Research on internationalisation and globalisation in higher education—Reflections on historical paths, current perspectives and future possibilities

Jenny J. Lee, Bjørn Stensaker

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Abstract

Internationalisation and globalisation are intertwined and complex phenomena that have attracted the interest of higher education scholars for several decades. This article offers some reflections on how research on internationalisation and globalisation has developed over the years and the perspectives that appear to have dominated these studies. A key argument is that while the field is, in many ways, booming—both in the numbers of publications and with respect to topics explored—whether substantial theoretical advances have been made is questionable. Many publications still tend to be quite descriptive with shallow observations, mostly on reporting national trends and political agendas. As internationalisation and globalisation undoubtedly continue to make an impact on higher education in the years to come, there is a need for a stronger theoretical basis, which can underpin future studies. The current article discusses potential future advancements enabling a more integrated, theoretical grounding for understanding and interpreting internationalisation and globalisation in the years to come.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-168
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Education
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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