Prof. Elspeth Jones
‘When they graduate all students will live and work in an increasingly interconnected, globalised world, both as professionals and as citizens. If we are to solve major global problems the crossing of boundaries using international and intercultural knowledge, communication skills and critical thinking will be essential. It will also require a commitment to ethical practice, global responsibility and an understanding of and respect for cultural others, regardless of their origin. For these and many other reasons, we owe it to our students to offer an internationalised and ‘interculturalised’ curriculum in the relatively safe space for debate represented by higher education.’
Elspeth Jones is Emerita Professor of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK and Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. With over 35 years in international education, her specialisms include personal, professional and employability outcomes from international mobility, strategic leadership, internationalisation of the curriculum at home and abroad, global citizenship and intercultural competence development. She is series editor for Internationalization in Higher Education (Routledge) and winner of the European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) Award for Excellence in Research. She is Chair of the EAIE’s Expert Community on Internationalisation at Home and Visiting Professor at several European universities.
Elspeth has undertaken consultancy, research, training and presentations for universities around the world and for organisations such as the European Commission and European Parliament, British Council, UUK International Unit, the International Association of Universities, Germany’s Hochschulrektorenkonferenz and the International Education Association of Australia. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of CHEI, Milan and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education. She has published widely including the edited and co-edited collections Internationalising Higher Education; Internationalisation and the Student Voice; Global and Local Internationalisation; and The Globalization of Internationalization: Emerging Voices and Perspectives. She tweets as @elspethjones and can be contacted through her website http://elspethjones.com/Home.html.