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Internationalizing the Curriculum

Jun 15 - Jun 17, 2020

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Interested B.C. faculty and staff should contact CIHE at, rather than registering here. B.C. students must register via Agora. The course number is ELHE7312.

Dates: June 15 and 16th, 2020
Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Boston College, Boston, MA (on site)
Title: Internationalizing the Curriculum: What we think we know, What we need to know
Convened by: Professor Betty Leask
Professor Emerita, La Trobe University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Visiting Professor, CIHE, Boston College, US

This highly interactive seminar, convened by Professor Emerita Betty Leask, a leading
international scholar in the field of internationalisation of the curriculum, will include many
opportunities to hear from and converse with other highly cited scholars in the field such as:

  • Hans de Wit, Professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education
    Boston College,
  • Elspeth Jones, Professor Emerita of International Higher Education Leeds Becket
  • Jos Beelen, Professor of Global Learning at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in
    The Netherlands.

In addition, invited speakers from universities in the Brazil, The Netherlands, Sweden and
Switzerland will share their work and contribute to discussions concerning what we know
about internationalization of the curriculum, teaching and learning at home. Provocateurs will
challenge and stimulate participants to think in new ways and to explore what we think we
know.  All participants, will be invited to reflect on and share their relevant research and
scholarly practice in poster sessions and group discussion. These discussions will inform the
formulation of a forward research agenda, what we need to know in the next decade.

Who should attend?
The seminar has been designed as a professional development opportunity for those working in
roles related to internationalisation of the formal curriculum and the campus (informal
curriculum), including, for example, faculty, those working in academic development roles,
student affairs professionals and anyone with an interest in research and scholarship in related
areas, such as intercultural competence development.

Seminar Description
In the past decade, traditional approaches to internationalization in higher education focusing
solely, or even mainly, on mobility activities for a minority of students have been identified as
insufficient. In the 21 st Century, all students require intercultural skills and international
awareness in both their personal and professional lives. Further, it has been argued that
universities have a responsibility to ensure their programs are more inclusive of diverse
knowledge and multi-cultural perspectives, systematically provide global learning opportunities
for all students and ensure all students develop their soft skills, as well as their disciplinary and
professional knowledge. Approaches to internationalization based on mobility for the minority,
or the recruitment of international students, are clearly insufficient for this task. Increasingly,
in universities across the world, attention is being given to internationalization of the
curriculum, teaching and learning at home for all students. This approach to
internationalization creates both challenges and opportunities for university leaders, faculty
who design and teach courses, and staff who facilitate and support the learning and
development of students in the co-curriculum. Research over the past decade has repeatedly
shown that, while some of the challenges faced are context-dependent, others are shared
across a range of different disciplinary, institutional and national contexts.

It is timely, as we enter a new decade, to take stock of what we know today about
internationalization of the curriculum, teaching and learning at home in class and on campus, in
different contexts. Discussions and presentations will provoke critical reflection on the past
and prompt forward thinking, inviting all participants to consider their role in imagining and
creating internationalization of the curriculum for the future.