2.3.2. Professional development for international education leaders and international interns

Date:  Thursday 8 October
Time: 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Location: P2/3

Session Type: Thematic session

Chair: Ms Jo Asquith, Director, Future Students, Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, James Cook University (Australia)

Professional development needs and practices of leaders in international education: voices from the VET and HE sectors (1038)

Managers of international programs within VET and HE institutions play a crucial role in ensuring the development and sustainability of institutional internationalisation activities. Understanding their professional development needs is critical to provide effective support for them and therefore for the sustainability of the international education sector. Yet little is known about the professional skills needed and the professional development aspirations of managers in international education. The empirical data of this research, based on interviews and observations of professional development activities, shows how these leaders have engaged in boundary-crossing practice, especially through working with academics in different disciplines, to fulfil their professional responsibilities. This session will address the tensions facing leaders in their endeavours to enhance their capacity to work in international education within the structural conditions in VET and HE. It will examine to what extent leaders play an active role in engaging with formal, informal, collective and individual professional development.

Key interest area (KIA): PD
Sector(s): HE,VET

Dr Ly Tran, Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Deakin University, Australia