24 Aug What happened to international-isation of the curriculum?
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ends with Button forgetting all he had achieved throughout his life and him finally blinking out of existence. Is this an appropriate metaphor to describe what has happened to the internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC) agenda in Australia’s higher education sector?
We were forced to consider this question recently when asked about the progress of IoC in Australian universities by our Brazilian colleague (Carla Camargo Cassol).
Indeed, underpinning her decision to conduct research on the progress of IoC in Australian universities as a participant in the Australian Academy of Science Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship Program was her belief that universities in Brazil have much to learn from their Australian counterparts. The question is, ‘what can they learn and how has IoC progressed in Australia?’
IoC, it seems, has all but disappeared as an educational priority in Australian universities. Along with its demise, we are seeing the loss of the expertise, resources and knowledge acquired during the decade or so when IoC held our strategic attention. Much like Button, IoC is blinking out of existence.