The present world can be characterized as a system of global networks that enable and support the interactions between people required for trade, transactions, financial and intellectual commerce. This supercomplex world poses many challenges and opportunities for individuals and organisations. One of the challenges it creates for higher education institutions is how to develop graduates who are capable of succeeding in this globalised world, as professionals and citizens. This is often known internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC). Intercultural competence, including the ability to live and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds at home and abroad, is a crucial component of IoC and is important for all students. The University Grants Committee (UGC) sees internationalisation and engagement with Mainland China as the key to Hong Kong’s future and believes that it should be actively pursued by UGC-funded universities.

PolyU, in collaboration with HKBU and HKUST, has been funded by the UGC Funding Scheme to run a Teaching and Learning Project over the 2016-19 Triennium. The project, “Fostering the Integration of Local and Non-local Students for the Enhancement of Internationalisation and Engagement with Mainland China” will support staff across the three institutions to foster meaningful engagement between students from different backgrounds inside and outside of the classroom, and thereby to internationalise the student experience.

To kick-start our project and inspire internationalisation within the collaborating universities, we are honoured that our project consultant, Emeritus Prof. Betty Leask, will deliver a series of workshops and seminars from 19-21 March 2018. We believe that this is a great opportunity to raise awareness as well as inspire discussion and generate creative, practical ideas on internationalisation among all interested colleagues within the collaborating universities.

We strongly encourage all interested colleagues to check out the available workshops and seminars and register for the events ASAP as they are all available on a first-come-first-served basis!

Date & Time: 19 March 2018 (Mon) 12:30-2:30pm

Venue: Room N001, PolyU

Title: Open Seminar – Internationalisation of the curriculum in class and on campus for all students: Why? What? How?

Abstract: As professionals and citizens of an increasingly connected world, all graduates will require international perspectives and intercultural skills. In this seminar we will explore different approaches to the process of internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching, learning and the student experience ‘at home’ using examples from different universities in different parts of the world.

Date & Time: 19 March 2018 (Mon) 3:30-5:30pm

Venue: Room TU616, PolyU

Title: Training workshop for Curriculum Developers – Leading, facilitating and supporting internationalisation of the curriculum

Abstract: Internationalisation of the curriculum can be an exciting and rewarding process, opening up new opportunities for students and staff. However, for many faced with the task it is difficult to know where to start and how to maintain the momentum that is needed. In this interactive workshop we will explore practical strategies for leading, facilitating and supporting internationalization of the curriculum in your university and program.

Date & Time: 20 March 2018 (Tue) 12:30-2:30pm

Venue: Room ACC209 , HKBU* (2/F, Jockey Club Academic Community Centre,  Baptist University Road Campus)

Title: Training workshop for Project Co-investigators- Designing and implementing strategic interventions in the formal curriculum to improve the integration of students from diverse cultural background

Abstract: Low levels of interaction in class between students from diverse cultural backgrounds is a wasted learning opportunity. This will be an interactive and hands-on workshop. You will discuss some examples of strategic interventions in course design, teaching and assessment and use these to design an action plan to improve inclusion and engagement in your classrooms.

*(For this workshop, please register via this HKBU’s link: http://chtl.hkbu.edu.hk/regworkshop/login.php)

Date & time: 21 March 2018 (Wed) 12:30-2:30pm

Venue: Room TU411, PolyU

Title: Training workshop for Co-curriculum Developers – Designing and implementing strategic interventions in the co-curriculum to improve the integration of students from diverse cultural backgrounds

Abstract: The co-curriculum offers rich opportunities for students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to develop both the willingness and skills required to live and work productively with people from very different social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In this workshop we will discuss the key features of successful strategic interventions in the co-curriculum to develop all students intercultural comfort and competence.

 

Date & time: 21 March 2018 (Wed) 3:30-5:30pm

Venue: Room TU411, PolyU

Title: Training workshop for Project Co-investigators – Designing and implementing strategic interventions in the formal curriculum to improve the integration of students from diverse cultural background (Re-run)

Abstract: Low levels of interaction in class between students from diverse cultural backgrounds is a wasted learning opportunity. This will be an interactive and hands-on workshop. You will discuss some examples of strategic interventions in course design, teaching and assessment and use these to design an action plan to improve inclusion and engagement in your classrooms.

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About the speaker

Emeritus Professor Betty Leask

La Trobe University, Australia

Prof. Betty Leask is an Emeritus Professor in the Internationalisation of Higher Education at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Leask is an internationally renowned researcher and thought leader on internationalisation of the curriculum and higher education whose work bridges theory and practice in unique ways. She has a broad range of experience in universities, most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and PVC Teaching and Learning at La Trobe University.

Prof. Leask has researched and published extensively on the connections between theory and practice in internationalisation of the curriculum, teaching, learning and the student experience in higher education for over 25 years. In 2010 she was awarded a prestigious Australian government national teaching fellowship Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action. In 2015 she was awarded the IEAA Excellence Award for Distinguished Contribution to International Education and in 2016 the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research. Prof. Leask is also Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education, the leading journal in the field and an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milan.

Prof Leask is an expert consultant to the Hong Kong UGC Funded Teaching and Learning Project (2016-19), “Fostering the Integration of Local and Non-local Students for the Enhancement of Internationalisation and Engagement with Mainland China”.

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Light refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For enquiries, please contact us at hans.wong@polyu.edu.hk