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  1. 1. Internationalisation of HigherEducation – the work of IAU Beijing, China October 15, 2006 Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General
  2. 2. IAU: for a worldwide community of higher education North Am erica Africa Latin Am erica 6% 10% 8% Middle East 10% Asia & Pacific 22% Europe 44% Africa Middle East Asia & Pacific Europe Latin America North America1 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  3. 3. The Internationalization Imperatives The external political and economic forces for internationalization – globalization in all areas The cultural and demographic push for internationalization at national and international levels The internal – academic and scientific drivers for internationalization in teaching, learning, research and service The blurring of these internal and external forces = costs of insularity or parochialism are very high for all HEIs2 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  4. 4. IAU: independent membership organisation Global forum for higher education leaders Research and analysis of major trends Advocacy and policy reflection Information dissemination3 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  5. 5. Internationalization at IAU Research and Analysis of Major Trends 2003 Internationalization of HE – survey of IAU membership Report: Practices and Priorities 2005 Internationalization of HE – global survey of HEI and national university associations Report: New Directions, New Challenges4 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  6. 6. Internationalization at IAU 2005 global survey report5 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  7. 7. Internationalization at IAU Advocacy 2000 Policy Statement Internationalization of Higher education: towards a century of cooperation 2004 Statement (with AUCC, ACE and CHEA) Sharing Quality of Higher Education Across Borders: a statement on behalf of higher education institutions worldwide - 2006 Checklist for Good Practice in Cross Border Education6 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  8. 8. Internationalization – are we (still) talking about the same thing? Working definition – stable over time – multidimensional and comprehensive efforts to introduce an international, intercultural and global dimension into learning, research and services BUT IN TIME OF MAJOR CHANGE Changing practices – increasing differentiation of goals, rationales, strategies and models or practices Growing complexity and differentiated impact – policy increasingly linked to other objectives (ex. Immigration, competitiveness, security and even department/institution survival)7 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  9. 9. HE and Internationalization challenges (1) Profound changes in where and how knowledge is created, how it is disseminated and applied, how it is funded Increasing competition – at all levels and among all actors Risks of commercialization in traditional and new providers Cooperation and academic solidarity weakened and undermined Absence of strong policy frameworks to ensure ‘fair play’ and quality - GATS or other trade agreements not the answer Lack of knowledge about long term impact of certain approaches especially in context of asymmetries8 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  10. 10. HE and Internationalization challenges (2) Pressures for ‘positioning’ for competitiveness and strategic alliances colouring relationships and determining geographic focus Persistent difficulties to effect curricular change where impact is most inclusive Disciplinary coverage in internationalization efforts still narrow Need to widen and increase access to internationalization programs to include economically disadvantaged or minority groups Generalizing institutional engagement and integrating internationalization in all strategic reflections by HEIs and Associations9 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  11. 11. Can we meet the challenges? Opportunities are unprecedented! Recognition of importance of internationalization at highest level (2005 survey) Numerous forums for collective action and advocacy Consensus on the risks and challenges (2005 Survey) Availability of technological means to share knowledge, create networks and communities and widen access and participation Many examples of success and good policies and practices10 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  12. 12. IAU Commitment Continuing Education – LLL for HEI leaders – All IAU functions – global forum for sharing and dissemination – Continued analysis and research (2008 Global Survey) – search for good HEI practices – Stronger integration of internationalization to other themes Advocacy – internationalization as a positive force for building more than economically competititive nations or regions – but also for preparing well educated, employable and responsible citizens, who are respectful of and sensitive to cultural diversity and committed to international cooperation and solidarity11 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  13. 13. IAU Wish List 2005 Global Report stimulates debate – Partners to disseminate report as widely as possible – Articulating convincing arguments to promote academic values and social responsibilities as central to internationalization efforts Checklist for Good Practice is useful and used by HEIs Give recognition to Good Practice at institutions – IAU Prize for Excellence in Internationalization? – Recruiting for a generous Patron can start now! Secure better rate of response in 2008 Global Survey Continued support from current and new Members!12 © IAU, 2005 24 October 2006
  14. 14. Thank you Information and suggestions Contact 2005 Global Repot