Building Internationalisation in Pakistan

Whilst trends in internationalisation continue to develop, moving from recruitment of international students to outward mobility and more recently to internationalisation at home, Pakistan’s involvement on the global stage has been limited to the outward mobility of students, transnational education programmes and international research collaboration involving a small pool of internationally ranked universities. The majority of HE staff and students are still receiving little to no international experience in Pakinstan. By adopting a comprehensive approach to internationalisation, the B-International capacity building program will have significant impact on several areas of Pakistan’s higher education system by internationalising research and accessing funding, increasing international partnerships, internationalisation of the curriculum, helping create support structures for international students on campus, and providing international experiences for all to build global soft skills. The B-International project will begin with training on internationalisation and strategy development for key people within the partner HEIs, it will then work to provide an “induction” for all staff on concepts and practicalities of internationalisation and online learning on subject areas such as TNE, Bologna Processes and developing international partnerships for collaboration, which will be targeted at all staff and will build comprehensive knowledge. Students and staff will benefit from international experiences through the development of on-campus programmes for intercultural exchange and international skills development, improving graduate employability and building an internationally connected network. Equipment will be provided to support the development of the training programme and to enable international connections. This will be collated into a toolkit which will be used also at national level.