particularly observe our home students’ choice of countries for work. If not well prepared to face the emerging technologies in the market, new graduates can be apprehensive to the work environment. We are collaborating with the Digitally Ready team, and have been successful in securing project funding for further work from the project.

As part of our internationalisation efforts across the Faculty of Life Sciences, we are glad to have Simon Sweeney, Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate, visit us here at Reading in his capacity as advisor for the Internationalisation Change Programme supported by the HEA. He will also deliver a lunch time presentation and participate in a discussion with University staff on 24 January.

Simon will talk about HEA work on internationalisation and the direction for UK HEIs going forward, especially in relation to the Bologna Process, as well as the implications for our work here at Reading.

An invite has gone out to staffs who are involved or interested in internationalisation in relation to Teaching & Learning or employability, as well as members of various directorates.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Centre for Staff Training & Development at cstd@reading.ac.uk.

For more information on our projects, visit the Bioscience Skills blog or contact Kimberly Watson or Teeroumanee Nadan.

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