ERIC Number: ED364145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Overseas Students in Britain: A Welcome Experience? St. Catharine's Conference (Windsor, England, United Kingdom, September 1988). Report No. 12.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St. Catharine's, Windsor (England).
This publication reports on a gathering of 42 postgraduate foreign students from 27 nations studying at institutions of higher education in Britain to discuss the foreign student experience. Three main issues dominated the conference: (1) the relationship of overseas students to the British people; (2) students' life and work at the university; and (3) economic considerations. Bhikhu Parekh reviewed why students come to Britain to study and ongoing problems of racism and economics. Barbara Smith explored the complexities of living with the British, foreign students' busy lives, and Britain as a divided society. Ali argued that conference attenders should become involved in the student movement in order to affect change. Keith Fenwick discussed approaches to study within the British context and some of the problems foreign students experience, those that are similar to native students and those that are particular to the foreign students. Five discussion groups each met twice to consider what advice to give in-coming foreign students and practical changes to make the transition easier. A panel of students discussed what they expected to experience on returning home. In a final talk Alastair Niven reviewed reasons students come to Britain to study and noted problems of academic supervision, the impact of increased fees, decline in the reputation of British education, and decline in democracy. Includes a list of participants, their country, and their institutional affiliation. (JB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Postdoctoral Education, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Student Experience, Student School Relationship, Undergraduate Students
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St. Catharine's Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2HP, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St. Catharine's, Windsor (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain