HEIs have long aimed to prepare students not just as economic contributors, but also as active citizens in their countries and communities. As part of this they have sought to develop students’ understanding of local society, its culture and values as well as their capacity to contribute to local well-being within a context of social justice. The rapid growth in global connectiveness has meant that this understanding and capacity must now be significantly expanded to embrace cultures and perspectives beyond students’ local and national boundaries. We explore whether this is really achievable – and what models have been used successfully that we can learn from?
Presenters from Canada, Zambia and the UK present three very different initiatives. One focuses on short term student mobility, another on transforming the curriculum and a third on linking institutions’ international networks to local initiatives.
Questions explored include:
Delegates are invited to explore with the presenters what these have achieved for the students, institution and employers. Were these worth the investment and do they provide routes into a more comprehensive approach to developing global citizens?