Internationalizing higher education: a critical overview

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    Internationalization has become one of the central themes of higher education in recent years. This theme or agenda has many manifestations including: competing for a greater proportion of international staff and students, encouraging staff and student exchanges between institutions, internationalizing the curricula for home students, and fostering a greater degree of intercultural contact between students. Straddling these various initiatives are also two other major dimensions through which higher education now legitimates its purpose: the development of graduate attributes as well as global citizens. Some initiatives are primarily directed at institutional economic benefit or prestige in the pecking order employability, others at enhancing students' employability, and yet others focus more on citizenship and civic responsibility. These are not mutually exclusive although there has been a more recent concern with the development of the latter. This paper provides a critical overview of the internationalization agenda taking into account recent literature in the field and highlighting some problematic issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of MAC 2018 in Prague
    EditorsJiří Vopava, Vladimír Douda, Radek Kratochvíl, Mario Konecki
    Place of PublicationPrague
    PublisherMAC Prague consulting s.r.o.
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9788088085195
    Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018
    EventMultidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague 2018 - Czech Association of Scientific and Technical Societies, Prague, Czech Republic
    Duration: 25 May 201827 May 2018


    ConferenceMultidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague 2018
    Abbreviated titleMAC in Prague 2018
    Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


    • Higher education
    • Internationalization
    • Citizenship


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