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MN50738: Managing internationalisation in higher education

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment detail for this unit will be available shortly. (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit aims to equip students with a deep conceptual understanding of the theoretical foundations of internationalisation in higher education (HE) and its relationship to globalisation and the commodification of knowledge. It aims to develop students' ability to apply critically and creatively relevant bodies of management knowledge about quality assurance in partnerships to specific problems in their own professional areas whilst taking account of the interdependencies between the various areas and functions of universities.

Learning Outcomes:

* Critical awareness of how internationalisation impacts upon the key areas of operations management and the relationship between operations strategy and business strategy both within and between universities in international partnerships
* Ability to take an international perspective in understanding the impact of internationalisation on the roles and functions of higher education in different countries

Students who successfully complete this unit should develop:
* The ability to identify, reflect upon and engage critically with current research and advanced scholarship in the field of internationalisation and transnational education (TNE) partnerships
* The ability to acquire and analyse data and information relating to international partnerships, to evaluate its relevance and validity, and to synthesise it in the context of strategic university management of internationalisation
* The ability to deal with complex issues of culture and power both systematically and creatively in response to internationalisation agendas
* The ability to reflect on their learning in the unit and current professional practice with a view to integrate new knowledge concerning internationalisation with past experience and effectively apply it to management scenarios.
* The ability to develop a holistic perspective on a university as an organisation and think strategically about how the different functions relate to one another when managing internationalisation. All skills are initially taught/delivered in seminars, and then facilitated through further discussion online and individual work. All skills should also be evident in the final assessed work.

Typical content covered in the unit includes:
* Rationales for HE internationalisation: commercial, cultural and curriculum-driven
* Relationships between internationalisation and globalisation
* GATS and international trade in academic services
* Assessing quality in internationalisation
* The roles of international offices in institutional internationalisation
* Barriers to developing international partnerships
* Cultural differences in learning approaches in transnational education (TNE) partnerships
* Scalability, profitability and sustainability of TNE partnerships
* Soft power and international education hubs
* Institutional branding, international marketing and student recruitment
* International students' expectations of academic advising services The unit will also address a range of related concepts and issues such as postcolonial perspectives on HE internationalisation; environmental scanning and institutional positioning; human capital in university internationalisation strategy; restructuring the university library's mission and operation in the light of internationalisation; power relations in partnerships - legitimating and entrenching western dominance? The unit will also include content relating to consultancy roles, methodologies and skills in higher education, in preparation for Unit 5.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN50738 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management


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