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Beyond the technical skills: a case for internationalization of graduate attributes in PhD programs


Eri, R and Gudimetla, P and Vemuri, R, Beyond the technical skills: a case for internationalization of graduate attributes in PhD programs, Universal Journal of Educational Research, 7, (3) pp. 766-771. ISSN 2332-3205 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.13189/ujer.2019.070316


Internationalization of curriculum (IoC) has garnered momentum, with many universities around the world now viewing graduate students as global citizens. One aspect of IoC that lacks clarity is the studentsí perception of internationalization of graduate attributes. In this study, we explored graduate studentís perceptions of the graduate attributes that need to be included in the curriculum to become internationalized. Advanced stage PhD students (n = 6) were interviewed about the relevance of internationalization of specific graduate attributes. A set of six specific questions were posed in the interview that was conducted as a group discussion and was recorded and transcribed. 5 out of 6 students observed that schools, faculties, and universities need to sponsor workshops and seminars regularly which will help students absorb attributes such as cultural and religious tolerance, societal awareness, stress management, building resilience which will help them fit well into any work environment. Another important factor was the need for more exchange programs and conference participation that will expose them to different work environments worldwide and help them recognize how their peers approach similar endeavors. Our study offers insights into what aspects of graduate attributes need to be addressed at the faculty and university levels to promote the IoC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:internationalization, graduate attributes, soft skills, exchange programs
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
ID Code:133921
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-07-16
Last Modified:2020-06-12
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