Reviewing and Improving Multi-campus Units in an International and Intercultural University

Gary WILLIAMS
Stenden University, Qatar
GWilliams@stenden.edu.qa

Robert COELEN
Stenden University, Qatar
RCoelen@stenden.edu.qa

Abstract

Stenden University has campuses in Leeuwarden, Emmen, Groningen, Meppel and Assen in the Netherlands, and Doha (Qatar), Bangkok (Thailand), Port Alfred (South Africa) and Bali (Indonesia). At Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) 40 staff of 24 nationalities work with 450 students of 40 nationalities. This showcase reports on the first phase of adapting and implementing A Handbook for Reviewing and Improving Multi-campus Units for use in this international and intercultural setting. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is central to the teaching and learning approach. The 190-page handbook, first discussed at HERDSA 2013, was an outcome of an OLT-funded project between three partner institutions - the University of Tasmania, Monash University and The University of Newcastle.

This showcase reports on the adaption, based on observations, surveys and workshops, of the Handbook and its implementation at SUQ. Refinements and additions to the following sixteen delivery aspects are presented: Communication and collaboration, Administration, Staffing profiles, Academic staff role balance, Leadership and management, Unit content, Learning opportunities and resources, On-campus teaching and learning spaces, Assessment, Policy and procedures, Student profiles, Inter-campus diplomacy, Campus culture, External community and surroundings, Multi-use campuses and Reliability of technology. The modified self-diagnostic tool will be available to conference attendees for adaptation and use in their contexts.

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