I recently attended a meeting on “Doctoral education and its contribution to the internationalisation of universities”.
Listening to four very knowledgeable presenters, I found myself at a loss. They gave us a lot of information concerning their situation, but I couldn’t make head or tail of it. It made me ponder on what I would have liked to hear, what would have made the session more meaningful to me. Some possibilities occurred to me:
- I would have liked to get examples of changes to their practice of doctoral education that had made a significant and visible impact on the internationalisation of their university.
- I would have liked to hear examples of missed opportunities they had seen in their university, for doctoral education to contribute to the internationalisation at their university. Preferably with an analysis of the causes for missing the opportunity.
- I would have liked to hear about obstacles in their institution that were preventing or hampering a meaningful contribution to internationalisation by doctoral education. Preferably with some ideas about how to tackle these obstacles.
I would have liked to hear all of this in the clear understanding that different people mean different things by internationalisation, and that different people may want doctoral education to make different kinds of contribution to internationalisation.
O well; the session helped me to think this out, so it was a very useful session for me.