Benefits of having foreign lecturers or guest lecturersChen Wan Lim
Malaysia’s diverse culture and education system allow for a multicultural pool of teaching staff at universities. Having a range of lecturers from different backgrounds and nationalities make Malaysia an ideal destination for tertiary education amongst international students. While having foreign lecturers can add international exposure to the teaching process, having guest lecturers can add in-depth expertise towards the learning experience. Here’s how students can benefit from having foreign and guest lecturers at their lectures:
1. Subject matter expert
College and university lecturers are experts in a particular subject, but they might not be an expert on a particular topic. Having guest lecturers, especially from the industry can add value to students by bringing in real world experience to add flair to the subject. In addition, having experts from the industry adds credibility towards the lecture and may spark deeper interest amongst students in a particular topic. With guest lecturers, students can relate theoretical topics with real world application.
2. International exposure
Universities which have a good mix of local and foreign lecturers are able to provide students with a good amount of international exposure, all within the confines of the classroom. Foreign lecturers bring a wealth of teaching styles and international experience and are able to compare and contrast between local knowledge and international best practices. With a good mix of foreign lecturers, students are then able to experience the best of both worlds.
3. Different perspectives
With foreign lecturers and guest lecturers, students are able to also experience different perspectives in regards to the same subject matter. Foreign lecturers are able to direct students to think from an international viewpoint, while a guest lecturer might encourage students to think from a non-academic point of view – both of which are crucial in the highly globalised world today.
4. Contribute to research ideas
International and guests lecturers are also able to contribute in terms of research ideas as international lecturers are able to share insights into research areas conducted overseas while guest lecturers can share research ideas needed in the industry. This is especially important for postgraduate studies such as MBA or MSc and even PhD.
Some colleges and universities employ international lecturers to boost their university rankings globally in order to be the best colleges and universities, it is undeniable that international and guest lecturers play a pivotal role in shaping the overall quality and standard of tertiary education in Malaysia.