Thomas More Hogeschool International Strategies
Thomas More Hogeschool is a Hogeschool (University of Applied Sciences) located in the centre of the multicultural city of Rotterdam, and its mission statement is to educate skilled teachers who never give up, who are well trained in urban education, and who are conscious of their world citizenship. Broadening horizons, expanding knowledge about other forms of education, and becoming aware of different cultures and customs are essential elements to acquire this. Students and staff are therefore stimulated to do research abroad and to share their knowledge on educational systems in the Netherlands with their international counterparts. Thomas More Hogeschool therefore highly values the importance of offering both students and staff members the opportunity to discover how education is organised abroad and to gain inspiration from these international experiences.
Sharing succesful forms of education will contribute to the quality of education in general and will have a strong influence on social and economic developments worldwide. We strongly feel that future teachers should contribute to this global process.
Thomas More Hogeschool is constantly developing, also internationally. It aims at creating a global network through which students and staff will be able to gain knowledge about international educational programmes and resources. In order to enable students to study abroad, our staff will guide them through sharing teaching and research activities with other higher educational institutes. The international programme will focus on our strongest point: our close connection with the education field in Rotterdam. We will therefore provide programmes at bilingual schools in an urban environment or in the region of Rotterdam.
Strategic partnerships will enable and intensify the synergy between exchange, research and development on the one hand and international courses and programmes on the other hand, so that they will be regarded as a model for future collaboration. It is our aim to organise this in close connection with the international higher educational institutes, so that we can focus on the needs and goals of our foreign students.
INCREASING EXTERNAL INTERNATIONAL FUNDING
With sponsorship from the funding bodies listed below, UCC aims to increase international funding over the next three years. International funding is a central part of the realisation of strategic partnerships and UCC’s ambition to deliver content-driven internationalisation. UCC always seeks to collaborate with external partners in order to develop common projects that can strengthen welfare education and work.
* Horizon 2020
* Erasmus +
INTERNATIONALISING MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Effective management and administration constitute a cornerstone of successful internationalisation. In order to reach the required professional standard, the management has to cover a) knowledge of international higher education reforms, including systemic, structural and organisational variations within educational systems, cultural encounters, intercultural competencies and student learning processes in international contexts; b) professional management through clear prioritisation; c) effective support through focused advice and effective and transparent administrative support; d) coherent infrastructure through effective communication channels, secure teams and Side 6 af 8
networks and distinct allocation of assignments, and finally; e) transversal quality development and assurance through administrative standardisation and creative ways of transforming and translating international experiences and knowledge in educational activities and the development of the curriculum.
De Kempel aims to intensify its methods in giving substance to internationalisation in five ways between 2012-2017:
- Attention for internationalisation through teaching materials. (Maintenance of international (subject-specific) literature by teachers; offering international (subject-specific) literature to students.)
- Inviting teachers from abroad and sending teachers abroad for educational purposes. (Participation in international conferences; staff mobility; study visits; guest lectureships.)
- Internships abroad for students (Long term internships in co-operation with various foundations and Interactum partners to guarantee quality.)
- International excursions (exchange programme with Bruges and Brussels; excursions to London, Berlin, Boston, Suriname; inspirational tour to innovative schools in Belgium and Germany.)
- International projects (internationalisation@home; international research projects by the research group.)
Numbers 2 and 4: initiatives mainly focus on opportunities in Europe. The annual excursion to Boston (US) is part of the research programme “Contemporary Assessment in Education” of the research group.
Number 5: intensive structural co-operation was sought and found with partners in Flanders. We will occasionally join projects inside and outside of Europe.
For part 1 and 3, finally, we make use of sources and/ or capacities that are globally available (for example: Uganda, South Africa, Suriname and India).
In the document ‘internationalisation in the curriculum’ concrete (short and long term) possibilities for internationalisation are elaborated. This note, which contains the ambitions and goals, is adjusted based on experience and current developments annually.
Strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme. In the document ‘internationalisation in the curriculum’ the short- and long-term ambitions (2012-2017) on the field of internationalisation have been described. Expanding the participation in international cooperation project is a challenge for De Kempel. The pre-existing, structural cooperation with universities for teacher training in Flanders will continue to be important for De Kempel. The same applies to the possibility for students to participate in a long-term internship abroad. There will be cooperation with the partners of Interactum to expand the participation in international projects. In concrete terms this means that De Kempel , as a small independent university for applied sciences, will search for possibilities to participate in international projects that are initiated by other universities. Establishing cooperation projects within the framework of research (under the superstition of the research group or in the context of PhD research ) will be stimulated and facilitated.
The expected impact of our participation in the Programme on the modernisation of our institution.
1. Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs:
Offering opportunities to participate in international (cooperation) projects increases the attractiveness of studying for students. By integrating the opportunity to participate in international (cooperation) projects into the regular curriculum (including conducting a research assignment) and in this way to contribute to the development of start skilled teachers, the possibility for a succesfull completion of the study is increased. Clear selection criteria for participation (i.a. based on data about student progress) also form a positive impulse for successful student progress.
2. Improving the quality and relevance of higher education:
The education practice constantly changes under the influence of social and international developments. Knowledge of and insight in international developments on the field of education and ‘learning and development’ gives a positive boost to the quality and relevance of higher education and the quality of students because it enables the university and students to better foundation of their vision, choices and judgments. Improving the digital possibilities will widen access to international sources for staff and students. The ability to harness international knowledge increases and creates opportunities for new forms of education for a better connection to opportunities and needs of (specific groups of) students.
3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation:
A small independent university can maintain by providing education that is of high quality. The use of good, innovative, international examples contributes to the quality. Especially if it is accompanied by receiving feedback on our own method, provided by colleagues outside the Dutch context. Cooperation with universities in Flanders (including staff mobility) has priority for De Kempel. Within this cooperation student mobility is given substance to by short-term exchange projects.
Strengthening of information about the above opportunities for mobility (for teachers and students) is part of the document ‘internationalisation in the curriculum’
4. Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development:
Participation in international projects contributes to strengthening the knowledge triangle Typical of the research projects in which De Kempel participates is the regional embedding of the subjects. (Teachers of) primary schools and related educational organisations are partners in the implementation of research.
5. Improving governance and funding:
As a small independent university for applied sciences, De Kempel should effectively utilize the available budgets to live up to the strategic ambitions (includingthe ambitions on internationalisation). The use of opportunities for cooperation in the field of internationalisation, inside and outside the federation Interactum, is necessary.