Taking advantage of a multicultural campus
In 2014, 24 Type B universities were selected as part of the Top Global University Project (TGU) to act as institutional role models of internationalization in Japan and as gateways for the development of global human resources. In practical terms, TGU funding has encouraged the development of a range of programs promoting diversity and intercultural communication. Three years later, the question arises as to the impact of these programs on the students’ linguistic and intercultural competences.
The presentation will attempt to answer three questions based on the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University case study. First, to what extent do Japanese students take advantage of the multiple opportunities available conducive to language learning and the development of intercultural competence? Second, what do students perceive the impact of these opportunities to be in terms of skill acquisition and development? Finally, how might the students’ views on globalisation and their future goals unconsciously influence their attitude towards interculturality?
Ms. Hofmeyr hopes to challenge the audience to consider how educational institutions can better take advantage of similar programmes in order to prepare students for successfully living and working on the global stage.
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