Title: Programme directors’ attitudes towards EMI quality assurance : an exploratory study
Authors : Studer, Patrick
Gautschi, Curtis
Proceedings: Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education: Perspectives on Professional Practice. Selected Papers from the IV International Conference Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education 2015
Pages : 227
Pages to: 248
Conference details: IV International Conference Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education 2015, Brüssel, 2.-4. September 2015
Editors of the parent work: Valcke, J.
Wilkinson, R.
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Peter Lang
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Frankfurt a. Main
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Internationalisation; EMI quality assurance; Language policy in higher education; Programme directors
Subject (DDC) : 378: Higher education
Abstract: Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Switzerland have been developing strong international profiles in recent years, aiming to make themselves attractive partners on the international higher education market. This move towards internationalisation of teaching has led to the implementation of manifold curricular structures and policies that offer support to and reward both teachers and students involved in international higher education contexts. While these structures and policies undoubtedly have their local merits, no overarching quality guidelines have been established to date that provide higher education institutions with concrete parameters they should aim for when implementing international profiles in their programmes. In the present study, we examine decision-making in higher education with regard to English-Medium Instruction (EMI) quality measures. This is carried out by investigating the perspectives of programme directors (hereafter referred to as PDs) in a major Swiss university of applied sciences. These actors have decisional authority regarding the introduction of measures with respect to EMI at the programme level, but are also part of the higher-level institutional culture where institution-wide or inter-institutional measures can be introduced. Specifically, the present study examines PDs' attitudinal repertoires and department-specific factors that impact their attitudes towards the potential introduction of EMI quality measures in their study programmes. The findings of this paper contribute to a broader understanding of stakeholder perceptions of EMI quality in higher education, for the purpose of developing sustainable programmes of EMI quality assurance.
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
Publication type: Conference Paper
DOI : 10.3726/978-3-653-07263-1
ISBN: 978-3-631-70693-0
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/10739
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