Internationalisation is at the centre of the university’s vision for the future. It is our long-term aspiration to embed it across all university activities which includes our approaches to learning and teaching.
All our students, home-based as well as international, will benefit from an education that prepares them for global citizenship and successful employment in today’s global labour market.
GCU’s Internationalisation Strategy and our new Strategy for Learning emphasize the importance of “global learning” as an integral part of the student learning experience. Research shows that embedding it in the taught curriculum is the most effective way of widening our students’ international horizons.
What does ‘internationalisation of the curriculum’ mean?
There are many different views of what it means. The following definition by Betty Leask (2009) is the one of the most cited.
“(An internationalised curriculum) will engage students with internationally informed research and cultural and linguistic diversity. It will purposefully develop their international and intercultural perspectives as global professionals and citizens”.
The Global Perspectives Project
The Global Perspectives Project http://www.gcu.ac.uk/globalperspectives/ supports staff from all subject disciplines in internationalising their curriculum. The project
- explores what internationalisation of the curriculum means in practice
- identifies the best mechanisms for embedding it in all schools
- provides tools and resources for staff
- delivers CPD workshops to enhance intercultural awareness
The project team works in collaboration with academic staff, student representatives and relevant support services.
Sabine McKinnon, Senior Lecturer in Academic Development and Global Perspectives Project Manager, Sabine McKinnon@gcu.ac.uk