International Partnerships – Tomorrow’s World event

International Partnerships hosted a two-day online engagement event for the University’s partners across the world at the end of May.

‘International Partnerships in Tomorrow’s World’ focused on how international partnerships in higher education have evolved and will continue to do so to meet the challenges of a post-Brexit and post-Covid landscape.

The event was an opportunity to share key developments at Kent, including the latest information on the UK’s Turing mobility scheme.

Debate and discussion followed, focusing on supporting students through international crises, a topic introduced by Philip Pothen as Director of Engagement, and on pertinent issues relating to the evolution of our partnerships. Dr. Anthony Manning (Dean for Internationalisation), Prof. Jeremy Carrette (Dean for Europe) Catherine Morris (Environmental Advisor) and Dr. Phil Anthony (E Learning Technologist) delivered sessions on curriculum internationalisation, the logic of transnational education, sustainability, and supporting staff in the move to online teaching respectively.

Hannah McNorton, Head of International Partnerships, reflecting on the event, said:

‘After what has been a turbulent 18 months, it has been wonderful to connect in this way with our partners, building on the benefits gained from our regular Catch up with Kent events to elevate the University’s activities and key developments across our international networks and connections’

Representatives from over 20 partners registered for the event covering 15 countries.

Alongside the general sessions, James Corbin, Head of Careers and Employability Service gave a presentation on finding online work experience to students from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. This took place in the context of Erasmus+ funded project focusing on supporting employability in the UK and Kenya, awarded to Kent in 2020. Nicola Urquhart, Lecturer in Careers and Employability and other colleagues in Kent Business School will deliver a session to Nairobi staff in the next phase of the project.

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