'Internationalisation at home' bij het Friesland College

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Gepubliceerd op: 7 september 2020

Hoe kunnen Nederlandse en buitenlandse studenten in bijzondere tijden óók internationaal samenwerken? Gabriella Lemos, Braziliaanse student psychologie en stagiair van het International Office van het Friesland College, deelt tips voor 'internationalisation at home'!

"Keeping in contact with people, improving skills, having fun and creating new interests are always valuable experiences"

"During the year of 2020, the FC International Office team has been drawing a collaboration with the Keuzedeel Internationalisering en Internationaal Recht, aiming at the development of international mindset and skills for the students. Currently, the main tool used by the International Office team to keep the project going and staying in contact with the students is the e-workshop, weekly online meetings on Teams where inspiring methodologies are offered to expand the international aspects of education.

Considering that the FC International Office believes in the importance of Internationalization in the development of personal, social and professional skills, the International Office team, formed by Gabriella Lemos, Juhair Mahtab, Anne Bloembergen and Jiunn Der Liu, Dutch and International NHL students under the supervision of Elena Barison (trainee of the International Office) and Sabine Schroten (Head of the International Office), has been dedicated to make collaborations with teachers as a means of exploring with the students the potential of Internationalization in different subjects.

Therefore, the partnership with the Keuzedeel Internationalisering en Internationaal Recht has been a really special collaboration. Gabrielle Copini, the project leader, is enthusiastic about the connection between both areas, which makes it a powerful scenario when combined with the creativity and ambition of the students. Four e-workshops have already been held on ways to optimize your time, the importance of LinkedIn profiles, the Human Rights in an international setting and the influence of an International education on the professional future. At the same time, new approaches are also an essential tool used to make the e-workshops captivating, like games, quizzes, debates and tutorials.

"The efforts to offer an international aspect on students’ education on a high level come from a real belief in this knowledge as an essential individual, community and social exercise."

Gabriella Lemos, stagiair Friesland College Inernationaal

The efforts to offer an international aspect on students’ education on a high level come from a real belief in this knowledge as an essential individual, community and social exercise. The humanitarian value of internationalization is a real social skill that provides constructive and respectful relationships between people, not limiting for people from different cultures, but also on a community level, where dealing with the difference is always requested. The gains in professional life are also a point that must be highlighted. To more and more, the market is expanding itself around the world, valuing language skills and experiences abroad and looking for global standpoints from entrepreneurs and employees.

But even during these awkward times? Ja! The FC International Team appreciates that going on the group activities is really important in this scenario. Keeping in contact with people, improving skills, having fun and creating new interests are always valuable experiences, besides they are also a good exercise to maintain a good mental health. The feeling of investing your time in yourself and discovering your own capabilities, no matter if they are related to science, arts or whatever, are great means of keeping positive and hopeful. If we combine them with human values and care for others, we can do a great job.

The International Office Team is here to support students in their development and we believe we can do a lot together!"

Dit artikel is geschreven door Gabriella Lemos, Braziliaanse student psychologie en stagiair van het International Office van het Friesland College (Friesland College Internationaal).