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Comprehensive Internationalization

Institutional pathways to success, 1st Edition

By John K. Hudzik


280 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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This book is a timely insight into the internationalization of higher education institutions. The internationalization of higher education is a global phenomenon, but with substantial variation in how it is made operational in individual institutions. Comprehensive Internationalization focuses on desirable practices in institutions and their actual approaches to implement a more integrated, strategic, or comprehensive global engagement across their core missions: teaching, research, and service.    

Part I of the book investigates a wide range of issues governing the internationalization of institutions:

    • Outlining the origins, meaning and evolution toward more strategic and comprehensive forms of internationalization;
    • building an understanding of the meanings of comprehensive internationalization, as well as common aspirations, when linked to different types of institutions;
    • understanding the rationales and motivations for internationalization and intended results;
    • creating an institutional vision and culture to support comprehensive internationalization;
    • and implementing key strategies for successful internationalization in terms of practical actions and programs and results, including identifying and ameliorating barriers, engaging organizational change, assessing outcomes, and obtaining resources.

Part II of the book offers case stories from institutions across the globe which describe varying pathways toward more comprehensive internationalization. Institutions were chosen to reflect the diversity of higher education and approaches to internationalization. An analysis of the cases uncovers similarities and differences, as well as common lessons to be learned. With contributions from mainland Europe, Australia, the USA, the UK, Latin America, Singapore and South Africa, the global application of the book is unparalleled.

Comprehensive Internationalization will be of vital interest to a wide variety of higher education institutional leaders and managers as they address the problems and solutions for institutional internationalization available to them in a rapidly changing educational world and a 21st Century global environment.


"Comprehensive Internationalization provides a key outlet for understanding institutional approaches to internationalization through case studies from around the world. … The real strength of this book lies in the case studies … Through those case studies, the reader gains insights into the role of national policy, the pivotal role of leadership, the importance of maintaining close alignment with the academic mission, and the value of an integrated, ongoing process … The case studies also provide insights into practical steps that were taken to implement comprehensive internationalization." —International Educator

"This book examines internationalization within higher educational institutions, focusing on actual approaches to implement a more integrated, strategic or comprehensive global engagement across core missions of teaching, research and engagement." - IAU Horizions

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Part I: The Meaning and Practice of Comprehensive and Strategic Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions 1. Introduction to the concept of internationlising higher education instituions 2. The local, national and global forces and factors propelling H.E. cross-border activity and collaborations 3. Alternative models and emphases associated with stategic and comprehensive instituional internationalisation 4. Institutional models for organizing and supporting campus internationalisation 5. "Resourcing" institutional internationalisation 6. Key actions by institutions to successfully implement comprehensive and strategic forms of internationalisation Part II: Approaches and Examples: Progress and Challenges 1. Sweden 2&3. Australia 4&5. North America 6&7. The UK 8. Europe 9. Latin America 10. Chinese University of Hong Kong 11. Africa Part III: Summary Analysis of Themes from the Cases and Future Directions of the Internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions

About the Author

Professor John K. Hudzik of Michigan State University is past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of NAFSA, Association of International Educators, and also past President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). He was for nearly 15 years Dean and Vice President of International Programs and Global Engagement at MSU. He is the NAFSA Senior Scholar for Internationalization, recipient of the AIEA Charles Klasek Award, and recipient of the Transatlantic Leadership Award of the European Association for International Education.

About the Series

Internationalization in Higher Education Series

In recent years internationalization has become of vital concern in Higher Education and all indications are that this will be increasingly the case. Globalization, privatization and mobility of students seeking internationally accredited qualifications relevant to a globally-mobile workforce are increasing the pressure on institutions around the world to take action in internationalizing curricula and professional practice.

This series addresses key themes in this internationalization with books written and/or edited by leading thinkers and writers in the field. Up to the minute and international in both appeal and scope the books in the series focus on delivering:

  • Contributions from a wide range of international contexts
  • Theoretical perspectives and practical examples for implementation
  • Evidence-based practice with an emphasis on evaluation of outcomes

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Leadership