Internationalising the Curriculum

KI has been awarded funding from STINT Strategic Grants for Internationalisation supporting the project Internationalisation of the Curriculum, IoC – A Framework for Action 2017-2020.

What is internationalisation of the curriculum?

Internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) has been defined as:

The incorporation of an international and intercultural dimension into the content of the curriculum as well as the teaching and learning arrangements and support services of a program of study. (Betty Leask, 2015)

IoC focuses on preparing students to live and work effectively and ethically in a globalised world.

Why internationalise the curriculum?

The aim is to move beyond an understanding of internationalisation as an ad hoc initiative (concerned mainly with international student and staff exchange) to one that intentionally “enhance[s] the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society” (de Wit et al., 2015).

The process of internationalising the curriculum can provide impetus for the renewal and development of KI’s current strategy for the internationalisation of first-and second-degree cycle education and will provide evidence-based research for the overall quality of education. The project will allow KI to develop guidelines, best practices and experience for all KI’s study programmes, as well as a strong basis for other Swedish universities to follow suit.

How will KI internationalise the curriculum?

IoC is a pedagogical innovation process that will enable the transformation of KI education by using curricular reform, by using a systematic and planned process and by engaging leadership. The process was developed and used by Betty Leask, Professor in Internationalisation and Vice Rector for teaching and learning at La Trobe University in Australia.

Action research is a reflective and cyclical process of problem solving. The purpose of the action research process is one of continuous quality improvement. The figure below explores the 5 stages of the IoC process, where each stage is accompanied by a central question that will be addressed:

  1. Review and reflect: To what extent is our curriculum internationalised?
  2. Imagine: What other ways of thinking and doing are possible?
  3. Revise and plan: Given the possibilities for IoC, what changes do we want to make to our programmes?
  4. Act: How will we know if we have achieved our IoC goals?
  5. Evaluate: To what extent have we reached our internationalisation goals?

What is the timeframe for the IoC process?

The IoC process will run from Fall 2017 through to Fall 2020 for the selected programmes, while the existing support will still be provided to all programmes during 2018 upon request (individual consultations, workshops, professional development courses, etc.) It is expected that all KI’s study programmes will embark on the IoC process as a result of this initial impetus.

Who is involved?

Five programmes have been selected to internationalise their curriculum 2017-2020

  1. Biomedicine - Bachelor programme
  2. Biomedicine - Master programme
  3. Dentistry
  4. Nursing
  5. Occupational Therapy

In order to have an exhaustive overview of KI’s needs in terms of international education, the following stakeholders will be involved:

  • University leadership: Committee for Higher Education (UK) and its drafting committees for internationalisation, Reference group for Internationalisation of Education
  • Educational leaders (GUAs, PDs, persons or groups of persons responsible for internationalisation of education in certain programmes)
  • Course leaders
  • Students support services (Academic Writing Support, Student Health, International Student Advisors, etc.)
  • Students representatives for each programme (Bachelor’s and Master’s levels)

Interview with Betty Leask

Prof Betty Leask was one of the keynote speakers of K I’s Educational Congress in March 2018. Jennifer Valcke, education developer at CLK, seized the opportunity to ask her a few questions about international education.

    Discussing internationalisation with Prof. Betty Leask