International postgraduate students experience in a UK university : lessons for academic practice

Arambewela, Rodney and Maringe, Felix 2010, International postgraduate students experience in a UK university : lessons for academic practice, in HERDSA 2010 : Proceedings of the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference, HERDSA, Milperra, N.S.W., pp. 29-38.

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Title International postgraduate students experience in a UK university : lessons for academic practice
Author(s) Arambewela, Rodney
Maringe, Felix
Conference name Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference (33rd : 2010 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 6-9 July 2010
Title of proceedings HERDSA 2010 : Proceedings of the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference
Start page 29
End page 38
Publisher HERDSA
Place of publication Milperra, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) internationalisation
student experience
gaps in perception
Summary This paper reports on a study of the international postgraduate student experience in a United Kingdom (UK) university, using a case study approach. Looking at both the academic and non academic experience of students in the university, the paper attempts to identify differences in perceptions of staff and students on key issues related to the international student experience. The limited sample of this study is compensated for by the quality and depth of data obtained from in-depth interviews with students and staff in one UK university. Results indicate significant convergence of perceptions in relation to the quality of education in the UK though the issues of cultural integration, English language and inadequate student support and the serious threat these issues pose to the quality of experience for students. The paper identifies five key gaps in the way staff and students conceptualise the postgraduate student experience and concludes with suggestions for how management might narrow these gaps in the higher education context.
Language eng
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, HERDSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031060

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