For the last three years the University of Warwick, Warwick Students Union, the National Union of Students and the UK Council for International Student Affairs have brought practitioners together from across the UK for an ‘Integration Summit’, discussing and debating what strategies can be used to ensure effective interaction between all nationalities at UK universities.
This ‘world café’ style event takes this national event ‘global’ - bringing together students and delegates from all parts of the world who share similar challenges and opportunities.
• What is a truly internationalised institution?
• What benefits are generated when students and staff from multiple nationalities work effectively together?
• Does integration happen naturally, or what investment and strategies are required?
• Which ones work best and how are they nurtured and sustained?
• What do students, and what do staff, really think and gain and what are the 'dividends'?
• How do we create truly integrated campus communities and global graduates?
The session provides an overview of the 'Integration Summits' together with research findings from Warwick. Participants will then move from table to table, every 6-8 minutes, in a mix of speed networking and brainstorming, addressing half a dozen key questions with discussion groups hosted by international students, from across the globe.
This is not a typical conference session with ‘answers’ given to a passive audience but an opportunity to meet, interact and network with multiple colleagues from around the world and to contribute to and generate innovative ideas on how best to create really effective international creative communities. It will be of interest and relevance to all those from any country with interests in and/or responsibility for institutional links and strategies, internationalisation and/or intercultural theory and, above all, a mechanism and meeting place for active participation and contact making.