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ERIC Number: ED549823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: 0-920496-84-9
Internationalization: Elements and Checkpoints. CBIE Research No. 7
Knight, Jane
Canadian Bureau for International Education
Internationalization is an increasingly important issue in higher education around the world. "Global education can no longer be viewed as a secondary consideration; we must recognize that it is central to developing graduates who can cope effectively with the modern, interdependent world" (Wood, 1991). While universities and colleges have clearly shown increased interest in and commitment to internationalization, the question now facing them is how to sustain this interest and turn the commitment into effective strategies. It is necessary to take a critical and systematic look at how to sustain the interest and investments being made and assess the quality, impact and benefits of current internationalization efforts. The purpose of this paper is to examine the elements in the internationalization process of a college or university. Academic activities and services, organizational factors and guiding principles are discussed. Greater attention is given to organizational factors and principles which help to integrate internationalization into the university's administrative process and structures, and create a culture that values and supports the benefits of internationalization. The discussion culminates in a series of checkpoints to assist in the planning, implementation and review of internationalization strategies. Finally, an internationalization cycle is presented which includes six stages of the process and emphasizes continuous efforts toward innovation and institutionalization of the international dimension.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) / Bureau canadien de l’éducation internationale (BCEI)
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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