Managing Overseas Programme Delivery: The Impact of Pedagogical Diversity

By Heather Clay and Philip Frame.

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.349-358. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.290MB).

Dr. Heather Clay

Associate Dean, Business School, Middlesex University, London, UK

Dr. Heather Clay is Associate Dean for Academic Development at Middlesex University Business School. She is responsible for the development of academic provision within the Business Schooland developing new collabrative links in the UK and overseas. Heather’s first degree is an LLB from London University and this was followed by an MA in Higher and Professional Education from the Institute of Education. She subsequently completed a DProf in Higher Education Management which focussed on the globalisation of higher education and off-shore delivery of UK education.

Dr. Philip Frame

Director, Workbased Learning Programmes, Business School, Middlesex University, London, London, UK

Dr. Philip Frame is Director of Work Based Learning Programmes at the Business School. He is both a Middlesex and a National Teaching Fellow. He is a Principal Lecturer in Organisational Development, and is based in the Human Resource Management Department. Philip’s first degree in Social Anthropology was followed by eight years with the Race Relations Board. He subsequently obtained an MSc in Organisational Development and a PhD in Management Studies. He is a Fellow of both the R.S.A and the Higher Education Academy, and is co-chair of S.E.D.A.’s publishing committee. He has provided staff development workshops and published on student induction, work based learning, managing diversity and business ethics.


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