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What’s wrong with internationalisation of Higher Education? It’s the language, stupid!

It is needless to mention the popularity of internationalisation [1] in the contemporary higher education literature. Many scholars, like Hans De Wit and Jane Knight, have engaged with the definition of the term while others, like Elspeth Jones and Robin Middlehurst, have written about more applied elements. Most, if not all, of the scholars who discuss internationalisation of higher education have admitted that higher education institutions have lost touch with the initial purpose of internationalisation.

In the recent Going Global 2012 conference there were many who argued for a ‘back to basics’ approach to future policies and activities in the internationalisation of higher education. Also, the International Association of Universities (IAU) has recently published a report [2] which summarises the findings of its expert group on ‘Re-thinking Internationalisation’. In this report it is recognised that internationalisation is an evolving concept which is shaped by the dynamic nature of higher education. Globalisation is seen as the main contextual factor which affects higher education, and consequently, internationalisation. Within the globalised economic environment internationalisation is pursued at different parts of the world in anticipation of a range of returns. The drivers for internationalisation are, according to IAU, many and include the boost of economic income, capacity building, and global reputation, to name a few.

via What’s wrong with internationalisation of Higher Education? It’s the language, stupid! – Anglo Higher® Publishes News, Commentary and Opinion About Global Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Professional Training.


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