Universities going global?
Comparative perspectives on the internationalization of postgraduate education in Brazil and Finland
Keywords:postgraduate education, critical internationalization studies, comparative higher education, Brazil, Finland
This article presents a doctoral research on how individuals in Brazilian and Finnish contexts of postgraduate education are processing changes in university as internationalization takes place. It problematizes how change, power and political action unfold across the fields of social action – national policy, educational institution, academic work – that compose each context. The research supporting this dissertation was organized as a comparative case study based on the qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with Brazilian and Finnish policy makers, institutional leaders and scholars involved with the internationalization of postgraduate education. The theoretical background deals with the political character of university and of higher education change, combining higher education studies and Brazilian social thought. It also connects globalization and internationalization from a critical perspective. The interviewees’ perspectives about the relations between their work and internationalization were sought as a source for understanding what changes when universities go global.
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