Globalization and Internationalization in Higher Education

This class  explores the impact of globalization on higher education, and the strategies used by higher education institutions to achieve internationalization. Students will study conceptual frameworks linking higher education institutions to economic competitiveness in a global economy and critically analyze recent national and international reports on this topic.

Highly trained people are critical for economic growth in the new, knowledge-based economies. Consequently, higher education institutions, and particularly universities, are increasingly seen as significant agents for economic growth around the world. Major U.S. funders of research such as the NSF and the NIH have begun to initiate collaborative international programs to increase research capacities at home and abroad. International funding agencies such as the World Bank and the Asia Development Bank have shifted focus away from sole investment in elementary and secondary education to focus on higher education.

Learning Goals

1. Be able to differentiate between key concepts of globalization and internationalization in higher education.

2. Understand key theoretical concepts relevant in the discussion of globalization in higher education.

3. Critically analyze higher education policy documents.

4. Learn about higher education in selected countries and their efforts in internationalizing their higher education systems.

5. Learn to collect relevant literature on the topic of the class of a chosen country including web-resources; learn to write annotated literature reviews.