In a changing world, all aspects of education are evolving, including the very process of higher education internationalisation. This process has gone through several phases - a support for soft diplomacy and peace building, a support for aid and/or trade policy, a means to competitiveness and prestige for nations and systems of higher education and, most particularly as a means to improving quality. As almost every university around the world increasingly focuses on efforts to internationalise, the ways in which this concept is understood, interpreted and applied has multiplied exponentially and changed over time.

The session builds on a discussion launched by the International Association of Universities to address, among others, the following issues:

  • To what extent is the understanding of internationalisation shared among stakeholders and between different parts of the world?
  • How are the factors/forces shaping the process different today from those in the past?
  • How do they impact on the ways internationalisation is implemented? How are they likely to change in the years to come?

This series was produced in partnership between the Going Global International Steering Committee and the International Association of Universities.