Diversity and Community in Australian Transnational Higher Education

By Anne Chapman.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper considers issues of diversity and community in Australian higher education as it becomes increasingly globalised and internationalised. As globalisation transforms higher education through market competition, universities worldwide are responding through internationalising all facets of their research and education. The development by many universities of export-oriented ‘transnational’ programmes, where students are located in a different country to the institution providing their course, is part of this response. Within this context, learning communities are becoming more diverse as different populations of students in different locations experience different modes of programme delivery. This paper draws on research into student experiences of transnational programmes offered by Australian universities in Southeast Asia. The focus of the paper is on how these students negotiate difference and diversity in their learning communities. In particular, strategies for constructing an international identity, gaining membership of the learning community, ‘fitting in’ to a diverse ethnic and cultural student cohort, and negotiating the competing roles of family, work and study are identified.

Keywords: Diversity, Community, Transnational Education, Higher Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.27-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 522.055KB).

Anne Chapman

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A., Australia

Anne Chapman teaches in the areas of qualitative research methods in education, youth culture, and language and literacies. She is involved in the design and delivery of masters and doctoral level transnational programmes. Her main research interests are in the areas of the internationalisation of higher education and the social semiotics of classroom learning. Her current research focuses on the dynamics of educational communities and student identity in the context of the internationalisation of Australian universities.


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