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How to internationalize the curriculum?

When:Tu 22-09-2015 13:00 - 17:00
Where:Van Swinderenhuys, Groningen

International Classroom 2.0: How to internationalize curricula and courses How to develop global and intercultural competences Seminar


How should RUG move from here to International Classroom 2.0?

Two internationally renowned experts, Professor Darla Deardorff from the United States and Professor Betty Leask from Australia, will present a short overview of relevant research, illustrated with specific case studies and models. Deardoff and Leask will include a critical reflection on the approach and the tools developed in the RUG international classroom project and share this with the participants. There will be ample attention for the organizational context and “enablers” and “disablers”. Discussion will focus on “why” and “how” questions. The seminar will be chaired by the Rector Magnificus, Professor Elmer Sterken.

Target Audience

The seminar is open for all staff and students who are dealing with internationalization in their work and study environment, and those who are interested to learn more and exchange experiences. External relations are also welcome to attend. This is a first announcement. Below you find the bios of the international guest speakers and the opportunity for registration. Registration is free of charge and on a first come, first served basis.

Bios guest speakers

Professor Betty Leask is an internationally respected leader in internationalisation of the curriculum, an area in which she has researched and published extensively since 2001. She is currently Professor of Internationalisation and Pro Vice-Chancellor Teaching and Learning at La Trobe University, Melbourne where she leads curriculum innovation and change across the institution. Her national teaching fellowship on Internationalisation of the Curriculum in Action (2010) engaged academic staff in different disciplines in internationalisation of the curriculum ( This work resulted in the development of a conceptual framework of internationalisation of the curriculum of relevance to university and disciplinary leaders, scholars, curriculum designers and teachers and a number of related publications, including two books.

Professor Leask is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies in International Education and Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Universita Cattolica del Sacre Cuore in Milan. Professor Darla Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators, a national professional organization based at Duke University, where she is a Research Scholar in the Program in Education. In addition, she is an adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University and at Monterey Institute of International Studies. Professor Deardorff is a renowned expert on intercultural competence and assessment in international education.


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