Colin B Grant BA, PhD, FHEA
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation), University of Bath
Stimulus paper, January 2013
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Many of the issues in my 2008 report remain, as this provocative stimulus paper shows. Some things have changed for the better, a few for the worse, and much has remained in substance unchanged, though the rhetoric may have a different colour. Colin Grant’s call for internationalisation policy at both governmental and institutional levels to have measurable effects across a number of areas - including but not limited to two-way mobility, international placements, consolidation of alumni relationships, research outputs, curricula development, and widening participation, has got to be right, and his thinking on his way there is challenging.
Professor Sir Drummond Bone
Master of Balliol College
University of Oxford
Commissioned by the Brown government in 2008, the Bone Report on Internationalisation and Higher Education was justifiably lauded as calling for a paradigm shift from internationalisation as a recruitment-led activity to internationalisation as comprehensive partnership activity. Whereas this paper embraces the findings of the report, it explores whether, four years since their publication, the fine ideals of Bone have been translated into practices, policies and behaviours. There is ample evidence of a shift towards partnership models, to be sure. That said, questions do need to be asked about the appetite for and understanding of internationalisation and partnership among leadership, faculty and also national agencies, not to mention government ministries. Are we being innovative enough? Do we secretly wish globalisation would just go away? Is it not a paradox that higher education appears to lag behind other sectors - and indeed its students - in its grasp of the new realities of multiple global contexts? This paper calls for renewed efforts to position the UK Higher Education sector at the forefront of global university partnerships (it also recognises that many individuals, universities, networks and agencies are working hard to achieve this). The logic of this call is to challenge first and foremost the rather less engaged majority of universities but also other relevant sectors to cast off the fetters of their parochialism and take concrete steps to enable greater mobility for staff and students, greater partnership in research, and greater leverage across a coalition of forces in our world of bundled networks.
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