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International perspectives

Internationalisation in higher education is a multi-faceted, contestable and diversely interpreted concept. To introduce you to the area, it is worth considering Jane Knight's definition which has been widely embraced by the tertiary sector in Australia and beyond. Knight (2004) defines internationalisation of higher education as 'the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of post-secondary education' (Knight, 2004, p. 11). Whilst this appeals to all areas of core business of universities, when it comes to teaching and learning, internationalisation is often interpreted as 'teaching international students' and 'internationalising the curriculum'; the latter being concerned with assisting students to create knowledge, skills and dispositions that will hold them in good stead for life and work in a world being rapidly transformed by global flows of people, ideas, finance and culture, to name some. 


Knight, J. (2004). Internationalization remodelled: definition, approaches, and rationales. Journal of Studies in International Education, 8(1), 5-31.

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