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Internationalisation policies & student exchange programs in Australian & New Zealand universities


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Daly, AJ 2005 , 'Internationalisation policies & student exchange programs in Australian & New Zealand universities', paper presented at the 16th ISANA International Conference: Internationalisation- Practical Solutions: A Trans Tasman workout, 29 November - 2 December, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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In response to the changing international market, the Australian and New Zealand governments have placed
greater emphasis on internationalisation within the tertiary education sector. Subsequently, universities have
implemented internationalisation initiatives such as attracting international students to on-campus courses,
and student mobility programs. While the literature regarding overseas students’ experiences studying in
Australia and New Zealand is broad, to date there has been limited consideration of the ‘internationalisation’
of domestic students. As student exchange programs represent an opportunity for local students to develop
intercultural competencies, there is a need for research to examine the issues affecting student participation
in academic mobility programs. Consequently, this study examined the relationship between student
participation rates in university exchange programs and the institutional policy and strategic goals at 33
Australian and New Zealand universities. The results show that there is a trend between the explicitness of
the strategic plans regarding student exchange and the proportional rate of outgoing students. As the success
of a policy’s implementation within an organisation is affected by factors external to policy itself, it is
recommended that future research focus on other push-pull factors at both the institutional and individual

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Daly, AJ
Keywords: Strategic planning, academic mobility programs, participation
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