MED2IaH

Mediterranean Countries - Towards Internationalization at Home (MED2IaH)

 

Rationale & strategic goals: The concept of Internationalization at Home (IaH) is built around the assumption that for various reasons a large number of students in higher education do not have access to international mobility opportunities and are therefore deprived from global learning, knowledge, and skills. Through the process of internationalization and expansion of knowledge networks across boundaries, higher education becomes the “industry of the future” in the new economy where human capital and innovative knowledge production are crucial for economic performance.

The MED2IaH project is first and foremost designed to have an impact at the system level inside partner universities to facilitate the integration of international and intercultural dimensions into both formal and informal curriculum for all the students within domestic learning environments (domains of curriculum, teaching and learning, extra-curricular activities etc.). Such integration is expected to generate better opportunities for cross-cultural learning, the adoption of international quality standards, and the extension of international relationships while strengthening collaboration ties with other institutions abroad.

At the national level in partner Mediterranean countries, policy-makers will benefit from various experiences inside participating higher education institutions to engage in evidence-based modernization processes of higher education in line with the reforms that are taking place in each country. Managers and other stakeholders in the sector of higher education, through the expertise gained from the MED2IaH project, are expected to better contribute to the ongoing reform processes in their respective countries and to articulate specific internationalization needs to support national policy development.

 

Innovative added-value:  MED2IaH project is built around the concept of IaH that reframes the traditional practice of internationalization in HE while shifting the focus from outbound mobility to systematic institutional efforts aimed at improving the global skills of all the students in domestic environments. This represents a paradigm shift and introduces an egalitarian community spirit where internationalization is no longer a privilege for a few students but an asset that benefits all the students. The project also develops a holistic approach encompassing a combination of diverse but complementary intervention measures into HE formal and informal curriculum. Practices and activities including students’ Camps, friends Teahouses, and stakeholders’ Networks contribute to the university experience of all the students and help them develop global skills. The project emphasizes the value of extra-curricular and experiential learning as being much important as the knowledge gained in formal settings to foster the students’ international knowledge.

 

Specific objectives: The MED2IaH project aims to:

    1. Map out the internationalization landscapes in each partner institution and identify levels of integration of international and intercultural dimensions into formal and informal curriculum.
    2. Improve internationalization capabilities through staff training while translating general awareness of the IaH practice into streamlined institutional strategies and action plans. Focus should be on how to integrate both outbound mobility with virtual mobility and on-campus intercultural engagement for better students’ employability.
    3. Build students’ intercultural knowledge and their sensitivity to cultural diversity while contributing to reshaping International Relations Offices (IROs) to become vibrant multicultural focal points (e.g., large-scale international collaborations, scope and quality of international partnerships, participation in EU mobility schemes and large-scale research programs, infrastructure to support campus diversity and assist international students etc.)

 

Activities:

    1. In-depth analysis and assessment of the current national framework for internationalization in partner countries.
    2. A detailed comparative study on existing national policies for internationalization and research in partner countries.

 

Stakeholders:

 

Tangible results: The following results are expected to be achieved in each partner country:

 

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