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Challenges to providing work integrated learning to international business students at Australian universities

Gribble, Catriona, Blackmore, Jill and Rahimi, Mark 2015, Challenges to providing work integrated learning to international business students at Australian universities, Higher education, skills and workbased learning, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 401-416, doi: 10.1108/HESWBL-04-2015-0015.

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Title Challenges to providing work integrated learning to international business students at Australian universities
Author(s) Gribble, Catriona
Blackmore, JillORCID iD for Blackmore, Jill orcid.org/0000-0002-1049-2788
Rahimi, MarkORCID iD for Rahimi, Mark orcid.org/0000-0002-9278-3537
Journal name Higher education, skills and workbased learning
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 401
End page 416
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-10-20
ISSN 2042-3896
2042-390X
Keyword(s) work based learning
international students
business students
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on a three-year Australian study of international business and accounting students and the transition to employment. For international students seeking to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive global labour market, foreign work experience is now an integral part of the overseas study “package”. Work-integrated learning (WIL) is seen to provide critical “employability” knowledge and skills, however, international students have low participation rates. The high value placed on WIL among international students poses challenges for Australia as well as opportunities. Understanding the issues surrounding international students and WIL is closely linked to Australia’s continued success in the international education sector which has broad, long-term, social and economic implications.Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws on 59 interviews with a range of stakeholders including international students, universities, government, employers and professional bodies. Central to the paper is an in-depth case study of WIL in the business and accounting discipline at one Australian university.Findings – Providing international students with access to discipline-related work experience has emerged as a critical issue for Australian universities. The study finds that enhancing the employability skills of internationals students via integrated career education, a focus on English language proficiency and “soft skills” development are central to success in WIL. Meeting the growing demand for WIL among international students requires a multipronged approach which hinges on cooperation between international students, universities, employers and government.Originality/value – This project aims to fill a critical knowledge gap by advancing theories in relation to international students and WIL. While there is a significant body of research in the fields of international education and WIL, there is an absence of research exploring the intersection between the two fields. The study will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in both fields by exploring the emerging issue of WIL and international students.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/HESWBL-04-2015-0015
Field of Research 130103 Higher Education
Socio Economic Objective 930103 Learner Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Emerald Publishing Group
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