Internationalization of Higher Education

Since the late 1980s, the idea of internationalisation has featured prominently in the discourses of higher education, initially within the developed Anglo-American systems but more recently around the world. Internationalisation has become a key objective in the mission statements and strategic plans of most universities and colleges. Invariably, internationalisation is now viewed in terms of the challenges and opportunities associated with the contemporary processes of globalisation. It is assumed to be essential for preparing students to meet the shifting requirements of work and labour processes, transformed by digital technologies and global capitalism. The discourse of internationalisation also involves references to the changing nature of knowledge and its complex relationship to commercialisation. Culturally, its importance is believed to lie in the emergent transnational links between people, ...

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