Internationalisation - Abstracts day two

Friday, March16 at KI Educational Congress is totally devoted to Internationlisation of Curriculum. Below you will find a detailed description of each presentation together with contact information. Time and venue for each session is visible in the programme (Backlink above)

Chair of all sessions: Jennifer Valcke


Internationalizing the curriculum – opportunities and challenges

Presenter – Betty Leask


Internationalisation of the curriculum can be an exciting and rewarding process, opening up new opportunities for students and staff. However, for many faced with the task it is difficult to know where to start and how to maintain the momentum that is needed. In this interactive workshop we will explore practical strategies for internationalising the curriculum in your context.

Authors: Betty Leask
Contact Person: Betty Leask
Department: Academic Language and Learning Unit
University: LaTrobe University, Melbourne Australia


Connecting the policy to the practices. Building understandings of the International Classroom with teaching staff and students as partners.

Presenter – Kevin Haines


“I don’t really know what Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC) means in practice.” This remark will be familiar to anyone working with teaching staff to build international classrooms in the early 21st century university. This may mean: “I don’t know what IoC means for me and my colleagues in our teaching practices”. And it may also mean: “I don’t know what IoC means for our students and what they need to learn in practice”. Making the link between IoC policy and practices in teaching and learning demands considerable time and attention because it involves changes both in content and in the people themselves (see Haines et al 2015).

The implementation of the IoC in teaching and learning therefore involves working closely in partnerships with teaching staff and students to reach understandings of how international and intercultural elements can become meaningful in their daily experience. Kevin Haines will discuss the IoC in practice, using examples taken from his work at the International Classroom project at the University of Groningen (2013-2018, ongoing). In particular, he will discuss his work over the last year with senior academics working towards their Senior Teaching Qualification and with student board members of Study Associations. Both the academics and the students are addressing the question of what the IoC means for them as they build the ‘international’ in both the formal and the informal curriculum.

Author: Kevin Haines
Contact Person: Kevin Haines
Department: Strategy Education
University: University of Groningen RUG, Netherlands


Emotions: Understanding English-Medium Instruction challenges and opportunities in a multicultural setting

Presenter – Bob Wilkinson


English-medium instruction (EMI) has become one of the most visible faces of higher education internationalization. This workshop addresses the challenges and opportunities EMI presents for teaching staff. How do you cope in exchange contexts where you switch to English because of the presence of one student who doesn’t speak the local language? How do you cope in full English-medium programmes where you are confronted with very diverse multicultural participants who may include speakers of English as a first language? In such contexts, do you experience mixed emotional reactions? Fear and anxiety? Uncertainty and annoyance? Or perhaps interest and surprise? Enthusiasm and acceptance? Do you perceive EMI as a threat to the vitality of the local language as an academic language? Or could it be an opportunity to play a role on a global stage?

The workshop will delve into teachers’ variable reactions that may depend on course, programme, and context, and look towards managing and coping. In the process we will endeavour to understand how EMI can question teacher professional identity, in that the medium of instruction affects the fundaments of what (the disciplinary constructs) and how (the methodology) one teaches. In parallel, the workshop will aim to perceive challenges as opportunities that may lead to novel approaches to teaching and learning.

Authors: Bob Wilkinson
Contact Person: Bob Wilkinson
University: University of Maastricht



Global Health & the Sustainable Development Goals

Presenter – Helena Nordenstedt & Natalie Jellinek


In 2015, for the first time in history, 193 countries agreed to a common development agenda, the ambitious 'Transforming our world: the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development' and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a medical university, goal 3 "Ensure healthy lives and promote well - being for all at all ages" is seemingly most relevant for Karolinska Institutet, but since the goals are interconnected, they are all important. Universities are key actors both for providing  research and innovations needed to achieve the goals, but also for educating students who will be working towards their implementation in the  future. What do teaching staff and researchers need to know about the SDGs? How can the SDGs be integrated in both the content and the methods of their teaching?

Authors: Helena Nordenstedt & Natalie Jellinek
Contact Person: Helena Nordenstedt
Department: PHS
University: Karolinska and SLU