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Anybody pursuing a university degree should be prepared to interact in a global society. Business partners will be global, concurrence will come from local companies and international companies alike, ...

Anybody pursuing a university degree should be prepared to interact in a global society. Business partners will be global, concurrence will come from local companies and international companies alike, and communication technologies enable the interaction with people located anywhere. Internationalisation at Home is about acquiring competencies and skills to develop an international vocation taking every opportunity the University offers us every day. The aim would be to acquire skills and abilities related to internationalization, to think globally, while living locally, because structures and minds should be tuned up to achieve a global impact and not only a local one. We introduce the most relevant IaH instruments implemented in Lodz University of Technology and University of Vigo, together with an analysis of the impact of these activities, taking into account the feedback obtained from our target population, namely students, staff and lecturers in these universities.

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  • Internationalization At Home:Towards an Overarching InternationalizationStrategy Małgorzata Świt Lodz University of Technology, Poland Manuel J. Fernández Iglesias University of Vigo, Spain
  • Globalization is the keyword of todayNo matter if we like it or notCan we avoid it ?Can we pretend it doesn’t exist ?
  • Anybody pursuing a degree should be prepared to interact in a global societyWe need a global approach to reality
  •  What is internationalization ? Is it:  Mobility ?  Migration ?  Virtual mobility / Internet ? The process of planning and implementing to easily adapt to other languages and cultures
  •  Universities serve their societies Universities are not factories  They do not manufacture specialists  They provide education to individuals Universities shape society members Society needs individuals with a global perspective
  • Universities should be international by definition  From Latin Universus = all together, all taken collectively, whole, entire, collective, general, universal
  •  Internationalisation covered by  (outbound, inbound) mobility  Internationalization at Home Internationalization activities  mobility programmes  internationalization of curricula  international marketing  international awareness and communication skills development
  •  The aims of Internationalisation:  Attraction of foreign students, and administrative and academic staff (inbound mobility)  Facilitating access for local community members to international markets (outbound mobility)
  • Internationalisation at Home pursues the development of apervasive international corporate culture
  • Internationalisation at Home definition (I)Activities targeted to develop international skills and competences within the academic community that can be performed at the home institution using available resources. Crowther, P. et al. (2000). Internationalisation at home: A position paper. EAIE.
  • Internationalisation at Home definition (II)Intended to provide competencies and skills to develop an international vocation, an international mind, an international insight, for the majority of students, and academic and administrative staff that will not travel abroad. Crowther, P. et al. (2000). Internationalisation at home: A position paper. EAIE.
  • Internationalisation at Home definition (III)The aim would be to acquire skills and abilities related to internationalisation because structures and minds should be tuned up to achieve a global impact and not only a local one. Crowther, P. et al. (2000). Internationalisation at home: A position paper. EAIE.
  • IaH addresses languagecompetence, diversity, multiculturaleducation, inclusive curricula andother activities to promote aninternational dimension no matter ifthe target audience eventually movesabroad or not. In short: thinking globally while living locally Most institutions do implement IaH initiatives, no matter there is actual awareness of this situation.
  • Politechnika Łódzka Universidade de VigoEst. 1945 Est. 1990Academic staff 1 745 Academic staff 1 619Administration staff 1 349 Administration staff 1 500Total students 20 072 Total students 22 248Courses of study 36 Courses of study 38Graduates (2010/2011) 4 124 Graduates (2010/2011) 4 948PhD students 633 PhD students 1 500Ms. Degree students 1 324 Ms. Degree students 2 051Erasmus students (in/out) 270/353 Erasmus students (in/out) 368/437
  • Common approaches (I) Language competence development Curricula internationalization  Introduction of new information & communication technologies  Openness, tolerance and diversity integration  Assessment taking into account cultural diversity, and credits / grades transfer & recognition
  • Common approaches (II) Offering education and training in multicultural environment  Cultural diversity as a permanent feature of university life.  Promotion of a culturally inclusive behaviour Trans- and inter- community communication should contribute to appreciate universal values that transcend the traditional boundaries of language, religion, nationality, or geography, as students should be able to understand cultural divergences to effectively take part in the construction of mutually respectful societies Arafat et al. (2009). The Positive Impacts of Multicultural Environments upon Student Learning and Academic Teaching. University of Wales
  • Common approaches (III) Fostering interaction with international visitors  Different social and cultural perspectives enrich the educational experience  Alternate visions of a globalised world  Fresh talent in lecture rooms  Increasing understanding of other languages, cultures and educational systems
  • Common approaches (IV) Development of an international corporate culture  Fostering the skills needed to function in international networks of people Organizational culture and management commitment should have an international insight to integrate creative capabilities and resources scattered across geographical and cultural boundaries to be competitive in a globalized world De Brentani et al. (2004). Corporate Culture and Commitment: Impact on Performance of International New Product Development Programs. J. of Product Innovation Mngmt, 21(5)
  • Is internationalisationan option for an educated person? or is it a must?Are we being successful?
  • I am a student, I speak English, I want to study abroad I study in English at the International Faculty of Engineering (TUL) I have classes with international lecturers My classes are structured according to internationalized curricula I interact with international students at laboratories, offices, services… I take part in international multidisciplinary project (European Project Semester, TUL)
  • I am a student, I speak English, I want to study abroad I learn languages other than English I get my English competence accredited (B2, TUL; B1, Uvigo) I take specialized language courses (commercial language courses at TUL / on demand language courses at Uvigo)
  • I am a student, I speak English, I want to study abroad I take part in international events (excursions, parties, …) I promote mobility with international and local students as a student coordinator I take part in mentoring (TUL) / coaching (UVigo) programme
  • I am a student, I speak English, I want to study abroad The University offers me many internationalisation possibilities at home. I feel confident that I will take the most of the experience abroad
  • I just want to get a diploma, I’m not interested in foreign languages. I don’t have time for mobility because I have other commitments. I have to take B2/B1 exam anyway, most likely it will be English I may attend classes with international lecturers anyway My classes are organised around curricula developed according to international criteria I am assessed according to the ECTS I will get a Diploma Supplement
  • I just want to get a diploma, I’m not interested in foreign languages. I don’t have time for mobility because I have other commitments. I cannot avoid contact with international students at lecture rooms, laboratories, offices, services, … (there are many of them!) I may participate in European Project Semester (TUL) I meet international students all the time, on campus, during events, … Maybe I live in an international dormitory (TUL) , or in an apartment with Erasmus students (UVIGO)
  • I just want to get a diploma, I’m not interested in foreign languages. I don’t have time for mobility because I have other commitments. I will acquire some internationalisation skills and awareness anyway. Maybe in the future this will be a key aspect characterizing me as a University graduate
  • By way of conclusion, some open questions Can contact with IaH be avoided or minimized ?Which aspects should be stressed more ? What is the impact on the society of these activities ?
  • ¡Muchas gracias! Teşekkürler!Kiitos! Takk! Vă mulţumim!Questions? Dziękujemy! Köszönöm! Þakka þér!
  • Internationalisation at Home: Towards an Overarching Internationalisation Strategy Małgorzata Świt Technical University of Lodz, Poland Manuel J. Fernández Iglesias University of Vigo, Spain The Context of Globalization The Meaning of Internationalisation The Role of Universities Internationalisation at Universities Internationalisation at Home TUL & Uvigo. Facts & Figures Common Approaches Two Case Studies By way of Conclusions Comments & Questions© 2012, Lodz University of Technology, University of Vigo
  • © 2012, Lodz University of Technology, University of Vigo