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Internationalisation and Transnationalisation in Higher Education

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Edited By Vesa Korhonen and Pauliina Alenius

Internationalisation have recently featured in discussions and initiatives related to various fields of higher education. Educational leaders, institutions and national policy-makers, but also international actors, such as the European Union and UNESCO, have promoted the internationalisation of higher education. Increasing emphasis on internationalisation has diversified also teaching and learning contexts in higher education and has given rise to a growing need for searching appropriate cross-cultural pedagogical approaches. However, internationalisation in the context of higher education is a multifaceted concept and involves more than just one international dimension in institutional or pedagogical activities. These recent developmental features are examined in the book with the conceptual lense of emerging pattern of internationalisation.

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3. Quality conventional perspective on the quality assurance of education export in the case Finland (Henna Juusola)

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HENNA JUUSOLA

3.  Quality conventional perspective on the quality assurance of education export in the case Finland

Abstract: During the last decade, education export has been seen as a promising new export service for Finnish higher education institutions that can increase national income and offer multiple opportunities to operate internationally. The quality of education and the good reputation of the Finnish education system worldwide are seen as a starting point for Finnish education export activities. In this paper, the aim is to examine national quality assurance practicalities from the perspective of education export. The focus is on two audit reports with education export as an optional target: the Audit of Häme University of Applied Sciences and the Audit of Tampere University of Applied Sciences. The reports are analyzed using qualitative content analyses and French convention theory that sets quality concept in a larger framework. This approach enhances the understanding of education activities where education is considered for-profit and projects can be located outside Finland. By so doing, this paper provides new insights on those quality conventions that seem to have dominant role in external audit reports, but it also offers a theoretically based overview of the global educational market space.

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During the last ten years, education export has become part of the national higher education policy in Finland. Education export in this paper is understood as for-profit education services, products or materials targeted at international customers,...

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