The International Student Barometer (ISB) results for New Zealand universities in 2013 highlight that international students’ satisfaction rating around making host friends and employability are lower compared to the global benchmark. Both of these factors link closely to a student’s experience of social inclusion and a sense of belonging in their host country, and invariably affect wellbeing and participation in the classroom.
So what can institutions do to create more inclusive learning environments, ones which genuinely promote exchange and interaction between international and domestic students? How can we engage international students more through social and education programmes that would enhance their integration into campus life and community?
In this interactive workshop, you will hear from an international student about his journey towards inclusion, followed by small group discussions to explore what inclusion would mean and look like in practice for your institutions.
During the workshop, you will be encouraged to identify one key initiative you or your institutions can work on to enhance the inclusion of international students on campus.