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Internationalisation by travel? An evaluation of an experimental planning degree

Mironowicz, Izabela and Frank, Andrea Irmgard 2012. Internationalisation by travel? An evaluation of an experimental planning degree. Presented at: 26th Annual Congress of the Association of European Schools of Planning, Ankara, Turkey, 11-15 July 2012. p. 806.

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Providing some international experiences and developing students’ international, cross-cultural competencies has been on the agenda of higher education providers for a number of decades. Especially in Europe the establishment of a common European labour market and the 1999 Bologna agreement as stimulated a steady increase in the levels of cross-border mobility by professionals, students and academics. Higher education institutions are encouraged to participate in exchanges and inter-institutional collaboration agreements based on EU programmes such as Socrates and Erasmus. Planning schools have actively contributed to a host of innovations in respect to internationalising the student experience such as joint projects with students from different nations participating to joint diplomas/degree programmes. This paper critically assesses the student learning experience of a pilot master degree that takes internationalisation to an extreme level: Brandenburgische Technische Universität's Cottbus (BTU) Studium Generale (so called "ReiseUni”) degree. First, we will briefly describe the programme structure in which students travel and study at 8 different universities over a two year period. Underlying philosophy and aims of the programme are contrasted with reactions from students and staff involved in the pilot. The programme represents an entirely different approach to studying in a globalising world drastically decreasing the importance of a home institution. The authors will examine whether this may represent a valid model for the future in terms of providing meaningful economic and academic pedagogical framework for higher education.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europeanisation, planning education, mobility, institutional cooperation
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