Roads to Research with Dr. Juana Du and Dr. Terry Mughan

12:00PM to 1:00PM October 17, 2018
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Integration of international students in the university and the workplace: an international study in 8 countries (ISE)

This session will report on a study carried out under the auspices of the Royal Roads University Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Fund in 2017/18. It will then describe how that study has evolved into a comparative international study in eight countries and the challenges involved in mounting and running a network of voluntary researchers.

There is a growing body of literature in Canada and elsewhere looking at social and cultural processes of settlement and integration of international students into host-country universities and communities. This is particularly relevant to migration policies which favor long-term settlement and employment, as is the case most notably in Canada where government aspirations are encountering a range of obstacles and are not reaching retention targets. We decided to investigate this phenomenon from the point of view of students themselves using a mixed method approach. Key findings of the study will be presented and discussed.

In co-designing this study, Drs Mughan and Du shared its key questions and objectives with their respective academic networks in the fields of intercultural communication and language. They received much enthusiastic feedback from fellow scholars and decided to form a voluntary network of researchers in other countries to take the investigation onto an international level. The second part of this R2R session will describe the formation of this network and the challenges encountered, as well as the excitement of sharing and addressing problems, concepts and processes across different national and perceptual lenses.

Cookies & coffee will be provided.

Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.