Overseas Students in Higher Education: Issues in Teaching and Learning

Overseas Students in Higher Education: Issues in Teaching and Learning

Overseas Students in Higher Education: Issues in Teaching and Learning

Overseas Students in Higher Education: Issues in Teaching and Learning


Higher education institutions are increasingly concerned with the quality of their teaching and learning experiences they provide for students, including the increasing number from overseas. In this text, some of the leading authorities in the field bring together current research and sound practical advice on the provision of quality teaching and learning for overseas students. The text represents a wide range of overseas students' experiences from the Pacific Rim, China and the European Community.


David McNamara and Robert Harris

The United Kingdom's higher education system has changed dramatically during the past decade. Government has decreed that the life and work of universities and colleges should become increasingly accountable to public scrutiny. The system must demonstrate that public funds are used responsibly and effectively to promote high quality teaching and research. Increasingly funding for both research and teaching is being linked to the quality of provision. Institutions are being encouraged to rely less exclusively upon funding sourced from taxation and to seek other means of raising their income by becoming more entrepreneurial within the wider educational marketplace.

It is the pressures upon higher education which, in part, provide the impetus for this book. One of the distinctive ways in which institutions are aiming to expand their activities and increase their income is by developing significantly the courses that they offer for overseas students. There have been dramatic increases in the numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students within the system. As this aspect of university and college activity has burgeoned it has become apparent that the quality of the teaching and learning offered to overseas students must be maintained and enhanced and also become subject to audit. The central aim of this book is to draw upon the developing literature, expertise and experience which focus upon the delivery of courses for overseas students and to offer a useful resource for those academic staff who have a measure of responsibility for teaching and sustaining the quality of overseas students' learning experiences. In addition, it is hoped that the book will be of interest to overseas students who are contemplating or embarking upon programmes of study in the United Kingdom.

The expansion in overseas students numbers has been noteworthy during the past decade. In 1973 there were 35,000 international students in HEs in the UK. This was followed by a decline in the early 1980s, and by dramatic growth in the early 1990s so that by 1992 numbers had risen to 95,000 (CVCP 1995a: 2.2). This increase can be accounted for by a . . .

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