The Preparation of Students for a Global Career: An Innovative Study Tour Program that provides an Equitable and Inclusive Learning Experience for Students that Advances the Development of their ‘Global Passport’

By Amalia Di Iorio, Paul Cerotti and Joan Richardson.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Educational institutions provide a diverse range of courses and services for students using a myriad of delivery modes. Changes in the higher education cultural environment have altered student expectations. The development of the study tour program demonstrates a proactive response to the massive shift in the expectations of cohorts of fee paying students. “The learning area need not necessarily be enclosed within the school premises.” (Stone, 2004). New cohorts expect “fun, social connection, training, personal development and greater environmental sustainability” (McCrindle, 2006) in the workplace. The study tour program conducted by the College of Business at RMIT University, Australia, was developed to prepare students for the workforce by providing a culturally inspiring international learning. It is structured so as to create capacity for global business understanding and imagination in students. The tour encourages students to investigate and analyse a variety of issues such as working collaboratively in a group setting to achieve a common goal, to the demonstration of cross cultural issues such as individual cultural practices, cross cultural differences in both tertiary education and business practices, and processes of cultural and society studying and living in another culture. This paper outlines requisite capabilities, activities and assessments scheduled for successful study tours across the globe to evaluate the effectiveness of the components. Implementation of a formal survey instrument provides evidence that students develop insights into cultural differences, communicate effectively and embark upon unfamiliar problems. Student feedback continually reinforces the contribution of the study tour program at a number of different levels, personal and professional.

Keywords: Study Tour Program, Global Capabilities, Globalization of the Learning Experience, Cross-Cultural Competencies, Work Ready Graduates

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.89-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.223MB).

Prof. Amalia Di Iorio

Associate Professor, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PhD (RMIT), B Bus (Acc), Dip App Sc (Med Radiography). Amalia is an Associate Professor of International Finance in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. She has extensive teaching experience in the disciplines of economics and finance and is the recipient of a number of teaching awards. In 2007, together with Paul R. Cerotti, she was awarded the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’ and the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Team Teaching Award. Amalia has an international research profile in the area of finance with publications in a number of international journals. She has also presented her papers at several international conferences

Dr. Paul Cerotti

Senior Lecturer, School of Business Information Systems, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vcitoria, Australia

M. Intl. Ed. (Monash) MBIT (RMIT) B. Ed Stds (Monash) Dip Ed (Monash) Grad, Dip, Bus, Stds, (RMIT) BA (Monash). DBA (RMIT) Paul is a Senior Lecturer and the Global Study Tour leader, in the College of Business at RMIT University. Paul has extensive experience in teaching International Business and Globalization. In 2007, together with Amalia Di Iorio, was awarded the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning’. Paul is the recipient of the 2007 the RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Team Teaching Award. Paul’s research interests are in the area of globalization, global capabilities and the world of international business. Paul has presented at numerous international conferences and travelled extensively in Asia and the USA on behalf of RMIT University for teaching and marketing of offshore programs.

Associate Professor Joan Richardson

Senior Lecturer, School of Business Information Systems, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

BAppSci (Canberra University), DipEd (LaTrobe), Med (LaTrobe), PhD (LaTrobe). Joan is a Senior Lecturer, works in the School of Business Information Technology at RMIT University. Joan has worked on University projects aimed at maintaining a leading position in the application of ICT in business and delivering state of the art courses and programs. She led a team that won the RMIT Quality Teaching award in 2000 for development of resources and delivery to the largest first year computing subject. This work has been built on with Pearsons Education Australia to produce texts, Web sites and CDROM’s to support first year undergraduate student learning in Higher Education.

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