ERIC Number: ED414432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Shrinking World: International Links with FE.
Davis, Val; Simpson, Ann
FE Matters, v2 n2 1997
A study investigated the current situation of international activities in further education colleges in the United Kingdom. Surveys of over 180 colleges revealed that nearly three-fourths referred to international activity in their strategic plans; only 41 percent had a written policy. Benefits of an international dimension were broadening experience for students, curriculum enrichment, increasing job prospects, and a recruitment tool. Cost, European Union bureaucracy, maintaining links, and lack of student interest were cited as drawbacks. A closer look at 11 colleges in England and 1 in Scotland identified the following rationales for involvement in international links: added value, support for local economic development and innovation, and improved profile of vocational education. The following models of international partnership were identified: exporting the curriculum, recruiting overseas students, vocational language training, English as a Foreign language; curriculum niche markets, partnerships for curriculum enhancement, and curriculum innovation projects. Issues that determined management structures were noted: a need to provide a stimulus and focus for growth and quality control; integration with college structures; internal communication systems; need for cooperation; and funding. To develop international links, colleges needed support and guidelines for curriculum integration, support from validating bodies, funding, a professional rationale, and ways to encourage student mobility. (Appendixes include guidelines for international work and a list of eight organizational information sources.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Relations, International Trade, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Postsecondary Education, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (7.50 pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom