1st Edition

Internationalisation and Marketisation of Higher Education in the UK Perspectives, Realities, and Future Possibilities

By Zahra Kemiche Copyright 2025
    320 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely volume sets out the author’s novel concept of the Organic model of internationalisation, developed using participants’ perceptions, lived experiences and recommendations for a better sustainable future of HE, and explores its broader application in the context of higher education.

    Using the qualitative IPA (Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis) approach, chapters showcase the lived experiences and subjective perspectives of individuals around the paradox that internationalisation presents, the distorting effects of institutional power, and the market- and ethics-based concerns of internationalisation in higher education. Drawing on an in-depth empirical study conducted using participant observation and interviews with participants from three UK universities, the book proposes a framework for redefining the global discourse of HE through the Organic model and urges the need for a compromise between profit and ethics to the benefit of both organisations and individuals. The book thoroughly discusses racist practices and introduces the concepts of ‘xeno-racism’ and ‘angelism’, ensuring that the proposed approach is authentic and responsive to the diverse experiences of the student body.

    Showcasing a model with international potential and ramifications, this book will appeal to researchers, academics and postgraduate students in higher education, internationalisation, and international study mobility. Practitioners and policy makers may also benefit from the volume.


    Part 1: Higher Education Landscape

    Chapter 1: Internationalisation of Higher Education in an Era of Globalisation

    Chapter 2: International Students in Higher Education

    Part 2: Higher education policies and practices of Internationalisation

    Chapter 3: Space and Time in Higher Education

    Chapter 4: Empirical Study Results

    Chapter 5: Disneyfication in Higher Education

    Chapter 6: Institutional Branding

    Part 3: Beyond Boundaries: Unveiling the Organic Model of Internationalisation

    Chapter 7: Reconceptualisation of Internationalisation in Higher Education

    Chapter 8: Organic Model of Internationalisation



    Zahra Kemiche is Senior Research Consultant, Melian Dialogue, Postgraduate Research Supervisor and International Partnerships and Development Officer, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.