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ERIC Number: EJ1103048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Going Wide, Not Wild: Varying Conceptualizations of Internationalization at a University of Technology in South Africa
Meda, Lawrence; Monnapula-Mapesela, Mabokang
Journal of Studies in International Education, v20 n3 p282-294 Jul 2016
Internationalization has become a buzzword in universities today. As a result of the breadth of the term the concept lends itself to many interpretations. There is a view that South African higher education does not have a customized national framework of internationalization, which raises questions about whether the intended outcomes are achieved. This article is a presentation of academics' varying conceptualizations of internationalization at a university in South Africa. Thirteen participants--deans, heads of department, program coordinators, and a director of the international office--were purposively selected to participate in semi-structured interviews. Guided by Leask's conceptual framework of the internationalization of the curriculum, as well as findings from the participants, this study agrees with others who argue that internationalization is a gradual process, which is beyond student and staff mobility and accreditation by an international body. It is concluded that to enhance effective internationalization at a university, a critical review of academics' conceptualization of the term is essential.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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