Learn how Internationalization can help your school and meet our internationalization team members who will teach you all you need to know to get started. There's also a test to help you find the role that matches you best. Keep scrolling down or click on the buttons below to learn more.
Although we have no universally agreed definition for the term `internationalization`, we can think of it as the somehow natural reaction of the educational systems to the phenomenon of globalization. It has initially started in higher education, but pre-university education unites of all levels are catching up – their interest continuing to grow during the last decade.
A somehow comprehensive definition is proposed by specialty literature - respectively “the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions, or delivery of post-secondary education”. There are many others, along with different approaches and theoretical discussions. Of course, along with the many benefits, as any other approach, and some say internationalization might also present risks if not properly handled. But, as usual, it all depends on how you decide to use it. However, let’s better not get into a theoretical debate - this is not the purpose of this material.
What we are aiming is to help you harness the power of internationalization and make it serve your school’s development and improvement. Moreover, this material is especially dedicated to schools that are inexperienced, confronted with difficulties, activating in disadvantaged areas (especially rural).
From our experience here are a few areas where internationalization might help:
Students – they are the main beneficiaries – by developing their foreign language skills, intercultural skills and other competences, plus their ability to function effectively in unfamiliar/new/multicultural environments…
Teachers- broadening outlook and critical thinking, new ways of seeing things, personal development and confidence, increased levels of creativity, new working methods, better ability to work with diverse students…
The school – improved curriculum, quality assurance, attractiveness, organizational growth – a better working climate, better ability to focus on innovative didactics, cross-curricular work, increased effectiveness.
All of those are generally known things. But how about the more personal things – such as the feelings of a student traveling by plane for the first time and being able to make friends abroad?
Willingness to do it.
An internationalization strategy (it can either be integrated into the school’s development/strategic plan or a standalone document)
An Internationalization Team
To effectively implement internationalization within your institutions you will need people – partly because there’s a lot of work to do and partly because you will need a different range of skills and knowledge (organizational, leadership, planning, time-management, ICT, intercultural, foreign languages). Moreover, you will want to cover as many levels and curricular areas as possible.
Possible Roles within the Internationalization Team
Dissemination and Communication Responsible
Monitoring and Evaluation Responsible
Quality Assurance Responsible
Selection of the members of the team should be on a volunteering basis, transparent, open, non-discriminatory, non-exclusive. New roles can be set up as needed. This is not supposed to be a highly formalized procedure, neither useless artificial hierarchies to be created. The whole process should be cooperation-based.
Got you interested?
Take our orientation test below and see which role fits you better.
If you score equally on multiple roles, then choose the one you are the most interested in.
Also, in case of small institutions, it is possible for the same person to carry out multiple roles, given that she/he has the necessary competences. The reverse is also possible – multiple persons can share responsibilities of the same role within large or highly active organizations.
Again, this is not an exclusive test – its aim is just to help you orientate
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