How do academics do internationalization?

Rowena Murray, Beverley Anne Yamamoto

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Internationalisation is a strategic aim of many universities. Internationalisation research has explored diversity in curricula and among students. What has not been explored to the same extent is the place of internationalisation in academic work. We evaluate our internationalisation work using our institutions’ and Times Higher Education criteria. This evaluation shows that we contribute to our institutions’ strategic aims, but that personal processes are not made visible in such strategies and accounts. We find that our work requires small amounts of financial support, explicit moral support from our institutions and considerable good will on our part. In addition, trust, a sense of a shared mission and spontaneity are instrumental in how we ‘do’ internationalisation. Recognising that these criteria are difficult to quantify, we maintain that they have value for our universities, our students and ourselves and therefore suggest that they be considered in the planning and accounting of internationalisation work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014
EventSociety for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference 2014: Inspiring Future Generations; Embracing Plurality and Difference in Higher Education - Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


ConferenceSociety for Research into Higher Education Annual Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleSRHE Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Academic Practice
  • Internationalisation
  • Writing retreat


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