International EducationAcademic Hospitality ModelAcademic Hospitality GuidelinesTraining Modules

Guidelines & Training

Best practice model, guidelines and training material for cultural, academic and social well-being of international students.

International Education and AcHopInt

Enhancing academic hospitality in higher education institutions

According to UNESCO’s latest data, there are over 4.8 million international students around the world. Eurostat 2016 data shows that there are at least 1.6 million international students undertaking their higher education in EU Member States. The EU supports education and training activities of Member States in several aspects (eg.Erasmus + mobility program, European Structural and Investment Funds, The Education and Training Monitor) Also education and training are a critical focus of the EU’s broader socio-economic agenda included in the Europe 2020 strategy. The European Education Area that the EU is also helping to build, aim to strength educational outcomes and learning mobility, promote common values.

EU strategies and efforts relating to international education in ET 2020, especially based on mobility and education system (eg.bologna process and ECTS system) and administrative system (eg.european student card).In consideration of increasing number of international students in Europe, AcHopInt contributes to the social, cultural and academic achievement needs of international students. The AcHopInt project is specifically developed for providing academic hospitality in higher education institutions and try to fill the gap in this area. Beside the great efforts of EU concerning the future of internationalization of higher education in Europe, AcHopInt takes another step by enhancing academic hospitality in higher education institutions in both academic and non-academic aspects.

Academic Hospitality Model — coming soon

The Academic Hospitality Model offers a multidimensional process to understand and achieve academic hospitality in higher education institutions. The phases of the model are:

Phase 1 — International Education Survey Analysis
This comprehensive survey includes three main target groups. International students survey will include measuring academic achievement, psychological well being and sociocultural distress levels of international students and find out whether these is a relationship between intercultural conflicts of them. Academic Staff Survey includes measuring efficiency and suitability of teaching methods, classroom management and communication skills of academicians towards international students. Non Academic Staff Survey includes measuring their relationships with international students.

Phase 2 — Training the trainers
The basic ToT model is included in the Academic Hospitality Model. The aim of this phase is to engage master trainers in the model. There will be three master trainer group: for academic staff, for non academic staff and for coaches.

Phase 3 — Workshops for Academic and Non Academic staff and Coaches
The trainers that experienced in Phase 2 will be the trainer of this stage. The workshops for academic staff will have three aspects: cultural, academic and social. The main topics of the workshops will be the classroom management and learning difficulties of international students. Some teaching models (blended and flipped learning) will be advised to academic staff that will enhance the academic success of international students. Also assessment and examination procedures of international students and counselling opportunities will be discussed. The workshops for non academic staff will be mainly based on problem solving against their administrative and daily problems that they face in the campus. Also the coaches of International Coaching System will be trained on this phase.

Phase 4 — Generating Outputs of Academic Hospitality Model
The output of the Academic Hospitality Model will be providing a Guideline for Academic and non Academic Staff in higher education institutions to follow while facing the problems about international students. This written guideline will include academic, cultural and social advises based on organizational behaviour culture and how to apply and sustain the academic hospitality in higher education institutions.

Academic Hospitality Guidelines for Academic and non Academic Staff — coming soon

Guidelines for Academic and non Academic Staff in higher education institutions aims to follow while facing the problems about international students. This written and digital guideline will include academic, cultural and social advises based on organizational behavior culture and how to apply and sustain the academic hospitality in higher education institutions. This innovative guideline will contribute higher education institutions to enhance their international education and hospitality quality. This output will have a strong impact on several target and sub-target groups. Academicians, non academic staff as well as directors of higher education institutions will highly benefit from this guideline. Main content of the guideline is as follows:


GUIDELINES FOR ACADEMIC STAFF


GUIDELINES FOR NON ACADEMIC STAFF

International student’ lifecycle

Administrative support

Teaching international students

International Student Barometer

Strategies for enhancing students’ learning

Communicative Strategies

Classroom management

Crisis management

International students’ learning needs

Intercultural competences

Training Modules

The training modules of AcHopInt will be developed to present in workshops for target groups ( for training academic and non academic staff ). The training modules will be loaded on the Acahos Online Platform for open access. These large scale training modules will include significant issues in international higher education that is useful for academic and non academic staff. The training modules have a strong transferability potential. They will be designed with a structure that can be internationally used and benefited.