Internationalization of the Curriculum

Internationalization of the curriculum

The drive to internationalize the higher education curriculum has a long history (see Chapter 3, this volume). Students in medieval Europe crossed political and geographical borders to learn from scholars elsewhere. Then, students internationalized their studies themselves, while more recently, globalization has made it imperative that colleges and universities internationalize both themselves and their curricula. A process increasing the interconnections between nations and peoples of the world, globalization has transformed higher education throughout the world, engaging local institutions, their staff, students, and their graduates with the wider world (Marginson, 2003, p. 2). As those who were once far away are now our neighbors (Featherstone, 1990, p. 11), the need to build “bridges of tolerance and respect for other ...

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