Academic leaders urged to focus on academic values in internationalization of PSE

April 23, 2012

As academic leaders worldwide rush to expand their global agendas, they must also be aware of "potentially adverse unintended consequences," according to a statement from the International Association of Universities. These issues include: language centralization; a "single model" of university; brain drain; poor recruitment of international students; questions about the viability of branch campuses; obsession over rankings; and unequal relationships. The statement calls on PSE institutions to embrace several values and principles when it comes to designing and implementing internationalization strategies. These include demonstrating a "commitment to promote academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and social responsibility," and pursuing "socially responsible practices locally and internationally, such as equity in access and success, and non-discrimination." Inside Higher Ed | Statement