China Annual Conference for International Education 2015- Cheryl Pennington

Paul Emberlin @emberlinP and I @penncheryl were lucky enough to attend the China Annual Conference for International Education in Beijing in October 2015.

It was an amazing experience where we were able to be participate in debate and discussion with colleagues from all over the world about international education and globalisation. I feel extremely fortunate for having had this opportunity. I am passing on some of the themes which were a feature of the conference.

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Vice Chancellor, Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand

Key ingredients to be successful in internationalisation:

  1. Clear vision
  2. High level champions across Group
  3. Extensive buy in across the Group
  4. Alignment with strategic plan
  5. Win-win partnerships – internally and externally

Presentation by Dr Daniel Phelane, President of Jackson College (American Community College)

Jackson Community College website

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Presentation

Onboarding process at Jackson College

American Community College Reports

Achieving the Dream

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  1. Globalisation
  • How best do we prepare our students to be global learners of the 21st century?
  • Big demand for high quality English language teaching in China. An increasing number of Chinese courses have a percentage of delivery taught in English.
  • Need for UK students to learn Mandarin. In America a target set by Obama was to have at least 100 000 students learn Mandarin has been achieved.
  • Create an ‘international campus’ – international speakers, visiting diplomats,
  1. ‘Just in time applied vocational learning’
  • Curriculum needs to be agile and responsive to changing employer needs e.g. Institute of Technology University (ITU) International Technological University ITU Strategic Plan on average reshapes their curriculum in 5 weeks sometimes they even offer a course within a week to ensure currency of the content.
  • Learning includes academic/ theoretical principles combined with currency of ‘hot’ learning topics delivered by industry experts in the particular fields. The best universities are those offering this approach, not necessarily the highest ranking as the criteria for ranking doesn’t focus on this.
  • Use of the very best industry simulated learning environments e.g. 5 star Hotel at Jinsong Vocational School.
  • Real world environments must be commercial in almost every respect.
  1. Technology
  • Many American Community Colleges have gone ‘textbook zero’ instead of books, requiring every student to purchase a digital device to support their learning. The college provides them with access to free e-books. Research at Jackson College shows this leads to better students achievement.
  • Development of students independent learning skills through good quality online learning.
  • Higher ratios of students to staff members through good quality online learning.
  1. English Language teaching and learning
  • Priority need for high quality English teacher training courses. In China this is a strategic aim for next 5 years till 2020.
  • English is the lingua Franca and Chinese students need to develop stronger English skills
  • Incorporate a range of learning strategies to improve students English skills, e.g. buddying/ pairing students whose first language is not English with those whose are English.
  • Develop teachers English skills so they are very effective, skilled teachers are in great demand.
  • Development of students English skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening, needs to run right through their programme.
  1. Work readiness of students
  • College prospectuses do not promote courses rather employment/ progression outcomes.
  • Students must be work ready when they leave their course.
  • Leading industry experts should be delivering ‘Masterclasses fortnightly’ or collaborating with students through technology.
  • Learning outcomes can be measured in employment competencies and within an HE setting, number of patents.
  • Employment competencies should be developed through
    • work experience
    • internships
    • masterclasses
    • work shadowing
    • employer co-created opportunities
    • for part time HE students and apprentices project based learning should focus on bringing the students current work problems into lessons and these shape the learning experience.
  1. Teaching and Learning

Concept of 3-D learning:

  • in the classroom
  • self directed independent learning through high quality online learning
  • through and with employers
  1. Quality
  • International offer must be synonymous with quality within a global context.
  • With globalisation the need to distinguish between what is excellent quality and what is not becomes key – Ofsted, QAA, British Council, employer feedback/ endorsement, student feedback.
  1. Unrelenting focus on ‘who we serve’
  • Jackson Community College – Total commitment to student success (TCS2)
  • Recruitment/ on boarding process for new staff – senior staff always involved, a recognition of ‘only with the right staff can you affect the culture of the organisation.’ Onboarding process at Jackson College

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