1st Edition

Internationalization and Employability in Higher Education

Edited By Robert Coelen, Cate Gribble Copyright 2019
    286 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Providing an analysis of the relationship between Internationalization and Employability in Higher Education, this book considers the perspectives of both students and employers to illustrate how to reach positive employment outcomes for all stakeholders.

    Through a wide range of international case studies, this book delivers some key messages, including:

    • The articulation of the link between internationalization and employability;
    • The need for higher education institutions to communicate the benefits of an internationalized higher education beyond the academy;
    • The need to ensure equity of graduate outcomes through enhanced internationalization at home;
    • The impact of immigration policy on national benefits of internationalization of higher education;
    • International study as a route to employability for migration purposes and building knowledge-based economies.

    Considering the skills developed by students through mobility experiences, while exploring the need for enhanced internationalization of the curriculum at home, Internationalization and Employability in Higher Education will be a key resource for any higher education policy makers or university staff associated with careers, employment, and integrated learning. It contains important messages for employers and recruiters.

    About the Editors

    About the Authors

    Series’ Editor Introduction



    Part 1 Learning Abroad and Employability

    How can international learning experiences enhance employability?

    Critical insights from new graduates and the people who employ them.

    Wendy Green, Eva King, and Jessica Gallagher

    Hidden Competences: Finnish employers' and students' appreciation of the effect of learning abroad on employability

    Juha Leppänen, Aleksi Neuvonen, Mika Saarinen

    Linking Learning Abroad and Employability

    Cheryl Matherly and Martin Tillman

    The Impact of Education Abroad on Competency Development

    Martha Johnson and Christine Anderson

    International Education and Employability: Perspectives of Ethiopians Studying Abroad

    Wondwosen Tamrat and Damtew Teferra

    Recent Trends in Learning Abroad in The Context of a Changing Japanese Economy and Higher Education Situation

    Hiroshi Ota and Yukiko Shimmi

    Understanding how international experiences engage employability: A game-based analytics approach

    Dolly Predovic and John Dennis

    Part 2 International Student Migration and Employment

    Open borders, closed minds: The experiences of International Students in the Ontario labour market.

    Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Kelly Thomson, and Amira El Masri

    Chinese student mobility, return migration and the transition into the labour market

    Saskia Jensen

    Internationalization and Employability – the case of the kiwi Overseas Experience (OE)

    Brett Berquist and Ainslie Moore

    Part 3 Transnational Education and Employability

    Boundary spanning in TNE- Building connections through work integrated learning

    Christine Bilsland

    The contribution of imported programs in Vietnamese universities to graduate employability development: A case study

    Tran Le Huu Nghia and Vo Phuong Quyen

    Transnational education and employability: Lessons from a case study of an Australian degree in Malaysia

    Choon Boey Lim, Glenda Marian Crosling, Mien Wee Cheng, and Greeja Hemalata De Silva

    Part 4 Internationalisation at Home and Employability

    Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL): Now Preparing Students for International Virtual Work

    Jon Rubin

    Employability skills as guiding principles for internationalising home curricula

    Jos Beelen

    Cultural understanding as a key skill for employability







    Robert Coelen is Professor of Internationalisation of Higher Education at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

    Cate Gribble is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of Research Strategy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.



    This book is timely and important. In, 2014 Elspeth Jones and I wrote that we need to change the language of internationalization. We observed a disconnect between the three key stakeholders in the internationalization process: universities, students and employers. This book is addressing this disconnect and is thereby a crucial contribution to the understanding of the relationship between internationalization and employability in higher education.

    Professor Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College 

    This book is a unique contribution to our understanding of the compelling nexus of international education and employability. It focuses on how prominent dimensions in internationalization, including outbound and inbound mobility, transnational education and at-home internationalization, intersect with student employment and employability. The book is a comprehensive text analysing policy discourse and practices from a range of national and regional contexts and discussing insightful implications to enhance student employability in an environment shaped by the complex relationship between higher education and the labour market.

    Dr Ly Tran, Associate Professor in the School of Education, Deakin University, Australia

    This is a fascinating book, which provides important new knowledge about the link between internationalization and employability. It is impressively wide in its geographical scope, and also in its coverage of education – discussing the ways in which mobility (for part or the whole of a degree), transnational provision and ‘internationalization at home’ can all help to build important skills and attributes for employment. A compelling read for scholars and practitioners alike.

    Dr Rachel Brooks, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean (Doctoral College), University of Surrey, UK.

    While there are proliferating literature on internationalization of higher education and graduate employability, the book edited by Gribble and Coelen is one of few scholarly efforts systematically linking the two concepts. It is the most comprehensive book unfolding the complex and multifaceted relations between internationalization and employability with insightful discussions and empirical evidences of various contexts. It is not only a must read book for researchers in the field but also highly relevant to (international) students and their stakeholders, such as higher education institutions, policy-makers and employers.    

    Dr Yuzhuo Cai, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland.

    International education has moved beyond a discussion of mobility to one of impact, sustainability and legacy. This detailed and valuable book uses the lens of employability, to examine current trends, challenges and opportunities in international higher education. The editors have compiled a far reaching and analytical review that will be of direct and immediate interest to practitioners, policy makers and researchers alike.

    Dr Christopher Hill, Director, Doctoral Training Centre, The British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.