Internationalising the Curriculum

Internationalising the curriculum has been defined as:

… the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education at the institutional and national levels

Source: (Knight, 2008, p. 21).

Principle 2 of the Manchester Met Education Strategy and Learning and Teaching Principles requires MMU courses to have an internationalised curriculum that is driven by employability and enterprise and that all programmes must identify the ways in which their curriculum incorporates concepts of internationalisation, global citizenship, sustainability and social responsibility.

Strong links between internationalisation, global citizenship (GC) and education for sustainable (ESD) development exist (see our ESD resource) and theory underpinning all these areas is still developing.

As we consider how to internationalise our curricula in response to these agendas and to increasing globalisation, we often find that internationalisation is seen as an elusive concept that is not easy to translate into actual curriculum activity. One of the reasons for this is the need for anyone involved in curriculum development to be able to ‘internationalise themselves’, before they can begin to think through what this might mean for their curriculum. This need for thinking about the process of internationalisation at different levels, ie. a the level of self, programme and institution, is reflected in the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) framework for Internationalising Higher Education

In response to the HEA framework CELT/UTA have developed a reflective tool with practical advice and case studies for institutions thinking about internationalisation.

We would be grateful for any feedback on the resource as we still have the opportunity to continue to develop it further. Please contact Alicia Prowse with any comments or feedback.


Internationalising the Curriculum workshop

A workshop looking at aspects of working and e-learning with ‘international’ students can be tailored for your setting.
Please contact Alicia Prowse in CELT.

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