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Internationalisation and Transnationalisation in Higher Education


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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Part I: Educational policy, institutional cultures and transnational activities


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Part I Educational policy, institutional cultures and transnational activities

This part focuses on macro and meso level aspects of internationalisation in higher education, such as educational policies, institutional cultures and transnational practices of institutions and governments. Jani Haapakoski and Sharon Stein apply a critical discourse analysis approach in order to scrutinise and compare internationalisation strategies in higher education in Finland and Canada. They focus on exploring the ways in which the strategies frame the role of higher education and reflect on the ethical implications of these framings. They argue that the strategies discursively naturalise the role of higher education and internationalisation in the service of a knowledge economy. Svetlana Shenderova examines how the role of internationalisation in enhancing the quality of higher education and research is understood in Russia. Shenderova argues that inequality of financial support, inadequate statistics and vague responsibility at policy and institutional levels inhibit the implementation of the internationalisation of higher education in Russia as the mechanism to enhance the quality of education and research. Henna Juusola explores national quality assurance practicalities from the perspective of education export focusing on two Finnish universities of applied sciences. Juusola’s results show that the quality assurance of education export in these institutions is still a work in progress and that ad hoc solutions related to education export have been adopted without any clear connection to the quality management system. Vesna Holubek examines the case of creating an education hub in Singapore. Holubek’s study reveals...

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