As the world becomes a smaller place, the best students and staff increasingly also want international experience as part of their portfolio and we need to supply this too. The theme of global reach and reputation runs throughout the strategy.
International students make up 36% of our student body and staff from overseas make up 40% of our academic faculty.
The challenge is not only how to embrace and maximise the richness of this diversity but also offer our community the opportunity to broaden their horizons internationally, both personally and pedagogically, in support of what we are seeking to achieve as a University.
Our strategy will enable us to develop the perspective of our staff and students as global citizens through the opportunities and experience we can offer and with a stronger focus on inter-cultural education.
Internationalism is strongly embedded in Warwick’s culture but in a world in which many universities are already copying us, we need to become ever more open to attracting the brightest and the best wherever they may be and to co-operating with the best universities around the world so that we can jointly achieve our goals.
We already have our alliance with Monash University which sees us jointly employing staff, offering student exchange opportunities, developing new transnational degree programmes, providing opportunities for our students to engage in joint modules.
We are working together to create a new model of a “connected Higher Education”. The longer term aim is to broaden this model to include a North American partner.
Through our engagement in the Centre for Urban Science and Progress, with a consortium of other global universities and businesses, work is already underway to improve the lives of citizens in New York and around the world. We are also looking at developing post graduate opportunities through this collaboration.
Researchers across Warwick’s Arts departments are partnering with colleagues in Queen Mary University of London in a “Global Shakespeare” initiative that aims to shape the future research agenda in twenty-first century Shakespeare studies and in particular, to look beyond the traditional geographical boundaries.
We will explore ways in which we can engage more students and staff in these and other opportunities to experience an international dimension, from offering more collaborative modules embedded in our existing curriculum through to simplifying exchange programmes and making them more accessible.
The opportunities are infinite; it’s a different model and one which we are still discovering the benefits of. We will continue to develop this new model of international collaboration and examine the ways in which we can further broaden our engagement with overseas partners.
No one institution can afford to achieve international reach and reputation on its own; sharing and partnering is the way forward and we already have a strong reputation for doing this.