KI is awarded funding for internationalisation
KI has been granted funding from STINT Strategic Grant for internationalisation. The funding was awarded for internationalising the curriculum of first and second-cycle education 2017-2020. The project and its outcomes will serve as a strong basis for other institutions of higher education in Sweden to follow suit.
"The aim is for KI to adopt the process of Internationalisation of the Curriculum (IoC)” says Gunnar Nilsson, Pro-Dean of Higher Education.
In order to move beyond an understanding of internationalisation as an ad hoc initiative (concerned mainly with international student and staff exchange) to one that intentionally “enhance[s] the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society” (de Wit et al., 2015), KI must incorporate:
[…] an international and intercultural dimension into the content of the curriculum as well as the teaching and learning arrangements and support services of a program of study. (Betty Leask, 2015)
“Embedding internationalisation through changing institutional language, culture and attitudes into standard university practice is more likely to succeed, than if internationalisation is seen as being developed in parallel to regular university operations”, says Jennifer Valcke, Educational Developer at LIME.
In other words, IoC will be the method used to initiate and implement a paradigm shift of KI’s conception of education and integrating internationalisation into regular operations.