International relations

The school’s international strategy is multidimensional (including research, education, staff and student exchange, and joint programs) aiming to promote diversity and championing the school’s reputation as a leader in teacher education, social work and social policy education in all levels of tertiary education. It is aligned with the University’s strategic goals of prioritising engagement with specific regions to develop institutional partnerships and offer opportunities for students to develop as global citizens.

The school has an Associate Dean International and Alumni, as well as an International committee, both of which recommend strategies and priorities to the School Leadership Group. Close cooperation is ongoing between the school and the University’s Office of Global Engagement, the China Studies Centre and the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

While considering the University’s identified regions for engagement, the school has prioritised regions and research-intensive institutions with which to partner that provide programs in teacher-education as well as social work. These partnerships include research collaborations, research training, staff and student exchanges, and joint programs.

The following countries are the school’s current top priorities: China, Taiwan, Indonesia (2015 ongoing), India and the Middle East (2016 and then ongoing), Europe and South America (2017 and then ongoing). In addition to the priority regions, the school acknowledges that a number of individual academics have relationships and work collaboratively with colleagues across the world.