the Internationalisation Conference December 6, 2018

the Internationalisation Conference December 6, 2018

Expert meetings

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences has developed a common language on internationalisation: the Triangle on internationalisation

In the expert meetings on the grey layer of the Triangle you can ask questions, share experiences and knowlede on the specific topics.

Please make use of the experience and knowledge of the experts for your study program by submitting questions on the topic of the meetings to the experts at the beginning of each meeting.

Professional profile

The points of departure for the study programmes are their professional context and the challenges faced within this context. The study programmes at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences educate their students to start their careers as junior professionals who can operate as based on an international approach in a world without borders.

The study programmes provide this education using methods relevant to the study programme in the form of a knowledge or skill-based international orientation to education and in the language relevant to professional practice [e.g. international expertise, internationalisation@home, international experiences (projects, company assignments, etc.), staff and student mobility].

Elspeth Jones, Emerita Professor, internationalisation in Higher Education will share her views and answer questions on how to take the professional profile as a basis for the development of internationalisation.

International Experiences

Innovations in transport and information communication technology have led to an ever expanding global perspective and playing field, for both business and citizens. Educational institutes play an important role in preparing students for this new reality. One way of doing this is for students to engage in educational travel experiences.

Indeed, over the past two decades increasing numbers of students participated in study abroad programs, study tours, international internships and relatively new short-term programs such as international research projects. Yet, at the same time, globalization seems to have reduced some of the traditional benefits of educational travel, as the challenge of adapting to a different cultural environment has become easier than it has been in the past.

Equally, there is a need to reconsider the competencies that educational travel should develop, as there is a noticeable shift towards pointing out the professional relevance of these experiences. The aim of Erik van ‘t Klooster’s research was to work towards a competence framework and investigate how the learning of competencies was related to overcoming cultural distance. Based on these findings, implications for learning programs were formulated.

Erik van ’t Klooster (Department of Marketing Management, RSM) will share his findings from his research: “Travel to learn. The influence of cultural distance on competence development in educational travel” and answer questions on the value international educational travel.

International and intercultural portfolio - Internationalisation @home

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences students are challenged to build their personal intercultural portfolio during their study programme. This portfolio focuses on intercultural experiences and reflection: acquiring behaviours and skills to function effectively within an international context and a specific professional context.

Each study programme defines an international portfolio in accordance with its study programme and professional practice and makes use of the students’ and staff’s own diversity.

Refiya Scheltinga works as Internationalisation Coordinator & Senior Lecturer at European Studies, The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands with the following research areas: internationalisation, international competence, intercultural competence and study abroad intervention. Refiya will share her expertise and answer questions on how to start and implement with internationalisation at home.

International and intercultural portfolio - Intercultural competence

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences students are challenged to build their personal intercultural portfolio during their study programme. This portfolio focuses on intercultural experiences and reflection: acquiring behaviours and skills to function effectively within an international context and a specific professional context.

Each study programme defines an international portfolio in accordance with its study programme and professional practice and makes use of the students’ and staff’s own diversity.

Jessica Shinnick, Research lecturer and Advisor Internationalisation at RUAS is an expert on intercultural competence: the effective and appropriate behavior and communication in intercultural situations, based on one's intercultural attitudes, knowledge and skills.  Effectiveness can be determined by the individual while the appropriateness can only be determined by the other person, as appropriateness is directly related to cultural sensitivity as it is perceived by the other.” Jessica will share her experiences with the assessment and development of intercultural competences by staff and students.

21st century skills

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences readies students for a changing international society in which they can anticipate operating progressively, appropriately, and within various contexts. Twenty-first-century skills are generic skills (or competencies) that can be related to the expertise, insight and attitude needed to function in society and contribute to it.

With its various study programmes, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences develops a challenging curriculum that not only prepares students for their professional context but also enables them to function in an ever-changing world and helps them shape the society of the future.

Mariëlle Theunissen, applied research professor “Samen opleiden” and active in Studio 21st century skills will share her knowledge on 21st century skills in secondary and higher education.

Research and partner networks - Research 

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is dedicated to research, education and a relationship with the private and public sectors that have an international dimension. This means that education (study programmes) and research (knowledge centres and professorships) should work together with the professional fields to address the international dynamics of the profession and/or incorporate them in their shared research.

These partners (public and private) can then facilitate or stimulate the articulation of the question to be answered by research in which Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences would always focus on the impact of our research for the benefit of education and the work field (continual education and the circulation of knowledge).

Adinda van Gaalen, Senior Policy Officer at Nuffic in the Netherlands and part of the EAIE General Council (2014-2016) is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at Ghent University in Belgium. Adinda has conducted studies on a range of topics including internationalisation strategies of higher education institutions, internationalisation at home, national internationalisation policies and internationalisation of secondary education. Adinda has been involved in the development of a number of quality assurance tools for internationalisation of higher education and is the author of several publications.

Marcel H. van der Poel is a senior lecturer, researcher and an independent trainer in intercultural communication. He is de co-initiator of the award-winning Intercultural Competence Learning Lab (2011); he published about his experiences with the Lab in 2016. Marcel is currently involved with Intercultural Competence Development at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, freelance at the University of Groningen, and commercially at various companies and NGO's. Sociologist by training (RUG 20199), he earned a second Master degree in in Intercultural Relations (MAIR, Portland OR, USA) in 2013, and is currently working on his dissertation research on the condition that foster intercultural competence.

Adinda van Gaalen and Marcel van der Poel will accommodate questions regarding research and internationalisation, in particular how and what to facilitate if we discuss the different aspects of internationalisation.

Research and partner networks - Partner networks

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is dedicated to research, education and a relationship with the private and public sectors that have an international dimension. This means that education (study programmes) and research (knowledge centres and professorships) should work together with the professional fields to address the international dynamics of the profession and/or incorporate them in their shared research.

These partners (public and private) can then facilitate or stimulate the articulation of the question to be answered by research in which Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences would always focus on the impact of our research for the benefit of education and the work field (continual education and the circulation of knowledge).

Fiona Waldram (Erasmus + coordinator Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Katri Kaunismaa (Grants officer Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and researcher on meaningful partnerships) like to exchange views with the participants to this meeting on how to create and maintain meaningful partnerships with universities.

Calibration

Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences moulds its quality assurance according to its international and intercultural orientation to education by means of regularly scheduled coordination and calibration.

The Centre of International Affairs supports study programmes in this calibration (the coordination of expectations, processes and stakeholders). The purpose of this is to allow all the parties to use the same informed frame of reference to strive for a simple method of monitoring, assessing (PDCA cycle) and meeting international benchmarks.

Thomas Blanc (Quality Advisor at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Eva Buijsman (Internationalisation Advisor at Fontys University of Applied Sciences) will share their experiences with the tools they have developed to assess the quality of partner universities. In addition, information on international benchmarks and certification will be available.

Professionalisation

Working at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences means working in an intercultural and international education environment. From the staff, this demands international competence and intercultural sensitivity and a willingness to engage in continuing education in these areas.

Saskia Best and Cheryl Gerretsen, both lecturers at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, together with Marloes Ambagts from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, will share their knowledge and experience on the professionalisation of lecturers, supporting staff and management, in the field of internationalisation.

WERKplaats Internationalisering & Community Internationalisation Fontys

RUAS has started the WERKplaats Internationalisation in 2018 to support and boost the internationalisation of at least 10 study programs per year for four years in a row. The participating study programs work on the realisation of their own internationalisation ambitions, thus giving substance to RUAS’ Triangle of Internationalisation.

Fontys starts a similar program in the autumn of 2018 with a number of lecturers from different Fontys schools, to work on the internationalising of the curriculum, strategic partnerships and intercultural competences.

Enny Kraaijveld, Leo Klienbannink, Willemijn Balk and Sandra van de Ven, share their experiences on how to start and continue boosting the internationalisation of their respective universities.

Student experiences

International and Dutch students will share their experiences with an international exchange period or international internship abroad. How do students value an international experience?