International Collaboration in Higher Education: A Reflection of Student and Lecturer Experiences


The influence of international collaboration opportunities on student and lecturer experience in higher education is unmistakable. Not only do international collaboration projects provide the opportunity for internalisation, the improvement of cultural sensitivity and understanding, as well as problem-solving in culturally diverse teams, it also provides a reflection opportunity for lecturers on current lecturer teaching practices and how teaching practices can be improved. As a result, most higher education institutions are starting to include international project-based learning projects. This paper is based on one of the international teaching mobility projects of the NWU, Centre for Teaching and Learning, that focuses on transforming university teaching, learning and research, which is in line with the National Framework for Enhancing Academics as university teachers (DHET, 2018), the UCDG (Draft Ministerial Statement 2012-2023) and the NWU Annual Performance Plan (APP). The project entailed that students from different international universities, including students from Indonesia, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Canada, work together in teams on a 24-hour design thinking project. This paper outlines the international collaboration project, provides the background of the project, a reflection on the student and lecturer experiences, and concludes with an action plan for future international collaboration projects.

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Carinda Christien Williams, North-West University, South Africa
Clarise Mostert, North-West University, South Africa
Marieta Jansen van Vuuren, North-West University, South Africa

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Conference: ECE2022
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Williams C., Mostert C., & Vuuren M. (2022) International Collaboration in Higher Education: A Reflection of Student and Lecturer Experiences ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings
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