Professorial Lecture series at the University of Sunderland

Professor Monika Foster, Head of School (Business & Management) presents ‘Globalisation in the Time of Disruption: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education’.

Developing international perspectives is a strategic objective for many higher education providers and employers. It also a crucial graduate attribute for students preparing to work in an interconnected world. As globalisation of trade, politics and education is experiencing a time of disruption, there is a debate in the literature and media how to ensure internationalisation in all its aspects is harnessed as disruptive innovation, a force for positive change. A challenge for higher education providers is therefore how to embrace this in the curriculum and as a graduate attribute

To address the challenge, the lecture will examine the latest developments in globalisation and the impact of disruption, whilst arguing that it could be embraced as an opportunity, with examples from the globalised higher education. It will then move to consider how international and intercultural awareness looks and feels like in practice and how it has changed in recent times. This will be informed by the outcomes of a research project with students and academics on a selection of programmes in a Business School and a proposal for a systematic curriculum development approach, which promotes global awareness and intercultural skills to capitalise on this much sought after graduate skill.

Professor Monika Foster, Head of School, Business and Management, Sunderland Business School, Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism

Professor Monika Foster is the Head of School, Business and Management at the University of Sunderland. Monika has worked in Business Schools and higher education and in industry in the UK, Europe and Far East for nearly 30 years.. Monika was responsible for learning, teaching and assessment strategy, including international partnerships and quality assurance (Europe (Poland, Germany, Russia, Holland), Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore).

Monika’s external profile includes the award of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and advisory role with HEA to develop a national Framework for Internationalisation, and a title of Visiting Professor from Shandong University of Finance, People’s Republic of China. Monika’s research interests lie in cross-cultural management, employability, internationalization of higher education, intercultural aspects, and leadership and change management. Monika has led a number of international, cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects to scope and design mechanisms for assisting students with the transitions. Monika has published her research internationally and in the UK. Monika is currently working on a book commissioned by Routledge on Building Intercultural Learner Relationships: Towards a critical pedagogy for higher education in a multicultural globalising world due to be published in 2020.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 6pm at Prospect Building, Room 009, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s Campus, Sunderland, SR6 0DD. Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

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