The International Network’s key purpose is
- to be a collaborative network who will develop international business and funding opportunities for Scotland’s colleges, and further develop the international aspects of the curriculum
- to provide a forum for professional updating and for key agencies to provide advice and information
- to provide an opportunity for sharing of good practice
- to encourage and support collaborative bids and projects where these provide advantage.
Key support for this network will be provided through College Development Network (CDN), and supported by British Council.
The strands of International work in colleges cover four main areas:
- Student mobility – student experiences abroad
- Staff development abroad eg attendance/speakers at conferences
- Employability – preparing students to become global citizens (internationalisation of the curriculum)
The International network will impact on learners through:
- Finding business opportunities and preparing funding bids bring more money and resources to the sector
- Providing opportunities for collaboration on funded projects which develop the skills of staff and learners
- Supporting training and motivational opportunities for staff to enrich the college experience
- Providing more support for employability and the international elements of the curriculum.
Victoria Underwood, CDN Lead
Duncan McDougall, Glasgow Clyde College, Chair