2008 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus
Nomination submitted by: David Killick, Head of International Programs
Leeds Metropolitan University, in the United Kingdom, seeks to become “a university with world-wide horizons where an international, multicultural ethos is pervasive throughout our scholarship, curriculum, and volunteer and community engagement at home and overseas,” a goal articulated in its Statement of Vision and Character. In order to develop this, the university developed a comprehensive six point Internationalization Strategy and undertook a comprehensive series of activities in the following major areas: internationalizing learning, teaching and research; enhancing the international student experience; enhancing the international experience of home students; developing and fostering international partnerships and alliances; developing staff capability for internationalization; and effectively recruiting international students.
In addition to campus events, volunteer opportunities, websites, award programs, international partnerships and alliances, and professional development workshops—all having a global focus, Leeds Metropolitan University introduced a curriculum review mandate, which requires all course syllabi be reviewed against a document on Cross-Cultural Capability in the curriculum.