Otago Polytechnic/Educational Development and Internationalisation

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Are International Students an under-utilised resource for OP staff and students? If so, how could better engage, interact and recognise our international students and the perspectives they bring to our campuses.

  • Include domestic students to the international orientation. No seperatation of groups.
  • Do online campus orientation to include distance students (sense of connection)
  • Web cams on campus for orientation (mobile uploads comp)
  • Theory "Front End Loading" - The first 4 weeks are critical
  • Languages (very international) has felt excluded to date. So we need to do more to include that aspect
  • Regarding distance students - what do Open Polytechnic do?
  • Is globalisation a more appropriate term to use in this project
  • Institutional events (like cultural festival) to be ongoing
  • Tertiary open day
  • LivingCampus could be "therapeutic" for internationals
  • Students as resources - internationalisation of the curricula
  • International students as a community resource
  • OP could do more to recognise its internationals (give permanent location)
  • International students as a possible workforce
  • How can the localised international students compliment the alternative economic models


Where and How do Dunedin and Cromwell figure into internationalisation? What roles do our local communities have in supporting or facilitating internationalisation for our institution and our students?

  • Staff blogging and teaching and learning networks
  • Personal relationships and connections
  • Working out how these relationships actually work? ie - theory of connectivism (for online)
  • CEE students are a resource for local high schools and their efforts to build international skills such as language and cultural awareness (future proofing plus value adds to local schools relationships)
  • New DCC settlement support network as a service for international students (as new migrants)


What does OP need to change or adapt or modify to better prepare for international economic or project potential – how do we (further) take ourselves out into the world?

  • Participate with and "love" the internet :) results in "life long learning"
  • Orientation and induction process for staff
  • Must have administrative supports around this
  • Build a sense of a shared responsibility for international students
  • Cromwell - something on the website about best practice
  • Tangible manifestations of the ethics we subscribe to (what does it mean to be culturally aware and quality teacher)
  • Further - we must be careful not to project our values onto those that may not want such socialisation
  • The service is an exchange, not a delivery
  • Learn to (and have the capacity) to grab opportunities as they present - but know our individual and collective limits


How can we better educate all OP staff, faculty and students as to the importance and relevance of institutional internationalisation. How would this education look and feel?

  • Get exposed, get exposure
  • Address our fees and pricing (Stuart Terry's information)
  • Identify capabilities internally that may have opportunities
  • Recognising social benefits locally and internationally (reducing economic and digital divides)

Strategy thoughts

Time spent considering the following 3 ideas:

  1. Our students apying learning internationally
  2. Our expertise and services in international education
  3. Our value statement about internationalisation


who how what we do

  • make sure they're clear and understandable

Prepare Otago Polytechnic Graduates to be capable of practicing in an international context

That Otago Polytechnic is internationally recognised as a legitimate and valuable source of educational expertise

That Otago Polytechnic is internationally recognised as a quality provider of professional and dynamic expertise with a reputation for producing exceptional and specific results

  • This statement needs to change so that it speaks to our values for internationalisation, and perhaps eamples of what we are doing.
  • Or, this statement is about our performance indicators

  • How can we consider the question of "what are our students", moving beyond the thinking of students as only those that come here. Maybe add this to the end of the 2nd point.
  • Identify our strengths and weaknesses to develop useful goals and objectives
  • Identify what connections we alread have
  • Survey the organisation for what international links already exist and what may be developing
  • How can we develop a coordinated approach for the organisation
  • How does the CODE for staff travelling over seas relate to how we might coodinate
  • How can we develop pre knowledge about activities and events relating to internationalisation
  • Set up a link with the corporate travel agent to send alerts to the international reporter to capture stories
  • How does the sustainability education fit? Blanket or spoon. WHat is the definition of internationalisation, its relationship to globalisation - and then, sustainability
  • Inter-galactic, planetary,.. joke, some sort of expression for students being internationally ready
  • Needs to be specific for different departments of subject
  • Capture, document and report on what's going on
  • Identify document and report on what we do as world leaders
  • Find leading internal models for Internationalisation
  • Respond to the markets
  • Customise those to specific international contexts
  • Capability, Capacity, Scalability
  • What are the values of internationalisation (especially beyond the economic)

What would be key performance measures

  • Need to define what we mean by the 3 goals
  • All qualifications internationally recognised
  • Bolognia process
  • Wikied Transnational Qualification Frame
  • Benchmarking
  • NZQA responsibilities
  • Assessment services that facilitate the migration of skilled workers
  • Soft skills (cultural)
  • Embed something into the curriculum
  • Staff capabilities
  • Technical skills (describe, discuss the international issues)
  • Workshops from the experienced staff
  • Strategy working group
  • Capture the stories

Stakeholder views and inputs

Awareness of where we've been