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Friday, March 16 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Researching the Impact of Internationalized Learning and Experience on Students

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We propose a presentation of our enhanced, two-year research on the effect of an internationalized education on future employment. Recent studies have revealed that students with international exposure fair well culturally and socially in society. Other studies demonstrate how an international experience lead to better overall academic performance. But there is insufficient, significant research on the economic impact of internationalization at higher education institutions on alumni. The purpose of this research was to study the link between campus internationalization and alumni success. Queens College, the City University of New York, was used as a case study. The primary source of data collection was from an online survey submitted to a random sample of 524 graduates of Queens College from the last twenty years (1995-2016). Data was collected on the economic effects of internationalization and the effects of integrating global dimensions into postsecondary education. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.  Our results provided overwhelming evidence that, out of all international exposure opportunities, a globalized curriculum had the most significant economic effect in terms of employment status and wage.  We benchmarked this data against other universities and inferred successful methods of internationalization beyond campus. Therefore, by exploring this research, we were able to augment Queens College’s strategic policy to enhance campus-wide participation in the work of internationalization and illustrate how practice was related to real-world success.

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Schiro Withanachchi

Lecturer, Queens College, City University of New York
Schiro has lived abroad in locations from Asia to the Middle East. After an early career working for Lockheed Martin (Aircraft) Corporation, she transitioned to teaching in higher education. Her 15 years of teaching has involved innovative pedagogy using globalized curriculums and... Read More →

Friday March 16, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Great Hall FIT Conference Venue