The Role and Transformation of Residential College as an Internationalisation Hub


Anuar Razak, Mohd Hairul and Abdul Hamid, Nor Huda and Rahmat, Nurhazlini (2019) The Role and Transformation of Residential College as an Internationalisation Hub. International Research Journal of Education and Sciences (IRJES), 3 (1). pp. 1-4. ISSN 2550-2158

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This research focuses on the internalisation of residential college in Malaysia, which is closely linked to globalisation. According to Zaid Ahmad (2006), globalisation creates a hub of dependency and sharing between countries. In this regard, internationalisation is linked to activities involving participation in the international environment and involvement with various parties in the quality educational settings. For instance, Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015 - 2025 (Higher Education) through its Shift 8 has emphasised on the roles that students can play in the enhancement of knowledge, capability of innovation, as well as the cultivation of first-class mind. The willingness to accept and openness are the two fundamental elements in the concept of internationalisation. With the opening of new markets, through innovative programmes and collaborations, the number of international students in Malaysia is expected to rise to 250,000 by 2025 (The Guardian, 2014). Therefore, students’ development requires a comprehensive and balanced approach that consolidates scientific, academic and strategic managements. This is when the residential colleges play their roles in providing additional assistance in sustaining the expansion of internationalisation. Through the integration of local and international students’ involvement and residential colleges’ staff supporting roles, all parties involved will gain the privilege to learn and share knowledge from each other while establishing international cooperation. As mentioned by Nye, Joseph S. Jr. (1991), Malaysia needs to be more involved in its international relations as this is crucial for the establishment of a new dimension in the national education system. As we are aware, the internationalisation of education sector and the development of the education hub have become a new global trend. Thus, the competition becomes increasingly high. Therefore, in this paper, the authors discuss several aspects that can be considered in the establishment of residential colleges as a hub of internationalisation, which are: 1. The willingness to accept foreign students amongst residential college’s students and staff. 2. The stability of financial provision. 3. The transformation of education and planning of activities. 4. The training and empowerment of students and management staff 5. The international network and collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internationalisation, residential college management, globalisation, educational hub, educational transformation, mobility and exchange programme
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Communication (FAC)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 02:11
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 02:11


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