Interactions in the International Classroom: The UK Perspective
In response to the changing landscape of global higher education, there has been a growing emphasis in the United Kingdom on the role of higher education in developing global citizens for global employability and global responsibility (Fielden, 2007). Such trends find expression in the internationalisation strategies of UK universities, as documented by Middlehurst and Woodfield (2007) and Caruana and Spurling (2007) and explored further by Jones and Brown (2007). These strategies place an increasingly high academic premium on intercultural learning, an appreciation of cultural diversity, the development of crosscultural communication skills and the fostering of a global perspective across all subject areas. Meanwhile, the second of the ‘Prime Minister’s Initiatives’ in 2006 has supported these trends at national level with resources allocated to improving the international student experience.