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ERIC Number: EJ1146446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2202-493X
Internationalization at a German University: The Purpose and Paradoxes of English Language
Gonzalez, Roger Geertz
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v16 n2 p49-62 2017
One significant phenomenon regarding the internationalization of higher education around the world is the wider use of English as the "lingua franca" for research, scientific study, and graduate education. Germany has increased its English taught Master's programs by 13 percent since 2011, second behind the Netherlands, with a total of 733 Master's programs taught in English. The University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, currently offers 18 English Master's programs, 10 combined German/English Master's programs, and one English doctoral program. This paper provides findings from interviews of faculty concerning the English programs. Three main themes emerged from the interviews: 1) faculty's ambivalence concerning the use of English instead of German in graduate programs, 2) administration's recent emphasis on the importance of faculty publishing in English for promotion and tenure, and 3) faculty interest in further increasing English programs in their graduate programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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