To What Extent Are International Academic Staff (IAS) Able To Use Their International Teaching Experiences to Influence Diversity in Pedagogical Policies and Procedures Within An HEI?

  • School: Nottingham Business School
  • Starting: 2019
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Self-funded


Internationalisation is an important strategy if HEIs are to survive in a turbulent global environment. Competition is fierce, where Countries traditionally known for sending international students, are now receiving, and recruiting global talent. One strategy used by HEIs in quest for global diversification is the recruitment of IAS. Whilst initially the recruitment of IAS may be viewed wholly positively by stakeholders, it seems many HEIs simply see the recruitment of IAS as “ticking a internationalisation strategic box”- thereby creating a veneer of internationalisation. The fact is, internationalisation is more than just a “tick box”. It requires a shift towards ethnorelativism and a willingness to change the institutions culture to enable IAS to meaningfully contribute to the development of the institution, its research, and its pedagogy.  The wealth of experience brought to any HEI by its IAS needs to be recognised and acknowledged. This acknowledgement comes from institutions actively encouraging and supporting their IAS to contribute towards changes within the institution. From a pedagogical perspective, as HE cohorts become more complex and learning cultures more diverse, it seems logical to allow IAS who have experience of teaching and supporting students from their culture to offer ideas and process to enhance international student learning; whilst retaining the educational characteristics of the Country in which they are working.  This is therefore not to suggest that the home learning culture is subjected to “otherness”. It simply means allowing IAS to offer innovations that can transform the learning environment for the benefit of all the students, creating a more dynamic and integrated learning experience.


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Dr. Claudia M. Bordogna

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