Internationalisation strategies are rapidly evolving, broadening and deepening at national, regional and institutional levels. Universities are crossing national and regional borders to work together to address global problems and are collaborating in a wide range of educational initiatives, consortia and focused networks. Top priorities for internationalisation agendas are to position institutions and countries for competitive advantage as well as mutual benefit, to promote inter-cultural exchange among staff and students, and to address global problems. These agendas - in a context of globalisation promises and perils - have major implications for leaders at all levels of higher education, for the physical and electronic management of institutions and for governance at institutional and system levels. To embed internationalisation across an institution, to position and profile institutions internationally or to extend global stakeholder networks, leaders need to develop new skill-sets and new ways of thinking, behaving and managing across boundaries.
The session asks:
- What additional or different leadership capabilities are needed in an increasingly multi-national and multicultural context?
- What can be learned from other sectors where 'global leadership and governance' are already recognised concepts?
- Based on collective experience, how best can 'global leadership and innovation' be fostered through developmental processes?
- How can institutional policies and practices support this development?
Using case study examples, the speakers illustrate how international leadership development can foster innovation, achieve significant impact and deliver individual and collective value within and across countries, sectors and institutions. The session seeks to engage participants in generating ideas about how best to structure and deliver international leadership development opportunities that not only benefit individuals and institutions but also contribute to the development of higher education and societies globally.
For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Professor Dawn Freshwater.