Internationalising Employability Skills in Business Graduates: International Perspectives

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Woodley, Carolyn, Simmons, Rachel and Licciardi, Raquel (2010) Internationalising Employability Skills in Business Graduates: International Perspectives. In: Engaging for the future, 12-15 October, 2010, Darling Harbour, N.S.W.. (Unpublished)


Internationalising the Curriculum assumes a different focus depending on the educational institution, its national and regional context as well as the cultural and linguistic diversity of students and staff. While conversations about internationalised curriculum often end up exclusively focusing on international student exchange and global mobility, a t Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, an Internationalised Curriculum forms part of the university‟s broader Internationalising agenda: “Making VU an International University”. At a student level, the aim of Internationalising the Curriculum at VU is to encourage international perspectives and intercultural competence in students. This paper‟s purpose is to explore Internationalising the Curriculum in a first year core business subject at VU especially in relation to enhancing the employability of graduate global citizens who anticipate working in a global community. Using VU‟s Toolkit for Internationalising the Curriculum, the business unit Professional Development 1: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (PD1) is examined to illustrate the range o f teaching approaches that have been adopted to develop students‟ global awareness and to hone their intercultural communication skills especially when working in culturally diverse teams. Given that student cohorts on - and offshore are considerably differ ent in terms of their cultural composition and the inherent diversity of each cohort, this paper compares student responses to the teaching methods, the unit‟s purpose and the relevance of Australian employability skills in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Exampl es of student assessment, comments offered in student evaluations of the unit as well as responses from two focus group of PD 1 students at different sites of delivery are provided to demonstrate student views about the significance of “the cultural stuff” in this subject and its r elevance to their employability and lives. ---Australian International Education Conference

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9303 Curriculum
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Keywords ResPubID21185, Professional Development 1: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, PD1, Victoria University, VU, Melbourne, diversity, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, employment, team-based learning, communicative pedagogies, pedagogy, students, Chinese, English language
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