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Presentation from Global Engagement Strategy update session

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The political and economic changes of the past year pose new challenges for the higher education sector and international mobility of staff and students.

Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), recently briefed staff on what the University is doing to prepare for the challenges of an increasingly uncertain world.

The University’s Global Engagement Strategy is shaped around our vision for 2026 to be a vibrant, thriving, sustainable, global and broad-based institution, responsive to, stimulated by and informing changes in the world around us. As a result we will be significantly larger in terms of students, global reach and presence, and revenue.

Vincenzo’s Global Engagement Strategy update covered five core areas of activity:

  • internationalising the curriculum
  • international student experience
  • student mobility
  • student recruitment
  • pathways, partnerships and off-shore education
  • research partnerships

He said a key question for any higher education institution was how Brexit would impact student recruitment, student mobility, staff recruitment and retention and research funding.

The University expects that one-fourth of its students will be based overseas by 2020. Vincenzo said that the political and economic changes of the past year pose challenges to that target, but the University is working on a portfolio approach to its international growth.

He said that such an approach recognised the need for diversity in the portfolio of activity and in different market segments. He highlighted NUIST-Reading Academy as an example of the development of a Reading campus without infrastructure investment.

The Global Engagement Strategy session also heard from Teaching & Learning Dean Elizabeth McCrum, who spoke about the work towards internationalising the curriculum. She said that all of the University’s undergraduate programmes will be reviewed by 2019. A framework has been established to help with this review as well to design new programmes.

The full presentation from the session is available here.

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