Facultad de Educación
The University of Murcia (UMU) of the third millennium has the following distinctive features: It is a University that seeks excellence in teaching, research and management. An institution that takes care of the future professionals studying at it. A young, dynamic, vibrant and still growing university. An entrepreneurial and innovative university. An autonomous and open university. A modern and effective university using the most advanced information and communication methods in its activities. A University with a strong social commitment. A University that sees new opportunities and challenges in the social transformations. A University with international projection and without borders.
However, it is also a university that does not abandon its original values, its reason for being. A meeting point combining knowledge of different backgrounds and cultures, a forum seeking the Universitas materialised in a necessary international projection responding to the current information and communication society within the context of globalisation at the dawn of the twenty-first century (see http://www.um.es/web/universidad/contenido/resultados/cifras#datos).
The Faculty of Education of the UMU is the largest Faculty of our University. In the course 2015-16, there are some 5550 students (approximately 4700 undergraduate students, 700 graduate students and 150 PhD students), 350 lecturers and 30 members of the administration and service staff (PAS).
Due to the nature of the studies taught at our Faculty, some of the main objectives are promotion of critical thinking; a culture of freedom, justice, equality and solidarity; transmission of the ethical, civic and social principles of any democratic society; respect diversity and differences, etc. In order to achieve them, we all agree that internationalisation and interculturality are tools to be implemented.
Four Official Undergraduate Degrees are provided in our Faculty:
- Primary Education,
- Preschool Education,
- Social Education,
The Faculty of Education also offers the following Master's Degrees, all of which are official Postgraduate Degrees and have been validated by ANECA (Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation):
- Research and Innovation in Preschool and Primary Education;
- Education and Museums: Heritage, Identity and Cultural Mediation;
- Musical Research;
- Educational Technology: E-learning and Knowledge Management;
- Family Guidance, Counselling and Mediation;
- Social and Educational Inclusion and Exclusion: Policies, Programmes and Practices;
- Research, Evaluation and Quality in Education;
- Training of Teachers in Compulsory Secondary and Upper Secondary Education, Vocational Training, Language
- Bilingual Education in English for Primary Education.
The Faculty offers also the Doctoral Programme in Education. This Programme is managed by the International Doctoral School, the University centre administratively managing Doctoral Programmes taught at the UMU. The students can choose among these lines:
- Policies, practices and evaluation in training and socio-educational contexts.
- Quality and intervention in the teaching-learning process: from disability to high abilities
- Research for the improvement of education in specific didactics
More information can be found at http://www.um.es/web/educacion/contenido/estudios
The Faculty of Education is one of the most active centres in national and international relations within the UMU. This is shown by the high number of agreements, own mobility programmes and collaboration projects started and developed by the Faculty. We have signed agreements with the universities set out in Annex 5.1.
For us, internationalisation is not a single and universal process. On the one hand, it is difficult to standardize the expectations in internationalisation of very different stakeholders, such as companies and the University. It is not easy either to match the expectations of the Faculty of Chemistry with the ones of the Faculty of Economics. The objectives of the institutions or the studies, the training needs of their workers or their students, the scope and the context where they perform or must perform their work are very different (MECD, 2014; De Wit, 2015). Therefore, they require different processes. Besides, we believe that internationalisation or interculturality processes cannot focus only on students and graduates, leaving aside the teaching staff and the administration and services Staff (PAS). Without any doubt, these processes should include actions for students and graduates, but it is also necessary to meet the needs of other groups. In our opinion, the best idea would be to create an "internationalisation environment", where all the actions can be integrated.
Internationalising a university is much more than just increasing the language skills of the different groups (lecturers, students and PAS), studying abroad or having many international students (De Wit, 2011). It means knowing the language but also the history, customs, way of living, traditions, location and culture of other people and nations. It also implies exchanges, sharing, cooperation, solidarity, commitment, etc. It means benefiting from the opportunities offered by other contexts to meet our own needs. It implies listening to what others need and helping them solve their problems, if possible. It refers to being aware of what we have and sharing it. It means adapting what we do to the social challenges and demands, which are increasingly more global and universal. It means being a local citizen and a citizen of the world at the same time. At the moment, internationalisation and interculturality form a single paradigm (Morey, 2000; Mc Fadden et al., 2009).
Finally, we think that internationalisation programmes and projects should not be imposed "from the top management". A centre is not international just because their senior management teams "decide so" or just because higher ranking regulations establish it. The models must arise "from a bottom-up approach". Internationalisation and interculturality programmes and projects must be the result of collective sensitivity, of shared feelings, of a common project, and of a history of relationships and partnerships, which will include and integrate actions of many people and for a long time. Members of the community wishing to do so ought to contribute with their ideas and experiences, endorse the model and feel that they really are part of it. Therefore, our Faculty has its own Internationalisation and Interculturality Plan.