Whose Interest Serves the Internationalisation of Higher Education?
We live in a world where globalisation and internationalisation affect the whole of society. Higher education is not an exception. The effects of internationalisation in higher education are reflected in the increased number of international projects, student exchanges, cooperation of academic staff with colleagues from other countries, (re) designing curricula (Bologna) and finally the formation of joint study programmes. Clearly defined motives for internationalisation are very important, because without them the process of internationalisation is lost in the many available international opportunities. Motives are the driving force of a country, region or institution that invests into internationalisation. As international competition grows, institutions give increasing attention to marketing and growing international reputations. At the institutional level, the emphasis is given to the international recognition, competition and the desire for a reputation abroad. Institutions have been competing to achieve the academic standards for years, but not in this way. Now, they compete in the commercial sector for international students to pay for tuition. Current events in higher education (international accreditation, ranking of universities, the Bologna process) will be critically analysed through the prism of (economic) time, supported by primary and secondary sources.
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