Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

CHEI at European Conference on Educational Research

 10 September 2018

Last week’s European Conference on Educational Research in Bolzano saw active participation by CHEI and affiliated faculty.

In line with the conference theme of inclusion and exclusion, Amanda Murphy, the Director of CHEI, presented a paper on ‘collaborating across continents’ in which she problematized the philosophy and methodology behind transnational higher education programmes. As a specific example, she focused on the challenges and opportunities provided by the innovative work that the ALTIS graduate business school at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has been undertaking in various countries in Africa. ALTIS and its E4Impact foundation have been exporting an adaptive model of an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship for some years, providing academics on site so that the teaching, learning and research all take place ‘at home’.

Another session fell within the subsection on ‘planning international curricula in higher education for multilingual and multicultural contexts’ and was presented by CHEI affiliated faculty Francesca Costa and Olivia Mair, adjunct professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. As part of the higher education internationalisation process, most universities offer programmes fully or partly delivered in English, in practice the lingua franca for international classes. The challenges of English L2 speakers operating in EMI are varied and can greatly influence whether teaching and learning are successful in that environment. The two academics presented on their research into approaches and styles used by EMI lecturers, and their resulting conclusions regarding key competences and best practice.