Soonish, I will be giving a lecture on UK higher education to a large group of international students who come from Saudi Arabia, China, Iraq, Iran, France, Kuwait, Jordan, South Korea, Egypt, Brazil, Kazakstan, and more.
These students are mainly postgraduates, mostly in their mid-twenties, many have young children, and, generally, they have conditional EAP offers (English for Academic Purposes) to study Masters and PhDs in a range of disciplines, including: International Law, Chemistry, Philosophy, Nanotechnology, Immunology, Public Administration, Contemporary Chinese Studies, Business and Culture, Education, Theology, and Psychology.
I feel a great sense of responsibility.
With this post, I am therefore hoping to garner additional ideas, references, and suggestions from interested and experienced readers so that what I say to these young adults is not exclusively born of my experiences, understandings, and orientations.
Therefore, given the audience profile above, I am addressing this post to:
- students (any discipline, secondary and tertiary, any nationality, age, social background): what would you want to know from a lecture on Higher Education in the UK (past, present, and future)?
- academics, researchers, lecturers, professors: what would you want such a generation of students to know, knowing they could be on your Masters and PhD programmes?
- parents: if your child were in the audience, what would you want them to know? And if you were in the audience, what would you want to know?
- academic writing teachers, lecturers, researchers: what should I tell them about writing in the academy?
- administrators, student services, international officers: what does a young, educated, international student need to know about your procedures and practices?
I’d love to hear from you either in the comments to this post, by tweet @serenissimaj or @EAPTutorJM, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending on how this crowd-sourcing goes and on how the lecture turns out, I’ll write another post with an update, acknowledgements, slides, etc. I’ll also keep replies anonymous (if you want me to).