Integration of overseas students through extended induction programme and course work activities

This project is part of the Global Perspectives Curriculum Group bid and builds on the theme of developing and encouraging global and multi-cultural awareness.  In the School of Technology we have several groups of international students some who have English as their first language and some who do not.  Some are UG and others are PG.  In all instances it can be difficult to expect them to integrate with UK students and take on group roles when the social and personal attitudes of such a diverse student body to “group working” is so varied.

This project intends to utilise team building activities and exercises in a social setting to develop social relationships and interactions between these groups.  It will use a combination of exercises designed to promote reflective practice as well as personal development in teams and within a team competitive environment.  This integrated group will then support group work in modules and student mentoring schemes in the School of Technology.

Project objectives

  1. to break down social and ethnic barriers between groups of students
  2. to build team skills and social relationships for the benefit of subsequent group work
  3. to develop a sense of community, ownership and awareness amongst international students
  4. to enhance multi-cultural awareness
  5. to enhance awareness and use of networking skills
  6. to enhance the interaction of international and UK students

Project outcomes

Brookes International Forum Dec 2007. Integration of overseas students through extended induction programme and course work activities

LEAD INVESTIGATOR

Doug Higgison (Technology)
dhiggison@brookes.ac.uk
Tel: ext 3507