Institutional Strategies and International Programs: Learning From Experiences of Change

Institutional strategies and international programs: Learning from experiences of change

Internationalization is a key challenge for higher education today, one that is shifting in its role and scope. One of these shifts involves a move away from an activity-based approach toward one that is more strategic (Knight & de Wit, 1997). This leads to greater integration, as internationalization becomes part of vision and values and is increasingly embedded across functional areas and into policies, structures, and processes (Lewis, 2007). A second shift is toward a stronger emphasis on economic rationales and competitive dynamics (van der Wende, 2001), as strengths in international cooperation are often exploited and transformed through alliances, partnerships, and networks that enable universities to ...

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