Exactly one year and 21 days since I joined the University of Bath, I was delighted University Council approved our Internationalisation Strategy 2019 - 2021 during its latest meeting.
Supporting the delivery of the University Strategy 2016 - 2021, our Internationalisation Strategy has four interconnected goals:
- To raise our international profile and reputation
- To increase our international research and address global challenges
- To develop a globally aware and mobile university
- To strengthen our European engagement
The Strategy builds on our existing international activity, finding opportunities for synergy and collaboration in order to build significant and focused partnership activity, while recognising that we can never hope to constrict our diverse international portfolio into a small number of pre-defined partnerships.
The Strategy speaks of our intention to build sustainable transnational education to broaden the University’s reach and reduce our carbon footprint by taking the learning to the students, rather than expecting them all to come to Bath. The resulting portfolio of programmes is likely to include on-line distance learning, joint doctorates, professional doctorates and selected overseas delivery.
For those international students who do come to Bath, and, for those students and staff who do not physically travel abroad, the Strategy includes active promotion of Internationalisation at Home, to nurture a global outlook and support an increasingly internationalised experience for all.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to development of the Strategy, through the consultation sessions and subsequently, and to thank colleagues in the International Relations Office, who coordinated the overall process.
Whilst I am pleased to share the newly approved Internationalisation Strategy, it is only the beginning of the conversation and we have already begun to develop an implementation plan to enable us to turn strategy into action. Working with staff and students across the University, we want to develop a proactive and shared approach to internationalisation which enhances our core activities of education and research.
I look forward to working with colleagues, students, alumni and our partners as we seek to embed internationalisation in everything we do.
If you have any particular ideas or comments on the strategy and its implementation, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please email me at email@example.com or contact the International Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org