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Internationalisation in higher education –an internationalist perspective

Internationalisation in higher education –an internationalist perspective This paper aims to argue for the significance of internationalism for the internationalisation of higher education. It analyses some conceptualisations and definitions of internationalisation before explaining the concept of internationalism, and variations of it, to demonstrate that internationalism has a moral dimension which could, and the author argues, provide a normative value base for the processes of internationalisation.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a cross-disciplinary, conceptual exploration.FindingsThe argument concludes with a listing of principles which should give a moral direction to internationalisation.Research limitations/implicationsThe approach proposed is the basis for evaluations of different aspects of internationalisation such as the design and implementation of curricula.Practical implicationsThe approach taken here, if implemented, would lead to changes in curricula and processes of internationalisation.Social implicationsThe impact of internationalisation, and particularly of student mobility as an aspect of it, is already significant, and the perspective presented here would lead to more coherent interactions in mobility situations.Originality/valueUsing the neglected concept of internationalism brings a new perspective and challenge to internationalisation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Internationalisation in higher education –an internationalist perspective

On the Horizon , Volume 26 (2): 9 – Oct 22, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/oth-11-2017-0090
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Abstract

This paper aims to argue for the significance of internationalism for the internationalisation of higher education. It analyses some conceptualisations and definitions of internationalisation before explaining the concept of internationalism, and variations of it, to demonstrate that internationalism has a moral dimension which could, and the author argues, provide a normative value base for the processes of internationalisation.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is a cross-disciplinary, conceptual exploration.FindingsThe argument concludes with a listing of principles which should give a moral direction to internationalisation.Research limitations/implicationsThe approach proposed is the basis for evaluations of different aspects of internationalisation such as the design and implementation of curricula.Practical implicationsThe approach taken here, if implemented, would lead to changes in curricula and processes of internationalisation.Social implicationsThe impact of internationalisation, and particularly of student mobility as an aspect of it, is already significant, and the perspective presented here would lead to more coherent interactions in mobility situations.Originality/valueUsing the neglected concept of internationalism brings a new perspective and challenge to internationalisation.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 22, 2018

Keywords: Curriculum; Internationalization; Academic staff; Morality; Internationalism; Non-academic staff

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