Curriculum Global Dimension at International School of Business, HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2021)
Title: Curriculum Global Dimension at International School of Business, HAN University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
Stream: Educational Research, Development & Publishing
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Authors:
Marjon Elshof, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Florentin Popescu, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Bram Hendrawan, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Abstract:

The global dimension (GD) in higher education curricula is becoming more relevant as it forces universities all over the world to redefine and redesign their international strategies. As literature indicates, these strategies usually involve interrelated aspects: international relationships, intercultural factors, (interactions between people from different cultures within particular countries, communities and institutions), global factors (worldwide scope). Integrating these elements into the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop global awareness and intercultural competence. Building on the concept of [email protected], the aim of this paper is to analyse the global dimension of the existing curriculum at the International School of Business (ISB), HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands and develop a fitting method of integrating global perspectives into the curriculum content, making internationalization practices available for all students. The methodology applied in this research is a content analysis of modules taught at ISB, followed by interviews with lecturers (n=10) in order to gain insights in the GDs that are used in the curriculum. We found that a framework for integrating GDs into the curriculum is missing and therefore GDs are not strongly integrated into the curriculum. The social and educational impact of this research is obvious as the stakeholders involved (students, teachers, local government and companies) are interlinked in applying intercultural competences in an international environment. Until recently, there have been few empirical investigations into the characteristics of global dimensions in curricula.



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