In a world where globalisation and interconnectedness is becoming more and more obvious, there is a growing need for strategic approaches to developing relationships of national importance. In order to achieve this, emphasis needs to be placed on preparing our future generations for this development. For this reason, internationalisation in education needs to play a central role, especially if we want future generations to be able to stay afloat in the 21st century and be in the running for future prosperity.
Typically, internationalisation strategies are known for being national priorities, but national priorities alone are not enough. Internationalisation needs to be strongly connected to our future generations and play an integral part in education. Not only do we need to teach students to understand mathematics, grammar and language, we also need to teach them how to become global citizens.
It’s down to each institution to focus on the existing European and national strategies, and find a connection as to how they can create their own strategies, collective visions and goals based around these.
In order to help underpin international objectives and targets, Internationalisation doesn’t necessarily have to be of immense proportions, but it needs to be a constant effort, lifted by the institution as a whole. A great start is to begin at the bottom, by implementing internationalisation at curriculum level. This is where it all starts, and will bring the world to the classroom. The next level is brining the classroom out to the world.
When internationalisation has been introduced at curriculum level, the platform has been set, and you are ready to take it a step further. You can start to encourage outward mobility of staff members and students as well as taking part in EU co-operation, this will enhance your international education performance.
Finally, you can invest your time in partaking in international and inter-regional partnerships and collaboration, which in turn will help strengthen your international networks for mobility.