At the heart of this strategy is an understanding of the importance of actively embedding and infusing international, or globally-focused values, into the development and realisation of all aspects of Kent’s activity. In achieving this, it is believed that educational strategy will be better connected with the global context and intercultural competences. These ambitions also respond to the pervasive nature of internationalisation, as it is embedded across each of the three main strands of Research, Education and Engagement, in the University's Institutional Plan.
Vision and guiding principles
The aim of the University of Kent’s Internationalisation Strategy is to embrace and drive forward Kent’s Internationalisation in a dynamic and meaningful manner. The Internationalisation Strategy will further advance the work of its previous iteration in order to enhance and promote Kent’s credentials as an internationally-focused and world-class institution for higher education and research. It will also seek to ensure that Kent continues to serve the needs of its increasingly globally-minded and -positioned stakeholders.
The Strategy is predicated on the understanding that internationalisation represents a virtuous circle for universities. Internationally minded and mobile academics have increased opportunties to create internationally co-authored and globally impactful research, with a greater propensity for high citation impact. Internationally experienced, skilled and aware students are likely to be considered highly employable. Internationally engaged staff and students will raise the profile of the University, attract additional staff and students and yield local, national and international benefits.
Main strategic objectives
In brief, the Internationalisation Strategy’s objectives are to:
- Raise the profile and increase international esteem of the University of Kent and its research
- Embrace, learn from and respond to cultural diversity and embed cross-institutional internationalisation
- Champion and extend the University’s unique position as the UK’s European University
- Further develop and enhance partnerships and networks in the wider international world
- Continue to increase and support international student recruitment
Despite the specific focus of each of the five strategic objectives noted above, cross reference will be required across the set in order to address matters of overlapping significance.
The implementation of our Internationalisation Stratgey is managed through the following mechanisms
- International Strategy Board
- The Internationalisation Strategy Action Plan
- Internationalisation Actions in other upper-level strategies
- School Internationalisation Strategies and related meetings
- Major Sub-Strategies in International Partnerships, International Recruitment and CEWL
- Professional Service Department Action sets
- Regional Strategy Groups
- Faculty and School Internationalisation Directors and related meetings
- The Curriculum Internationalisation Working Party
- The annual Internationalisation Forum
- The monthly Kent Global Newsletter