Internationalization and International Studies

Internationalization – through networking and mobilities – allows being part of developments and discussions surrounding international trends in education in general, and with regard to the globalization of education and learning. Through the practice of spatial mobility, internationalization thus promotes a «circulation of knowledge in knowledge spaces» and is conceptualized by a «mobilities of education» approach.

Introduction

Universities and schools are exposed to the dynamics of globalization and international education. Universities of Teacher Education are concerned with the implementation and critical reception of international educational standards and pursue international trends in education, such as the digitalization of education and research, or the claim to concentrate more on the local area while at the same time adapting learning to highly mobile population groups. For this reason, UTE Lucerne is committed to integrating the institution and its members into international knowledge spaces, collective learning, free circulation of knowledge, sustainable networking, exchanges with institutions from the Global South and global and socio-spatial learning. International Studies contribute to global and socio-spatial learning, international development projects and research on mobilities of education.


Studies

Within the framework of International Studies, students from UTE Lucerne as well as foreign students from partner universities can profit of various offers on topics of global and social-spatial learning.

Offers of the International Office

  • Mobility semester at a foreign partner institution or a university of Western Switzerland or Ticino
  • Preparatory module on the topic of global and social-spatial learning for mobility students
  • Four to eight-week teaching internship abroad
  • International educational congresses for students
  • Summer and winter schools of foreign partner universities
  • Courses in English with an international perspective and on topics of Global Learning (Education for Sustainable Development, Human Rights Education)

International Office

The International Office is in charge of mobility programmes and facilitates exchanges for students, lecturers and research staff from Switzerland, Europe and overseas, as well as developing countries. The programmes also include study trips and joint research projects.


Internationalization strategy

The Executive Department of International Relations, Mobility and Cooperation is responsible for the development and implementation of the internationalization strategy. Internationalization of PH Lucerne is not reduced to target orientation, but is developed along the lines of relational internationalization. Internationalization is therefore working on participation in supra -regional knowledge spaces and knowledge circulation processes. Internationalization thus serves:

  1. Institutional and collective learning, knowledge diversification and free circulation of knowledge
  2. The integration of the institution and its members into international knowledge spaces
  3. The development of specific competencies (intercultural competence, differentiation competence) as well as the development of global experiences (global learning)
  4. Promoting foreign language competence
  5. Networking, cooperation and socio-spatial learning
  6.  To promote the development of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within the framework of cooperation with the institutions of the Global South
  7. The exploration of educational globalization as well as global learning at university school level
  8. The enhancement of the attractiveness of UTE Lucerne for employees and students

Kontakt

Director of Executive Department of International Relations
Brigitte Kürsteiner
MSc
Pfistergasse 20
6003 Luzern
brigitte.kuersteiner@phlu.ch
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