Internationalization of Higher Education

The Need for a More Ethical and Qualitative Approach

Keywords: ethics, higher education, internationalization, international students


Universities have always had international dimensions in their research, teaching, and service to society, but those dimensions were in general more ad hoc, fragmented, and implicit than explicit and comprehensive. In the last decade of the previous century, the increasing globalization and regionalization of economies and societies, combined with the requirements of the knowledge economy and the end of the Cold War, created a context for a more strategic approach to internationalization in higher education. International organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the World Bank, national governments, the European Union, and higher education organizations such as the International Association of Universities placed internationalization at the top of the reform agenda. Internationalization became a key change agent in higher education, in the developed world but also in emerging and developing societies.


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Author Biography

Hans de Wit, Boston College, USA

HANS DE WIT, PhD, is Director of the Center for International Higher Education and Professor of the Practice in International Higher Education at Boston College. His major research interests lie in the area of internationalization of higher education and international higher education


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How to Cite
de Wit, H. (2020). Internationalization of Higher Education. Journal of International Students, 10(1), i-iv.
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