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Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability

Chapter


Abstract


  • In a climate where the export of higher education has become a major

    industry for a number of English-speaking countries, internationalisation of univer-

    sity as well as curriculum has become a signifi

    cant agenda on the strategic plans of

    many universities. Internationalisation, however, has proved to be a multi-faceted,

    ambiguous and sometimes confusing concept in the context of higher education.

    Despite such a broad understanding, improving the achievement and satisfaction of

    international students has proved to be a common thread among all the interpreta-

    tions of the concept. An exploration of the internationalisation is carried out based

    on the personal experience of the author as an international student in his early

    career development, as well as his academic and professional experience in three

    continents. Over the last 25 years, as an academic in Australia, he has taken various

    initiatives to improve the university experience of international students enrolled in

    the degrees offered in his school and university. A background on the concept of

    internationalisation is provided. The critical role of academic staff in facilitating the

    smooth transition of international students to the new culture and educational envi-

    ronment is highlighted. The importance of providing extra support for international

    students and adjustment to both the content and delivery of the curriculum is under-

    lined. As an example, a recent experience of the author in developing and delivering

    a special subject on employability assets and communications for international

    students is described and the outcomes are examined.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • F. Naghdy, "Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability," in Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific, C. Mason & F. Rawlings-Sanaei, Ed. Singapore: Springer, 2014, pp.143-157.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930037930

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3881

Book Title


  • Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific

Start Page


  • 143

End Page


  • 157

Abstract


  • In a climate where the export of higher education has become a major

    industry for a number of English-speaking countries, internationalisation of univer-

    sity as well as curriculum has become a signifi

    cant agenda on the strategic plans of

    many universities. Internationalisation, however, has proved to be a multi-faceted,

    ambiguous and sometimes confusing concept in the context of higher education.

    Despite such a broad understanding, improving the achievement and satisfaction of

    international students has proved to be a common thread among all the interpreta-

    tions of the concept. An exploration of the internationalisation is carried out based

    on the personal experience of the author as an international student in his early

    career development, as well as his academic and professional experience in three

    continents. Over the last 25 years, as an academic in Australia, he has taken various

    initiatives to improve the university experience of international students enrolled in

    the degrees offered in his school and university. A background on the concept of

    internationalisation is provided. The critical role of academic staff in facilitating the

    smooth transition of international students to the new culture and educational envi-

    ronment is highlighted. The importance of providing extra support for international

    students and adjustment to both the content and delivery of the curriculum is under-

    lined. As an example, a recent experience of the author in developing and delivering

    a special subject on employability assets and communications for international

    students is described and the outcomes are examined.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • F. Naghdy, "Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability," in Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific, C. Mason & F. Rawlings-Sanaei, Ed. Singapore: Springer, 2014, pp.143-157.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930037930

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/eispapers/3881

Book Title


  • Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific

Start Page


  • 143

End Page


  • 157