Internationalisation at Örebro University's School of Health Sciences involves the development of a comprehensive strategy that includes the recruitment of international students, curriculum development, faculty competence development, exchange programmes, and research collaborations. By focusing on these areas, the school aims to (1) improve its global competitiveness, (2) promote cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and (3) provide students and faculty with a truly international education and working environment.
The key elements of the School´s strategy are:
- Curriculum development: Internationalisation work in this area includes designing and evaluating curricula for their relevance and attractiveness to domestic and international students. Programmes are encouraged to review their curricula for international competencies: personal development, intercultural competence, language skills, global engagement, international and transdisciplinary learning. This also includes the development of Internationalisation@home activities, defined as the intentional integration of international and intercultural dimensions into the formal and informal curriculum for all students in the university learning environment. Numerous activities have been developed and supported in the areas of sports science, nursing, occupational therapy, biomedical laboratory technology, audiology, speech therapy, etc.
- Exchange Programmes: Work in this area includes developing sustainable exchange programmes with other schools and universities around the world. This gives students the opportunity to study abroad, gain international experience, and develop intercultural skills. It also provides faculty with the opportunity to teach internationally at all levels (BSc, MSc, and PhD education) and to build strong teaching collaborations and promote the exchange of ideas.
- Collaboration in research: This includes establishing research collaborations with international partners to develop new research projects, joint publications, and the exchange of knowledge and expertise across borders. Research collaborations are based on strategic decisions and preferences of research groups or individual researchers. Start-up funding is available to support strategic international collaborations and activities.
- Recruitment of international students and faculty: One of the main goals of internationalisation work is to attract more international students and faculty to the school. This includes building relationships with international schools and universities, developing recruitment strategies for talented students and staff, participating in international education conferences, etc. The school is an active member of European and international higher education alliances such as NEOLAIA Alliance, Erasmus and Erasmus+, ENM Network, Linnaeus Palme, MIRAI 2.0, etc. and uses these networks for recruitment and strategic decision making.
- Faculty and staff training: Internationalisation includes training and support for faculty and staff to prepare them to work with international students and collaborate with colleagues from around the world. This includes actively sharing training opportunities on intercultural communication and professional development opportunities. Training needs of faculty are discussed at the International Network meetings at the university level.