The Internationalisation of Higher Education Towards a new research agenda in critical higher education studies
We are in the middle of a fundamental transformation of the global order which is challenging the supremacy of the USA, and to a certain extent of Europe, in economic and also in normative terms. The financial crisis has further accentuated this shift in the post-Cold War architecture, with emerging economies becoming an engine of globalisation. The chapters in this volume shed light on the role of higher education and its internationalisation in this context, focusing on the different regions of the world. The new role of international organisations like UNESCO is also examined. The empirical findings of these studies are part of a new research agenda in higher education studies, one that goes beyond a ‘higher educationism’ limiting itself to a simple description of institutional changes in this sphere in the light of internationalisation. The different case studies advance an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on accounts from critical and postcolonial theory, international relations and international political economy. This perspective sheds light on the strategic selectivity of the transformation and the struggles related to this major transformation of higher education and its contribution to a new global architecture.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Globalisation, Societies and Education.
1. Current internationalisation: the case of France Annie Vinokur, University of Paris X, Nanterre, France 2. The selectivity of translation: accountability regimes in Chilean and South African higher education Barbara Dickhaus, University of Kassel, Germany 3. Current internationalisation: The case of the USA Christopher Newfield, University of California, USA 4. Brazilian Higher Education from a post-colonial perspective Denise Leite, Universidade Federal do RS, Porto Alegre, Brazil 5. The UNESCO: a pawn or a global player? Eva Hartmann, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 6. The Bologna Process as a hegemonic tool of Normative Power Europe: the case of Chilean and Mexican Higher Education Francis Espinoza Figueroa, University of Birmingham, UK 7. Small world: access to higher education between methodological nationalism and international organisations Gäele Goastellec, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 8. Mediating and Managing Internationalisation in African Higher Education Mala Singh, Open University, UK 9. Singapore: bridgehead of the West or counterforce? The s[t]imulation of creative and critical thought in Singapore’s higher education policies Maria Hoofd, University of Singapore 10. Soft Power and Higher Education: An Examination of China’s Confucius Institutes Rui Yang, University of Hong Kong 11. Current internationalisation: The case of the UK Susan Robertson, University of Bristol, UK