The Consortium Approach: Utilising Networks for Student Mobility Success

Abstract

As universities face increasing pressure to build their international reputations whilst trying to also meet the needs an increasingly diverse student base, leveraging educational networks to manage these demands has become the foundation of global engagement and mobility strategies. 

Recruitment alliances, multilateral mobility opportunities, and diverse modes of delivery all contribute to deeper and more integrative models allowing institutions to gain ‘more bang for their buck’ by achieving greater outcomes and reach. With reduced resources across the board, servicing individual international partnerships is a challenge in the current landscape, and as such, the consortium approach offers institutions increased access, diversity, and capacity in the mobility space.

This session will examine consortium frameworks employed by leading institutions in Australia with partner organisation IndoGenius in India by providing models of successful partnering of 12 Australian institutions to deliver a ‘first of its kind’ mobility program, Reimagining India, which has been supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program in 2017 and 2018 with over 180 students participating. This program highlights ways exposure to India can support the development of key 21st century skills Australian students will need to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.