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Title: Bridging the Global and the Local? A look at Local-International Student Interaction in Singapore
Keywords: Internationalised Higher Education, Intercultural interaction, Singapore
Issue Date: 3-Aug-2010
Citation: ANNIE WATSON KARMEL (2010-08-03). Bridging the Global and the Local? A look at Local-International Student Interaction in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis is primarily concerned with local-international student interaction in Singapore, and how it is affected by students¿ cultural closeness and the government¿s internationalisation of higher education agenda. It aims to explore the student perspective on internationalisation in Singapore, what types of interactions students are experiencing, and what they are gaining from their intercultural interactions. As there is very little literature on local-international student interactions in Singapore this thesis draws primarily on questionnaire and interview data from students at the National University of Singapore. The information shared by these students suggests that the cultural closeness of local and international students, as well as the government¿s internationalisation agenda, are not helping students have meaningful interactions or gain intercultural skills. This study argues the internationalisation of higher education in Singapore has great potential to provide students with rewarding intercultural experiences, yet this potential is not being realised as students are crossing paths in an environment that is making such rewards difficult to obtain.
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