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International mobility placements enable students and staff in Higher Education to enhance transversal and employability-related skills: Graphical Abstract Figure.

Standley, Henrietta 2015. International mobility placements enable students and staff in Higher Education to enhance transversal and employability-related skills: Graphical Abstract Figure. FEMS Microbiology Letters 362 (19) 10.1093/femsle/fnv157

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Abstract

Internationalization has commanded an ever-more prominent position in higher education over recent years, and is now firmly entrenched. While academia has long been outward looking—international research collaborations, conferences and student exchanges are well-established practices—it is relatively recently that internationalization has become a goal in its own right, rather than a consequence of normal academic activity. There are multiple interdependent drivers behind this: a focus on graduate employability and development of broad competencies and transferable skills in addition to subject-specific training, ‘international awareness’ being confirmed as a graduate attribute that is highly valued by employers, the availability of detailed information enabling prospective students to choose between Higher Education Institutions on the basis of their international opportunities and graduate employment rates, increasing competition between Institutions to attract the best students and to ascend national and international league tables, and (both driving and reflecting these trends) national policy frameworks. This minireview focuses on two aspects of internationalization of direct relevance to microbiology students and academic staff in a typical Higher Education Institution: student research placements overseas, and the impact of international mobility on teaching practice and the student experience. Practical strategies for developing intercultural awareness and enhancing employability are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1574-6968
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 14:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91502

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