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28 February 2021
Internationalizing Universities and Higher Education Systems: New Players in a Changing Scene
The impact of globalization on higher education is profound and multi-faceted. It affects not only the leading research universities aiming for global ranking, but, indeed, all universities regardless of their status, type and higher education system in which they are situated. Motivations and pathways for internationalization vary and are often correlated with the socio economic context of their respective society. Much of the internationalization process is regional rather than fully global. Some of the actions are proactive and well-planned, while some universities and higher education systems are in the wake of internationalization tide. The examples here could be the well-structured Bologna Process that facilitates the mobility of students and staff among European Union universities and the bottom-up pattern of intra-Asia student mobilities supported by sub-regional economic integrations, ethnic, religious and post-colonial ties and of emerging universities seeking to enhance their international ‘world class’ status.
While much of the existing research focuses on flagship universities and traditional higher international education market, this Special Issue looks at universities and higher education systems which are new players engaged in internationalization, or existing players facing new challenge(s). For instance, many countries are facing the challenge of low fertility, therefore are looking at international student recruitment to augment their domestic workforce. Commercial universities have been playing an increasing role in higher education during the past decades. Another example is China: new opportunities as well as challenges of internationalization have been brought up by the launch of the Belt and Road Initiatives.
We welcome empirical case studies about internationalizing universities and/or analysis of the higher education systems in which they are located. The topics cover, but are not limited to, the investigation of marketization in and of international higher education, mobilities of students and staff, restructuring of university organization, developing and/or reforming new and existing curricula respectively, and policies for, and policy making on, internationalization. What motivates universities and/or higher education systems to push for internationalization? How are the changing local, regional and global dynamics reshaping the adopted strategies and practices? And what are the implications of internationalization for education and society? The Special Issue aims to demonstrate the diversity of internationalization by collecting papers from different countries and shedding light on the implications of this global phenomenon.
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Abstracts for the Special Issue should be between 300 and 500 words and include the names and affiliations of the authors and a provisional title. Please submit abstracts by 31 October, 2020 to the Guest Editor Dr. Rochelle GE: [email protected] Authors will receive notification of whether their abstracts have been accepted, by 30 November, 2020. Final manuscripts are due by 28 February, 2021.
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