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Internationalization of Universities as Internationalization of Bildung


  • Lenz, Rainer
  • Steinhaus, Carol


Internationalization receives top priority in nearly any university mission state-ment. But why? What is the value of internationalization for a university? Is the purpose to improve a university’s ranking, or to explore new revenue sources by entering foreign, mostly Asian, educational markets? Internationalization is not - or better - should not be an institutional end in itself. Internationalization is a powerful means to fulfill a university’s central task “Bildung of individuals” as it significantly contributes to the learning process of students and professors within the university system. By focusing on the individual’s learning process this article provides a new perspective to internationalization and develops a different ap-proach for reaching the university’s mission of internationalization.

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  • Lenz, Rainer & Steinhaus, Carol, 2010. "Internationalization of Universities as Internationalization of Bildung," MPRA Paper 26626, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26626

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    Internationalization; education; university systems; Bildung; formation; edification; cultural differences;

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    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A2 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics
    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics

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