Cross-Border Educators as Diversity Managers

By David Pyvis.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Utilising findings from empirical research undertaken at an Australian offshore campus in Borneo, this paper proposes that new and diverse kinds of student communities are being spawned through cross-border, higher education. Its particular suggestion is that these communities may divide by orientation into ‘local’ students who seek positional advantage in the workforce from cross-border education and ‘foreign’ students who seek self-transformative outcomes such that they develop international outlooks and dispositions. The paper further observes that the different orientations encourage different mediations of the more novel and challenging aspects of cross-border education, whereby those students seeking self-transformative outcomes may be far more likely than those seeking positional outcomes to embrace alien and confronting educational experiences. The paper argues that because of the new kinds of student communities being formed through cross-border, higher education and because of the distinct division in orientation and interpretation of educational experience that can characterise these communities, cross-border educators also need to be diversity managers.

Keywords: Cross-Border Education, International Students, Diversity Management

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.139-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 485.154KB).

Assoc Prof. David Pyvis

Senior Lecturer, Humanities, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr David Pyvis is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Media, Society & Culture at Curtin University of Technology, where he teaches research methods and coordinates various cross-border programs. His research interests lie in international education, research methodology and policy analysis. His current research investigates quality in Australian offshore higher education, with a particular focus on stakeholder perspectives.

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