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Publication details for Professor Peter Atkins

Khan, Amanat Ullah, Hassan, Manzurul & Atkins, Peter J. (2014). International curriculum transfer in geography in higher education: an example. Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38(3): 348-360.

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Internationalization of geography in higher education comes in many guises. This
paper discusses some of these, with particular attention to curriculum development and
transfer. The context is Bangladesh and a case study is presented of a link programme
between three higher education institutions in that country and one in the UK. The
British Council funded project INSPIRE provided funding and organizational support
for a project that lasted 4 years and enabled 22 staff visits from Bangladesh to the UK
and 6 in the other direction. As a result, curricula of 43 teaching modules in the general
area of environmental hazard and risk, environmental change and climate change have
been initiated or revised. While this type of transnational knowledge transfer has its
drawbacks, we argue that there are specific circumstances in which it can work.