Internationalisation & Mobility
- Duration: 90 minutes, interactive
- Location: life at the conference (also possible to organize an online session if requested)
- Participants: International coordinators, managers, teachers, curricula experts
- Workshop leader: Danielle Scholtes, Project Manager at Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education
While continuing to provide opportunities to the small proportion of students who are able to travel abroad, VET schools can offer all students the chance to develop the international competences they need to succeed in today’s global labour market.
Internationalisation at home has been defined as ‘the purposeful integration of international and intercultural dimensions into the formal and informal curriculum for all students within domestic learning environments’ (Beelen & Jones, 2015). It also has much in common with ‘internationalisation of the curriculum’, a term used less frequently across Europe but which, like internationalisation at home, emphasises the importance all students gain international competences, not simply those who go abroad for work placement or a project.
A curriculum in which internationalization at home is embedded, is not an aim in itself. It is an instrument to gain competences such as intercultural communication, problem solving, critical thinking and understanding the ethical dimensions of the profession.
We want our students to be able to interact with people from different backgrounds. But how to develop a curriculum that contains international dimensions? During the EfVET workshop Danielle Scholtes, Project Manager at Nuffic, will outline step by step how to develop internationalisation at home.
How do you make internationalisation at home part of the curriculum?
During this workshop you will learn and recognize the essential steps in the implementation process of internationalisation at home across the school. This should help in defining an international strategy, so you are able to build internationalisation into the existing curriculum.
By embedding internationalisation at home in the curriculum, you will not only guarantee continuity and quality, but also acknowledge the importance of this form of internationalisation. This is important, because only by embedding internationalisation at home will it be possible to offer an international experience to all your students.
We will work together in a practical workshop where you will acquire tools on how to implement internationalisation at home in your own college.