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Internationalization through Web Based Learning? An Assessment of the Virtualization of German Universities

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  • Marc Cuypers

    (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

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    The Paper broaches the issue of analyzing a potential relation between the emphasis on virtual web-based processes in an institution of higher education and the paradigm of internationalization. I do so by comparing three German universities, a campus-based university, a mostly paper-based distance-learning university and a fully virtual distancelearning university in terms of their services and procedures. Then I analyze each organizational system's capabilities to fulfill the paradigm of internationalization efficiently according to its four rationales: sociocultural, educational, political and economic. The data for my research was acquired from official documents provided by the universities and additional personal requests via e-mail. My findings are, that the campus-based university has advantages for the sociocultural and political rationales of internationalization due to the emphasis on face-to-face communication and on-campus services, while the virtual university succeeds for the educational and economical rationales of internationalization because of the more wide-spread influence of web services and timeless availability of content. Considering the high costs that the campus-based university’s services cause to the university, the thesis that web-based university structures support the paradigm of internationalization more efficiently can be accepted for these two rationales.

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    This chapter was published in: Marc Cuypers , , pages 291-300, 2012.

    This item is provided by International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia in its series Knowledge and Learning: Global Empowerment; Proceedings of the Management, Knowledge and Learning International Conference 2012 with number 291-300.

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    Keywords: internationalization; virtualization; rationales;

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