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Paving the way to Cultural Agility & Internationalisation of the Curriculum: International Faculty Perspectives. Petros Kefalas. IF Learning & Teaching Director. The profile of the IF. Departments: 3 Research Centers: 1. Students: 900 UG: 43% PGT: 57% PhD: 30. Staff: 90 Academic: 38 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Paving the way to Cultural Agility & Internationalisation of the Curriculum: International Faculty PerspectivesPetros KefalasIF Learning & Teaching Director

  • The profile of the IFIn collaboration with TUOS since 1993The 6th Faculty of TUOS since 2009IoC, October 2013

    * The University of Sheffield

  • Distributed & Collaborative provisionThe profile of the IFThessaloniki:7 Bachelors11 MastersAbroad:1 Bachelor10 MastersIoC, October 2013

  • The profile of the IF30 NationalitiesFor Greece: 66% InternationalFor UK: 100% InternationalIoC, October 2013

    * The University of Sheffield

  • Given the specific profile of the Faculty, does this imply that internationalisation is achieved by default?Internationalisation in IFGears are in place but we dont know exactly how it works out.IoC, October 2013The Antikythira mechanism

    * The University of Sheffield

  • An extremely interesting region for a number of reasonsThe region of SEE cultureshistoryethnicitiesconflictspoliticsreligionsIoC, October 2013

    * The University of Sheffield

  • Internationalisation is an emergent process that arises through the synergy of individual actions:Each one contributes its shareEach one is not sufficient by itself to achieve itThe potential of all acting together is greater than the sum of individual actions in the absence of definition IoC, October 2013

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  • someone who sees the big picture and understands the importance of context . experienced in working with clients, communities and partners outside the University an active citizen who respects diversity and has the cultural agility to work in multinational settings Sheffield GraduateIoC, October 2013

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    ACD

    Active Citizen who respects Diversity

    CA

    Culturally Agile

    CCP

    Working with clients, communities & partners

  • Actions required by and also targeted to IoCIoC, October 2013

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  • It works two waysInternationalLocalOutgoingIncomingIoC, October 2013

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  • We apply the usual practices; most of them already discussed in this event.

    But we are going to focus on some that bring added value in our base and abroad.

    Actions in the IFIoC, October 2013

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  • Brief description of action.

    Actions in the IFInteresting Notes for consideration/DiscussionIoC, October 2013

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  • Students from all cities where the MBA is delivered spend a week in Sheffield and a week in Thessaloniki.They engage in team building exercises, they visit industrial sites, they participate in social activities etc.Mono-cultural groupsNote: delegates in MBA consider these as most valuable for networkingIoC, October 2013

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  • Mono-cultural groupsUG Students in Sofia do 3 years in Bulgaria and the final 4th year in Thessaloniki.In the meantime, Bulgarian students visit once or twice Thessaloniki for events, joining students at base.Note: Bulgarian students are not in favour of spending a year abroad.IoC, October 2013

    * The University of Sheffield

  • Academic staff of IF fly over to different cities to participate in module delivery during the weekends in block teaching. Most of times give open talks to the public organised by local partners. IF staff visit other locationsIoC, October 2013

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  • Note: all those staff increase their cultural agility by observing the students behaviour in their home country.

    Staff bring back in base their understanding of the student culture and are more able to interpret the student behaviour when they study in Greece.IoC, October 2013IF staff visit other locations

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  • Lecturers of UK and EU Universities fly over to different cities to participate in module delivery during the weekends. These lecturers bring a more western European flavour into the programme. EU Visiting LecturersNote: it took a while for those lecturers to adjust to an audience that is studying in its own countryIoC, October 2013

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  • Lecturers try to include international examples / case studies but at the same time refer to local ones, which look more familiar to students.Case studiesNote: significant percentage of SEE students prefer to have only local case studies than international one because they see themselves tied in their countryIoC, October 2013

    * The University of Sheffield

  • We organised a summer school together with Management School and USE for students coming from EU institutions (UK, Russia, Greece, Netherlands etc) Summer SchoolsNote: dates, topic, engagement in class activities, attendance load and social programme seem to be the keys to a successful summer school.IoC, October 2013

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  • Students have the opportunity to work in another (than their home) country during summer.The network of the IF in SEE makes this easier to implement.InternshipsNote: Greece is more popular among choices for the non-Greek students. Greek students rarely choose to go to another SEE country.IoC, October 2013

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  • Students from Sheffield attended a (block teaching) module in one of the countries offered and gain credits.

    IF staff came to Sheffield for a week to teach on block teaching part of the modules.MobilityNote: restrictive only to few Departments.IoC, October 2013

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  • There are modules in Communication aspects in which students act as interviewers or peer assessors in mock interviews.Course on CommunicationNote: very interesting to see what assessment criteria each ethnic group of students apply to assess fellow students.IoC, October 2013

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  • In group projects, teams are formed by lecturers by selecting students from different nationalities.Small group tutorialsInteractive Lectures

    Working in multi-national teamsNote: not very popular among students who might prefer peers who speak the same language. IoC, October 2013

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  • An event is organised by the IF, where the students attend personal development seminars on interviewing, CV writing, career paths etc. We organise mock and real interviews for all students willing to work in Greece and elsewhere.Career DaysNote: Many students ignore the opportunity to us elements from the Sheffield Graduate attributes IoC, October 2013

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  • We use a number of new tools for on-line collaboration and work sharing as a routine procedure in several modules.Use of contemporary ITNote: although familiar with modern tools and social media, getting to know how these could enhance international collaboration could take a while.IoC, October 2013

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  • Modules like Making Ideas Happen or Industrial Projects with a real client, offer excellent chance for student to engage with culture of the business and community.Community ProjectsNote: it is interesting to see how students struggle to get the grasp of the project, especially if this is concerned with a social problem in the country of study.IoC, October 2013

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  • Activities outside the classroom by organising groups of international students carrying out projects for the community.Community of LearningNote: People in this region have not been cultivated in volunteering. It is a challenge to motivate them and infuse the culture.IoC, October 2013

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  • A Student Spring Symposium (an interdisciplinary forum) is organised by students for students. They gain a lot by cooperating in preparing the event.ConferencesNote: few students from Sheffield participated in S3 already (a couple by presenting on-line). We need to disseminate the event further. IoC, October 2013

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  • In SEERC Doctoral Conference, PhD candidates from various Universities of the SEE region present preliminary and final findings of their research.

    ConferencesNote: interesting to observe what constitutes original research finding in some countries of the region. IoC, October 2013

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  • SEERC, the South-East European Research Center, conducts regional and international funded research projects.International ResearchNote: experience acquired is again brought back to teaching & learning , through case studies, reports, etc. IoC, October 2013

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  • IF VisionIoC, October 2013

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    IF Vision

    Learning & Teaching:

    Excellent Research-led Teaching strongly connected to professional practice

    Research & Innovation:

    High quality Research with Research Centres in many locations

    Multidisciplinarity & Interdisciplinarity:

    main focus on social sciences

    Strong

    Civic

    Engagement

    Internationalisation:

    A truly International Faculty with

    operations in many countries

    A base

    gateway

    for the whole University

    University Strategies

    TUOS STRATEGIC THEMES

    Protecting

    the Future

    Working Together

    Making a Difference

    Cultivating

    Ambition

    Achieving

    Excellence

    Leading

    the Way

  • The International Faculty contributes to the Internationalisation Strategy of the University.