Universities around the world are however moving towards a comprehensive approach to internationalisation. There's a whole web of people inside a university who have an interest in and can benefit from internationalisation. Remember why you're doing this. We want to produce graduates and faculty who are confident and sensitive when working in any cultural setting; who understand different perspectives beyond that of their home culture; and who have solid international experience.
And they love it, so everyone wins. Different perspectives are embedded in every layer of the curriculum, so our students don't end up with a monocultural approach. You need money to make it work.
It costs money to send students abroad, develop infrastructure to support overseas students, design and offer language classes and cultural training schemes, and train personnel to run programmes. We're reinvesting a massive amount of money from the resources that we get from tuition fees into supporting students.
But that was not enough any more, so we decided that we would offer unheard-of levels of support to make the student and staff experiences more international, both on campus and overseas. We had to think about what else we could offer: It's ok to start small. You need a plan. To be successful, you need ambition, vision, investment, and metrics. It's important to measure your baseline, because that shows how far you've come.
A quarter of our students are studying languages. Learning about other cultures helps students reflect on systems they've grown up with, and they love taking part in the discussions that follow. They want this opening to the world, this opportunity to engage with each other.
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