Transnational Student Experience: Educational Spaces Created by Globalization

By Sylila Monteiro and Rashika Sharma.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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It is accepted that education today is continually challenged by the process of economic globalization. Consequently the international knowledge network is constantly affected by developments beyond the control of academic institutions. In response to this increasingly integrated world economy, governments and academic institutes implement policies and programmes of internationalisation. These shifting paradigms driven by technological and societal transformation direct education towards embracing international exchange to enhance the student experience and extend global expertise.

International inter-institutional partnerships in education are a common practice globally. Joint ventures termed as transnational education seek to ensure curriculum equivalence. Transnationalism allows a wider range of educational options for students through these partnerships, filling the gaps that exist in the systems of each partner. However the reality is far from ideal. Transnationalism presents potentials and pitfalls which challenge the success of the programmes, as students transition from one learning paradigm to another.

This paper explores the partnership between Unitec, New Zealand and an Asian automotive institute and highlights the impediments transnational students encounter with teaching and learning. It also reflects on teaching and learning strategies required to enhance the overseas student learning experience that may be considerably different from that on their home campus.

Keywords: Internationalisation, Globalisation, Transnationalism, Partnerships

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.67-76. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 760.554KB).

Sylila Monteiro

Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Industries and Business, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Sylila Monteiro teaches a wide range of communication and integrated practice papers on Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes offered across UNITEC. She is actively involved in delivery of communication, health and safety, and sustainable practice. She previously taught communication in Zambia Institute of Technology in Kitwe, Zambia. She specialises in business document translation services for French and Portuguese organizations engaged in international communication. She also provides training for New Zealand Army personnel in Portuguese and French as preparation for overseas assignments. Her consultancy work involves Industry Training on Communication components of Management Development Programmes for Unitec Enterprise Unit. Sylila research interests include interdisciplinary integrated practice in education, intercultural communication and sustainability. She has presented her research at several conferences in New Zealand and overseas.

Rashika Sharma

Lecturer, Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Rashika is a lecturer in Integrated Practice at UNITEC New Zealand specialising in sustainable practice, societal context and generic skills on the Bachelor of Applied Technology. Rashika’s research focus is on education for sustainability and takes keen interest in student centred teaching and learning strategies. Rashika has also taught at the Fiji Institute of Technology in Suva, Fiji.


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