King’s College London is seeking to recruit a social science scholar with interests in the global dimensions of education to contribute to teaching and programme administration on an MA Education suite of programmes and other programmes as required. They will also undertake doctoral supervision and conduct high quality research. The successful candidate will have expertise in, or that can be applied to, international and comparative education, education and international development, education in a global context and/or intercultural education. Expertise relating to school leadership and management will be particularly welcome but is not essential.
In addition to state (or public) primary and secondary schools, with students in my study abroad program, which ended on July 18, 2022, I visited two NGOs during our second week of study, the London Chinese Community Centre (CCC) in London’s Chinatown and the Islington Centre for Migrants and Refugees in the Islington district just north of the City of London. Our goal was to have direct exposure to how community-based organizations help newcomers in their intercultural adaptation in the U.K., as well as some of their challenges and successes in this regard.
During the initial stage of adaptation, one of the most immediate needs of new migrants is the acquisition of services in helping them settle into their new daily routines. Such can prove to be a difficult task, especially for those who do not have a sufficient level of social or functional English. As such, community-based NGOs like the two we visited last week can play a vital role. For example, CCC routinely assists their immigrant members with legal aid for securing social services from the local government or otherwise offering a place for them to build a new social network with their compatriots.
On the other hand, the Islington Centre also regularly helps their clients, many of whom are refugees from conflict regions, with various kinds of legal aids referral services to help them address issues such as political asylum status application, as well as various other everyday life matters related to poverty or job seeking, health maintenance (some of their clients do not know how to fill their medical prescriptions), housing or homelessness, learning about their rights like all other citizens, learning their way around the city, and so on.
One of the challenges facing the staff at these organizations has to do with how, and the extent to which, they can maintain a balance between their professional obligation to their clients and their own personal emotional well-being. On the one hand, one needs to be compassionate about the lives of the newcomers – especially since many of the refugees come from conflict or war-torn regions or escape from political persecution – and many of these people are going through an extremely traumatic stage of their lives. One legal aid staff member of the Centre confided that their day rarely concludes at the end of the workday as their clients’ (at times desperate) needs do not end then.
But there also are moments of joy and great satisfaction. Many members at the Chinese Community Centre enjoy taking part in the various Chinese arts and culture events and workshops, as well as English-language classes. This has been a source of encouragement for the center’s staff and volunteers to continue with their work. An executive at the Islington Centre told us that at times they organize field trips for their clients, to visit museums or attend cultural events across London. During these field trip events and various other such social activities, they sense noticeable joy among their clients. As their clients see or learn something new, their cultural experiences allow them to begin to regain some sense of normalcy in their intercultural adaptation to an otherwise unfamiliar social landscape.
In her guest lecture to my students on “Rethinking Teaching Languages in European Schools (with a Focus on England): A Healthy Linguistic Diet Approach,” Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith (July 5) emphasized the importance of bilingual education among the young in the United Kingdom nowadays. This topic was shared by Nicky Busch (July 6) in her special presentation on “The Intersectional Dynamics of Immigration, Intercultural Education, and Intergroup Relations in the United Kingdom,” in which she similarly acknowledged how acquiring English as a second or additional language can help immigrant students gain a voice of their own in their intercultural adaptation to life in the UK.
Our understanding of the above ideas – and many more others that this brief post simply cannot include – has been greatly enhanced by what my students and I witnessed “on the ground level” during our field visit at the Mayflower Primary School, a public school located in the eastern borough of Tower Hamlets in London. While the 2011 census in the UK reported that about one-third of the borough’s population came from Bangladesh, about 90% of the students at Mayflower Primary today are Bangladeshi. Many come from low-income families with a relatively low level of literacy, with parents who are not fluent in spoken English. These are some of the reasons why the school has adopted an approach that emphasizes developing their students’ competence in reading and storytelling in English. At the same time, the teachers encourage their students’ families to speak in their home language, in part to help promote bilingual fluency among the students.
From one practical (or pragmatic) perspective, the emphasis on reading is meant to help the students become savvy information seekers and users for personal and professional development purposes. On the other hand, it is believed that a high level of oracy – with a high degree of competence in taking in one’s experience of the world around them and then in being able to articulate or tell “stories” about their experience orally – can help the young build a solid foundation for acquiring writing skills.
But the above teaching and learning strategies do not and most likely will not automatically or by default lead to the development of students’ competency in intercultural communication, adaptation, or dialogue. For example, Heba Al-Jayoosi, the Assistant Head (Inclusion) at Mayflower Primary School, suggests that many of the parents have never been to London Bridge, which is not far from home. Hence, the school has embarked on a project to take the students and their families on a field trip to London Bridge. Such co-curricular activities are meant to help them gain more exposure to the larger social and cultural environment and help them better adapt. These field trips (similar to my current study abroad program in London) set the stage for follow-up discussion or storytelling among the participants afterward.
I have invited four distinguished colleagues to share their insights with students from NYU’s main campus on Washington Square in New York City. They include Nicky Busch (NYU London) on The Intersectional Dynamics of Immigration, Intercultural Education, and Intergroup Relations in the UK; Myria Georgiou (London School of Economics and Political Science) on Remote Teaching and Learning during the COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities; Dina Mehmedbegovic-Smith (University College London) on Language Education in the UK; and Maria Tsouroufli (Brunel University London) on Gender Inequality in Education in the UK.
King’s College London is seeking to recruit a social science scholar with interests in the global dimensions of education to contribute to teaching and program administration on our BA Social Sciences and MA Education suite of programs. The successful candidate will have expertise in, or that can be applied to, international and comparative education, education in a global context, and education and international development, with a strong grounding in a foundation discipline. They will also have strong communication, organizational and teamworking skills, a commitment to inclusive and democratic ways of working, proven teaching ability and an interest in, and aptitude for, communication across disciplines. They will be a member of the friendly and vibrant Centre for Public Policy Research within the School of Education, Communication and Society, which is a School in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy. The school particularly welcomes candidates from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. This full-time post post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months.
Featuring experts in intercultural competence from across the U.S. and internationally, the Intercultural Competence Conference (ICC) is for K-16 educators and students in fields related to Foreign Languages, Social Sciences/Studies and the Humanities, and for others involved in government, NGOs, and the private sector who are interested in seeing and interpreting relationships between cultures. This biennial event brings together researchers and practitioners across languages, levels, and settings to discuss and share research, theory, and best practices, and to foster meaningful professional dialog on issues related to the development and assessment of Intercultural Competence, especially in a foreign or second language. Hosted by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, the 2022 ICC conference will focus on the ways in which intercultural communication and the teaching and learning thereof have been shaped through mobility – both virtual and physical.
NOTE: the Call for papers has already closed, but the event is still open to participants.
Grant has been involved in international education and training in different capacities since 1991. Originally from Newcastle- Upon-Tyne in the North-East of England, Grant is a long-term expatriate who has lived and worked in France for over 30 years. He was in charge of the International Relations Service of different higher education institutes for 17 years. Since 2000, Grant has focused on the conception, organization and implementation of undergraduate, post-graduate and professional development study and training programmes with an international and intercultural dimension.
Grant is currently in charge of developing the intercultural communication/diversity management track at IÉSEG School of Management. He is vice-president of SIETAR France (Society for Intercultural Training, Education and Research), and a council member of IACCM (International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management). Grant is also a long-standing member of the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity and Change (GCD).
In recent years Grant’s focus has moved more from a purely international/intercultural perspective to a more broadly diversity and inclusion perspective which is reflected in his participation in projects aimed at fostering more diversity and inclusion in higher education institutes and in making them zero tolerant of physical and verbal harassment. He is currently involved in an international research project examining the International Student Experience (ISE) as well as two internal IÉSEG projects designed to increase student engagement and inclusion and eradicate verbal and physical harassment. When he is not at work, Grant likes to spend time cultivating his vegetable patch, listening to music, and following his local soccer team, LOSC.
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Grant Douglas serves as a reviewer for French.
The Program Manager will be responsible for the management and overall development of the MIT France and Belgium programs. The programs create experiential learning and research opportunities in France and Belgium for MIT students and faculty and develops partnerships connecting MIT and France/Belgium. Will implement and oversee all aspects of student internships and other experiential learning opportunities in France and Belgium, including advertising, recruiting and matching students with opportunities, and preparing students through training on culture and workplace norms; cultivate relationships with potential host organizations in France and Belgium, identify new and develop relationships with prospective funding sources (corporate, individual, government, foundation), and organize activities to steward current donors; administer faculty seed fund grant programs to promote research collaborations; and collaborate with and serve as a resource on France and Belgium for the MIT community, and promote the program as a hub of France/Belgium-related activity on campus through outreach/events.
Must be willing to work evenings periodically and travel to France and Belgium several times per year.
The post holder will make a major contribution to the implementation of the University’s Global Engagement Strategy, with specific focus on supporting the University’s Transnational Education Strategy. They will be responsible for supporting and enhancing existing TNE partnerships, and assisting in the development of new TNE partnerships, and other projects as directed. They will work closely with the Head of Transnational Education and the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, and other key internal and external stakeholders.
The successful candidate will be required to have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to meet the challenges of a complex operating environment. This includes a track-record in managing multiple projects to achieve results. You will have a strong understanding of the HE operating environment, preferably within an international context. You should be able to demonstrate considerable experience of supporting colleagues in the development and management of projects or partnerships and a commitment to delivering high quality customer service.
An understanding of inter-cultural business practices and an innovative approach to relationship management is desirable, as is familiarity with University course portfolio. This post is predominantly UK based, but on occasion you may be required to travel to visit partners.
The Director of the Office of International Education’s (OIE) role is to provide leadership and manage the University’s education abroad programming, and implement developments in term-length and other study abroad opportunities as decided by various constituencies on campus, primarily the Vice Provost for Internationalization, the Internationalization Council and other faculty and staff committees/units. The Director also advises students, parents, faculty, and staff of the various opportunities for studying abroad. This position is responsible for promotion of programs; management of program sites; preparing students for an experience abroad; transferring course credit; managing compliance and risk concerns regarding study abroad for the university; and responding to the needs of students, parents, staff, and faculty. The Director is also responsible for managing the study abroad operational and program budgets in conjunction with the Director of Budget and Operations. Finally, this position advocates and supports the articulation and integration of connections between study abroad and global learning outcomes across campus.