PP2.06 Educating employable global citizens: university education for world-class global professionals6 March 2013 - 15:45
The stated mission of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is to educate “world-class professionals” but, until recently, the focus has been on world-class professionals to be employed regionally or nationally rather than world-class globally competent and globally mobile professionals. As in many other UK universities, this has been changing as MMU becomes increasingly engaged in international collaboration and internationalisation. In the new university Corporate Strategy, internationalisation in its widest sense has been placed as one of the five core pillars of the university, and the task of how to continue developing skilled knowledge workers in a university of over 35,000 students and 4,000 staff on 5 campuses is underway. Still in its early stages, the new mission is to educate world-class global professionals.
The project includes a parallel initiative for staff, from senior managers to academic, administrative and service staff, which will be incorporated into the annual Professional Development Review process. This is clearly important in internationalising university structures and systems, as “high quality education together with high quality of students experience” cannot be achieved without embedding staff development support and recognition firmly in the university structures.
The poster introduces the project, detailing strategic perspectives, teaching and learning perspectives, and theoretical perspectives. Taken together, the three perspectives provide a comprehensive case study of the potential, issues and challenges faced in the initial planning and implementation of a global education initiative in a large-scale, professionally oriented university.