Internationally active – professionally valuable

Introduction to the course

The motivation for this course stems from the research on the factors preventing higher education staff from engaging in international activities of their institutions. Namely, besides time and financial resources, several other barriers might hinder staff’s involvement in internationalisation.

This course aims to motivate and instruct higher education staff to overcome identified factors preventing their active participation in international activities. Several alternatives to such involvement are considered, and practical advice is given.

The course materials answer the following questions:

  • HOW to apply for international grants, publish in international publications, and work with foreign students?
  • WHERE to look for information on available funds for research, seek support and information?
  • WHEN is the best time to start the activities, apply for funds, and publish?
  • WHY is it worth getting involved in international activities?
  • WHAT benefits do international activities bring to a member of the higher education staff?

Partners in the project

The following project partners developed these course materials:

Expected learning outcomes

After finalising this part of the course, students will be able to:
Importance of being internationally activeDescribe why it is worth being internationally active at a personal level.
Give examples of why it is worth being internationally active for them personally.
Describe why it is worth being internationally active at a professional level.
Give examples of why it is worth being internationally active for them professionally.
Describe why it is worth being internationally active at the institutional level.
Give examples of why it is worth being internationally active for them at an institutional level.
International projectsKnow the appropriate calls for tenders of international projects.
Understand the meaning and benefits of participating in an international project.
Be able to collaborate in an application of an international project.
Have a clear idea of how to get involved in an international project.
Discriminate between personal projects and university-led projects
Publish internationallyList and explain publishing opportunities for internationalisation.
List key journal indexes.
Understand the meaning of measuring scientific publications‘ visibility and impact.
Know various ways of increasing the visibility and impact of scientific publications.
Understand methods of embedding the research within the international higher education context
International networkingUnderstand the importance of the research profile.
Build their own research profile.
Be aware of the various networking tools.
Be able to use various networking tools.
Be mindful of various tips and hints on how to network effectively
Interculturality and international activitiesKnow about and understand potential intercultural issues related to language and cultural barriers.
List the tips on how to deal with certain intercultural issues and how to possibly avoid them.
Improve their own cultural competence by illustrating certain aspects regarding intercultural issues.

To be prepared for cultural differences during international activities.

Suggested learning activities

  1. Browse through the PowerPoint presentations under the selected title that interests you. To deepen your understanding, proceed to the introductory reading and clarify things.
  2. Watch the introductory video under the selected title, if available. The video is a short, visual and audio-supported summary of the contents under the title.
  3. Read the provided introductory readings under the selected title, and check the additional materials listed in the introductory reading and PowerPoint presentation.
  4. Explore the additional readings as suggested in the previous bullet and further readings and references.
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