Big ideas for change and innovation: internationalising programs in an Australian offshore university campus

Anderson, Robyn (2015) Big ideas for change and innovation: internationalising programs in an Australian offshore university campus. In: Proceedings of the National Conference of the Australian College of Educators. pp. 37-43. From: ACE 2015: National Confereence of the Australian College of Educators: educators on the edge, 24-25 September 2015, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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While globalisation may include the flow of people, knowledge, technology, economy, education and ideas across countries, internationalisation is a way of responding to globalisation through an integration of intercultural dimensions in learning and teaching in offshore higher education campuses. The aims of internationalising a degree program include competing in an environment where curriculum is relevant to learners worldwide, permits graduates to work internationally and prepares graduates to become lifelong learners for future challenges. We live in a global world, and increasingly, Australian universities are offering their higher education programs through offshore campuses in Asia. While external demands to internationalise curriculum include: a need for international recognition; preparation of competitive graduates for the workplace; and a need to attract foreign students to stay financially viable, high quality, international programs must be developed to suit both local and international contexts. This paper presents a case study that traces the development and implementation of a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) program, offered at a university in Australia and delivered at a Singapore branch campus. The paper considers how it was developed to suit the context, students, and accrediting bodies both in Australia and in Asia.

Item ID: 40757
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9874844-6-8
Keywords: Australian higher education in Singapore; international students; international education; offshore Australian campuses; Early Childhood Programs
Funders: James Cook University Singapore (JCUS)
Projects and Grants: JCUS Internal Research Grant
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 23:38
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori) @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 100%
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