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Governance and Structures for International Education


Translating Policy into Practice
Confirmation of candidature presentation by Sarah Fischer

Start Date

14th Jun 2017 2:00pm

End Date

14th Jun 2017 2:45pm


Education Video Conference Rooms:

  • Launceston: NH.A221c.Video
  • Hobart: SB.Hytten325.Video
  • Cradle Coast: CC.A119.Video

As the globalisation of economies and global mobility continue to expand and allow for the rapid exchange of commerce and ideas across political boundaries, internationalisation of education is becoming increasingly important. So too, is understanding how universities are effectively adjusting and contributing to this changing landscape. This, however, is complex. given the variety of circumstances that affect how and why a higher education institution internationalises. This study will compare the development of internationalisation policy and practices in different national contexts, by comparing case studies of higher education institutions in Australia, the United States and Norway. Qualitative research methods will include a document analysis to determine motivation and rationale trends in the development of international education policies.  Interviews with key actors at each university and observations on each campus. The comparative case studies will seek to answer the overarching research question: Why are some universities able to internationalise comprehensively, or develop "a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research, and service missions” (Hudzik 2011 p. 10), while others are not? Three sub-questions will be examined: how internationalisation Is constructed at each university, how internationalisation policy is developed and implemented at each institution, and how internationalisation is reflected in the campus environment. A framework will be developed to identify factors and dynamics influencing internationalisation efforts. There is a dearth of recent studies that examine relationships between structures, processes, mechanisms and actors of international higher education and methodologically, few comparative studies. This research aims to fill that gap. Answers to the three questions will inform planning, practices and policy development at higher education institutions In Australia and overseas.

Hudzik, J. (2011). Comprehensive Internationalization: from concept to action. Washington, DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators.