MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
The role of non-academic staff in developing global citizens
Higher education institutions all over the world have made big efforts to provide its graduates with the skills to be global citizens. In these efforts, academic staff together with the vision of the institution and the opportunities to study abroad or be internationalised at home have been key. Nevertheless, in this equation non-academic staff has often been forgotten. We will examine the role that this non-academic staff can play in enhancing or hindering internationalisation and thus the global skills that we try to provide to our graduates. And apart from examining their role and reflecting on how to get them involved, we will present a tested model to get staff on board the internationalization efforts of our institutions together with supporting data.
1. Examine the role of non-academic staff in the development of our graduates
2. Know how to bring non-academic staff onboard the comprehensive internationalization approach
3. Implement a training model that can be set at any higher education institution to transform the institutional mindset towards internationalization and our future global citizens
4. Present data that supports the implementation of this model at own institution.
Ms Marina Casals Sala
Director of International Relations
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Director of International Relations at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain). Having worked in international education since 1999 also in Finland and Morocco. Member of the EAIE leadership 2007-2018. EAIE Trainer, member of the Management Board of CHEI (www.centridiricerca.unicatt.it/chei) and coordinator of the SUCTI Project (www.suctiproject.com).
Dr Edilio Mazzoleni
Director of the Centre of Global Engagement and International Education
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Director of the Centre of Global Engagement and International Education-Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore(UCSC). Member of the Board of Directors of ISEP, of the Confucius Institute–UCSC, of the Council of INU and of the Executive Board of the CHEI. Former International Policy Advisor to the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Ms Sabine Pendl
President, European Association for International Education (EAIE) and Director,
University of Graz,
Sabine Pendl is President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and Director of the Office of International Relations at the University of Graz, Austria. For more than 25 years she has been active in the field of internationalization as a manager, trainer and author of various articles.