Virtual Conference: Online Internationalisation - Meeting the Challenge of Student Mobility in a Global Pandemic

Online Internationalisation

Date: November 13, 2020, 02.30 - 06.35 Danish time zone

Venue: Online

Registration deadline: November 12, 2020

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Due to the inconvenient time for people in Denmark, it will be possible to get the recordings of the conference. If you are interested, please send an email to Tracy Zou at tracyzou@hku.hk 

Internationalisation in higher education is facing unprecedented challenges because of the global pandemic Covid-19. The various preventive measures, for example, entry restrictions, visa suspensions, and quarantine measures, have created enormous barriers to oversea exchange, international experiential learning experience, and many other valuable learning opportunities that were supposed to develop students’ international, intercultural, and global value and competence. International students also became a particularly vulnerable group. These phenomena are dramatically changing the landscape of higher education and the internationalisation agenda. Many concerns have been raised around the access to higher education, the issue of equity, and well-being of both local and international students.

Internationalisation has been on the policy agenda for many universities around the world. The University of Hong Kong has been partnering with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University to collectively develop staff capacity for internationalisation of teaching and learning on a three-year project. There are many insights from our collaboration that make us keen to meet and hopefully address some of the challenges of students mobility in a global pandemic.

This virtual conference will serve as a platform to discuss the challenges brought by the global pandemic, brainstorm approaches to tackle the challenges and turn them into opportunities, and envision the future landscape of internationalisation. The discussion will be based on insights from keynote speakers, emerging practices by our colleagues during the pandemic period, earlier explorations through the above-mentioned project, and most importantly, our productive collaboration. All colleagues and students are warmly welcome to join this conference.

The conference is organised by The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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