The FRIENDS project aims to Further International Relations Capacities and Intercultural Engagement to Nurture Campus Diversity and to Support Internationalization and Home (Improving Capacity of International Relations and Collaborative Relationships to Protective Care – others at School to Support International Homegrown). The FRIENDS project was built around the concept of Internationalization and Home (IaH) to change the traditional perception of internationalization in the five countries involved in the project: Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. IaH’s belief is based on the assumption that, for many reasons, the largest portion of the student body remains stationary, thus losing access to global knowledge and skills.
The term IaH emerged in the early 2000s and has gained momentum in Europe since its inclusion in the European Higher Education in the World 2013 European policy statement. More and more high schools in the EU have embraced IaH as an institutional policy for internationalization in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning, extra curricular activities, as well as linking local and ethnic cultures group.
For the purpose associated with the project, the term IaH was used and defined in the definition given by Beelen and Jones in 2015, defining IaH as “the purposeful integration of international and intercultural dimensions into the formal and informal curriculum for all the students within the domestic learning environments ”(Beelen & Jones, 2015, p. 12).
If you are committed to intercultural understanding and are interested in learning in different cultures, and can improve global capabilities, focus and follow every step of the journey of learning FRIENDS!