The aim of this activity is to pair employees involved in providing services to international academics in a mentoring relationship to foster professional development and career growth while building an inclusive culture and diverse networks.
Improved skills and knowledge
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The mentoring programme can be designed as an independent initiative targeting support staff of international offices or as a sub-programme of a broader institutional mentorship programme for employees.
In both cases, the mentoring programme design should clarify the following aspects:
The mentoring pair will determine the structure, goals, and outcomes for the mentoring cycle (mentoring plan). However, some overarching goals may include, increasing specific job knowledge in supporting international academics, enhance professional skills, and/or establish networking opportunities.
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@Other HEIs/research organisations in city/region - the mentoring programme could be designed in partnership with other partner high education institutions that face similar needs in providing personalised assistance to international academics.
The mentoring pair follows the mentoring plan developed in the beginning of the mentoring experience. It is advisable for the IRO and HR department to assess the outcomes of the entire mentoring programme on an annual basis.
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@Other HEI/research organisation in city/region - in case, the mentoriship programme is designed in collaboration with a partner higher education institution, the delivery and supervision of the programme will need to be coordinated with a partner.
The Professional Staff Mentoring Scheme is administered centrally to match applicants, provide training, provide on-going support and evaluate the success of the scheme. Since the beginning, the scheme has attracted many positive comments from participants (mentors & mentees), who have developed personally and professionally through the mentoring. Rich experience has been gained from taking part, and achievements have increased.