1st Edition

Mestenhauser and the Possibilities of International Education Illuminating Pathways for Inquiry and Future Practice

    258 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    258 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on the work of Josef A. Mestenhauser (1925–2015) and the depth and breadth of his contribution to the area of internationalization of higher education, this book addresses the theoretical foundations of the field of international education and the implications for practice and strategy. It considers key concepts and poses questions for discussion that make Mestenhauser’s work accessible to new readers.

    Through a series of provocative essays, contributors to this volume examine Mestenhauser’s influence on their understanding and practice of international education, the relevance of his work today, the transferability of his ideas across contexts, and current interpretations of the field. They consider areas of agreement and disagreement that illuminate pathways for inquiry and future practice, affirming the importance of his work in a new global landscape.

    Mestenhauser and the Possibilities of International Education is suitable reading for all those interested in the internationalization of higher education, including higher education faculty, students, researchers, and international education and higher education policy makers.

    Foreword to the series

    Elspeth Jones


    1. Josef Mestenhauser, an international life and mind

    Gayla Marty, Anne M. D’Angelo, and Mary Katherine O’Brien


    Mestenhauser as scholarpractitioner: Reflections from the University of Minnesota

    2. Students at the center, culture at the core

    Elizabeth Schwartz and Paidamoyo Chikate

    3. Professionalizing the workforce: Becoming international educators

    Kay A. Thomas

    4. Walking with a giant: The influence of Mestenhauser on everyday practice

    Inge E. Steglitz and Barbara Kappler Mikk

    5. Reimagining the field of international education through the vision of a Renaissance internationalist: the Minnesota case

    Deborah J. Pembleton and Gerald W. Fry

    6. Where roads diverge but the destination is clear: Mestenhauser and leadership

    Meredith McQuaid


    Mestenhauser’s final work

    7. Framing international education

    Josef A. Mestenhauser


    Mestenhauser’s continuing global influence on international higher education

    8. Reflections on intercultural learning in Europe and the United States

    Hanneke Teekens

    9. Toward systemic internationalisation: Conversations with Mestenhauser on educational reform in South Africa

    Nico Jooste

    10. The challenge of culture: The Czech path to international education

    Eva Janebova

    11. Mainstreaming international education: Mestenhauser’s influence in Japan

    Miki Horie

    12. Negotiating intercultural competence across disciplines: From multicultural to intercultural education

    Michael Goh

    13. Digital campuses of universities: Places for intercultural learning or cultural segmentation?

    Shanton Chang and Catherine Gomes

    14. Mestenhauser on intercultural competence: Implications for practice and research

    Darla K. Deardorff

    15. Rethinking internationalisation of the curriculum

    Betty Leask

    16. Internationalizing teaching and learning: Who will teach the teachers?

    Gayle A. Woodruff

    17. Conversations on culture, brain, and cognitive shifts

    Yuliya Kartoshkina

    18. Mestenhauser’s influence on future international education policy

    Hans de Wit


    19. Where we go from here: a call to action in international higher education

    Anne M. D’Angelo and Mary Katherine O’Brien

    Appendix: Selected works of Josef A. Mestenhauser



    Anne M. D’Angelo is the assistant dean of global initiatives for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    Mary Katherine O’Brien is a researcher for education and outreach at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    Gayla Marty is a writer and editor whose interest in culture developed during a decade working closely with Mestenhauser.

    "Josef Mestenhauser’s scholarship and generous sharing of his research, travels, and strategies to address the issues of justice throughout the world are lessons he taught his students and colleagues. With this book, that model can survive this troubled period of history."

    —Josie R. Johnson, regent emeritus and former associate vice president, University of Minnesota

    Background on Dr. Johnson


    "Josef Mestenhauser came to Japan on a Fulbright award, was invited back many times, and with a handful of Japanese pioneers in the field, became one of the founders of international education in Japan. His main message to international educators was to keep university education relevant to the needs of stakeholders of a university and society. With diversity and inclusion, economic and political polarization, and uncontrollable globalization, all educators will need to reframe and reinvent the higher education system. Dr. Mestenhauser saw that international education was the indispensable component for the necessary transformation. He never isolated international education from the "mainstream" but insisted that all university education must be international. Relapsing to narrow discipline-oriented education, ethnocentric class content, deemphasis of intercultural dialogue, and any efforts to bind us to a closed value system is a disservice to the democratic and fast-changing society. This book is the must-read for those willing to venture into the reformation of international education as the core of university curriculum, pedagogy, and administration. Mestenhauser’s words remind us why we are serving in education and encourage us to move forward."

    —Dr. Yuichi Kondo, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

    Background on Dr. Kondo



    "As a refugee from dictatorship, Josef Mestenhauser understood clearly that open minds and liberal education were not only antitheses to tyranny, but also powerful agents of change. He devoted his professional life to international education, helping students from all over the world to fulfill their highest educational and professional potential. His personal example and mentorship inspired dozens of advisees over decades, including me. Unlike some political refugees, Joe never succumbed to bitterness and cabinet-style politicking so evident in exile organizations. He was generous, open and pragmatic in the best sense of that adjective. In addition to his humanity and kindness, we were drawn to Joe’s educational perspective: always cross-cultural, always illuminating. His theoretical work closely connected to practice. His insights were derived from diligent observation of political and cultural realities on the ground in many countries, from Asia to Central Europe to the United States. Joe managed to fuse an outlook on international education to a cross-cultural perspective on leadership that became at once insightful and motivational. I am both excited and thankful for this book that spreads Joe’s message, a message that, in a world with its anarchy of globalizing and de-globalizing tendencies of today, is needed more than ever."

    —Dr. Tomas P. Klvana, New York University Prague

    Background on Dr. Klvana