Policy Representations of International Students in the UK
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This chapter reviews policy representations of international students in the UK, evoking imperial echoes, which in later years translated into constructions of international students as people who are educationally and culturally inferior. Two key arguments are made in relation to the role of the TEF in changing these constructions. The first one posits that if the TEF does not include a new metric assessing the type of teaching that will ‘obligate’ universities to realise international students as democratic ‘equals’, their status quo as ‘inferiors’ will be maintained. The second argument asserts that through this new metric, the TEF could create opportunities for assessments of internationalisation that are distanced from historical and socio-political influences that have produced uneven lines of global connection at universities which are revealed in the extracts from student interviews cited towards the end of the chapter.
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