Higher Education Policy

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 429–435 | Cite as

Intercultural Dialogue in Action within the University Context: A Case Study

  • Millicent Poole
Case Study


Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a strong commitment to internationalization and intercultural dialogue. Initially driven through a need to find additional revenue sources, international student recruitment is now valued for the diversity it brings to our student body. In the Australian context, dialogue with indigenous peoples is particularly important, and ECU has been actively working with the indigenous community to extend educational opportunities to this severely disadvantaged group. This paper describes some of the practical strategies which the University has put in place to increase intercultural dialogue and explores some of the issues still to be resolved.


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Further Reading

  1. Asmar, C., Proude, E. and Inge, L. (2004) ‘Unwelcome sisters? An analysis of findings from a study of how Muslim women (and Muslim men) experience university’, Australian Journal of Education 48 (1): 47–63.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Ramburuth, P. and McCormick, J. (2001) ‘Learning diversity in higher education: a comparative study of Asian and Australian students’, Higher Education 42: 333–350.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Wright, S. and Lander, D. (2003) ‘Collaborative group interactions of students from two ethnic backgrounds’, Higher Education Research & Development 22 (3): 237–252.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© International Association of Universities 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Millicent Poole
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  1. 1.Edith Cowan UniversityJoondalupAustralia

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