International students for the bottom line or to create truly international universities?


That was the issue discussed at this year’s meeting of the European Association for International Education, which brought  4,000 or so participants.

My thoughts? While universities are facing tough economic times, the driver to bring internatinoal students cannot be the bottom line. If internationalization is one of the goals to better respond to their communities/regions’ needs, then these students will be catalysts to help achieve it. As with companies, universities cannot forget their long term mision, especially in difficult economic times. Other ways to address the financial issues must be found.

Read the CHE article (thanks to Francisco Marmolejo) at

http://chronicle.com/article/Treatment-of-International/134394/?cid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

One thought on “International students for the bottom line or to create truly international universities?

  1. One of the main tasks of institutions of higher education is to provide students with enough competence to become valuable additions to the job market. Recent surveys show that intercultural competence is one of the highest ranked competences that employers look for. That competence can only be developed in an intercultural setting, i.e. on an international campus. Internationalisatoin at Home should always be part of the reason for engaging in internationalisation.

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