Globalising the university ‘at home’

The University of Southampton was host to a successful HEA-sponsored seminar on the theme of internationalisation, entitled: ‘Globalising the university ‘at home’: implications and recommendations for the curriculum, staff and students’, on Wednesday 5th March 2014.

This seminar critiqued the notion of the ‘international university’ and explored the implications of an increasingly international HE experience through a mix of presentation, discussion and interactive sessions. It was attended by delegates from all over the UK.

Sessions included Clare Mar-Molinero, Associate Dean (internationalisation), Humanities, University of Southampton, who explored and problematised the idea of the ‘international university’, and Alison Dickens, Assistant Director, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, University of Southampton, who talked about student experiences in a changing world.

Further sessions were led by Karen M. Lauridsen, Associate Professor, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark whose talk considered the challenges of the multilingual, multicultural learning space and Linda Cadier, Intercultural Communications Consultant, University of Southampton, who spoke about intercultural communication for students.

The day generated plenty of discussion and acknowledgement that there is much to be done in what is a complex, multi-faceted and ever-changing area. Further information about this event can be found on the Higher Education Academy website.

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