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Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability

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Abstract


  • In a climate where the export of higher education has become a major industry for a number of English-speaking countries, internationalisation of university as well as curriculum has become a significant 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 interpretations 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 environment is highlighted. The importance of providing extra support for international students and adjustment to both the content and delivery of the curriculum is underlined. 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


  • Naghdy, F. (2014). Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability. In Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific (Vol. 9789814451888, pp. 143-157). doi:10.1007/978-981-4451-88-8_12

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789814451871

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930037930

Web Of Science Accession Number


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 university as well as curriculum has become a significant 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 interpretations 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 environment is highlighted. The importance of providing extra support for international students and adjustment to both the content and delivery of the curriculum is underlined. 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


  • Naghdy, F. (2014). Harnessing international experience to improve international student employability. In Academic Migration, Discipline Knowledge and Pedagogical Practice: Voices from the Asia-Pacific (Vol. 9789814451888, pp. 143-157). doi:10.1007/978-981-4451-88-8_12

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9789814451871

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930037930

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


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

Start Page


  • 143

End Page


  • 157