Internationalisation strategies and the development of competent teaching staff

Els van der Werf

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    ABSTRACT This article argues that the role of the lecturer in an internationalised higher education institution is not limited to teaching internationally or interculturally diverse groups of students. Teaching staff members will normally be required to undertake a variety of tasks, which require different competences. In addition, they will need specific competences to be able to function well in an international working environment. In order to foster the discussion on the topic of staff competences in relation to internationalisation, this article suggests the use an ‘International Competences Matrix.’ This HRM tool is meant to alert both teaching staff and their heads of department to the fact that working in an international environment requires new and additional competences and that training teaching staff
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternationalisation revisited
    Subtitle of host publicationnew dimension in the internationalisation of higher education
    EditorsHans De Wit, Jos Beelen
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherCAREM: Centre for Applied Research on Economics and Management
    ISBN (Print)ISBN/EAN 978-90-817122-0-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • higher education
    • strategic management

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