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‘Inspiring Learning’ New Year Lecture 2021

January 26, 2021 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am

9am – 10.30am UK | 1pm – 2.30pm Dubai | 5pm-6.30pm Malaysia

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Strengthening transnational learning in a changing world: sustainable local and global communities

Professor Catherine Montgomery, University of Durham, UK


Higher education institutions globally are facing unprecedented disruptive trends which are challenging our previously held understandings of the future of international collaboration and global knowledge exchange. Against this backdrop of uncertainty, this lecture sets out to explore how we can develop the sustainable transnational learning communities which will be key to the quality and sustainability of international higher education in this new decade.

The lecture will consider the futures of institutional relationships as well as classroom teaching and learning communities, focusing on the significance of histories, socio-cultural contexts and trust in the local knowledge of transnational communities. The implications of policy and politics and what this all means for classroom practice in learning and assessment will also be considered. Despite the evident challenges the current crisis is presenting for international education, there is evidence of innovation and creativity, particularly in online classroom contexts, and these transitioning forms of internationalisation may provide space for a more ethical and sustainable internationalisation.

Following the lecture, participants are invited to join Catherine for an informal ‘teabreak’ conversation to continue the discussion. Bring your own coffee and biscuits!

About the Speaker

Catherine Montgomery is Professor of Education and Deputy Executive Dean (Global) for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health at the University of Durham. In this dual role, Catherine both researches international education and leads forward the Faculty strategies on global engagement, working across 8 different departments in the social sciences and health.

Catherine’s research focuses on internationalisation of higher education and she has a particular interest in transnational higher education in China and East Asia. Catherine’s recent work focuses particularly on mobilities and immobilities in higher education and the internationalisation of curriculum and knowledge. Catherine is also interested in the flows of international students and what this can tell us about the changing landscapes of global higher education.

The Inspiring Learning New Year Lecture is open to all our Heriot-Watt University community and to colleagues across the higher education sector.

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