Understanding International is an online self-study package to help staff learn about key aspects of international work in the education sector.
Its aims are:
Below is a presentation from the recent UKCISA Conference 2015 that gives a brief outline of what Understanding International is and some ideas on how to use it.
Who is it for?
The tool can be used by anyone working with international students or engaged in other international activity in a college or university. It is aimed at you if you are working
in any part of the education sector, with an international component
or specialism in your role including:
- recruiting, supporting and advising international students
- supporting outward student mobility
- managing international partnerships
- transnational education
- staff mobility
If you don't have a specifically international component to your
role, you should still find some modules of interest for an introduction
to issues such as internationalisation or cultural awareness.
Benefits to staff
- study flexibly at a time, place and pace to suit you
- a choice of modules according to what is relevant to your role
- each module can be covered in just a couple of hours, or learners
can engage more deeply with activities and resources for additional
- a useful supplement to in-house induction
Benefits to managers and institutions
- a cost effective way to bring staff up to speed quickly
- more flexible than waiting for the next face-to-face training
- activities can be done with groups of staff
to encourage team building and offer a staff development opportunity
for more experienced staff
- helps improve standards of service and quality of international work in UK education
Developed with assistance from the Association of Colleges, AMOSSHE,
British Council, BUILA, BUTEX, English UK, HEURO and UCAS.