This paper explores the issues associated with delivering degree programs developed in one country, the United Kingdom, and delivered in a range of different cultural milieu. The investigation of this area is of increasing significance as Universities worldwide enter into a various relationships with overseas partners. These can include franchise arrangements, validated programs, distance learning and the establishment of a campus. After identifying the range of such arrangements, our initial discussion will focus on three case studies: 1) a campus in Dubai offering several degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level; 2) a franchise arrangement in China for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees where students complete the final year in the UK;
3) a franchise in Hong Kong for the whole undergraduate degree.
We will highlight cross national management of such arrangements and the pedagogic diversity that is revealed: including the debate whether to treat learners as cultural objects (different cultures learn in different ways) or as individuals with a range of learning styles, and secondly whether we are engaged in cultural imperialism. We then report on the experience of staff in these three fora and suggest future developments.
|Keywords:||Culture, Pedagogic Diversity, Overseas Program Delivery, Cultural Imperialism|
Associate Dean, Business School, Middlesex University, London, UK
Director, Workbased Learning Programmes, Business School, Middlesex University, London, London, UK
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