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New Research Released on U.S. and Global Internationalization Policies

October 26, 2015


​Governments around the world are implementing policies and programs designed to spur higher education internationalization, but little has been known about how they compare with other national and regional initiatives.

In collaboration with The Boston College Center for International Higher Education, ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement released new research to better understand government-sponsored higher education internationalization policies and programs in a comparative context.

Internationalizing U.S. Higher Education: Current Policies, Future Directions,” takes an in-depth look at internationalization-related federal policies in the U.S., and includes recommendations to improve their effectiveness.

According to the report, the U.S. needs a broad, well-coordinated set of well-funded initiatives that support comprehensive internationalization of U.S. higher education, rather than an overarching national policy. Increasing inter-agency collaboration and the level of engagement between agencies and the higher education community is needed to foster that level of coordination, the report says.

Internationalizing Higher Education Worldwide: National Policies and Programs,” analyzes the array of government-initiated higher education internationalization programs and policies in place around the world. The report presents examples of different policies and examines issues surrounding their implementation and effectiveness. 

The report recommends that future choices for policy and practice should be informed by the following insights:

  • “We are not alone.” Policymakers and institutional leaders everywhere should pay careful attention to the experiments being undertaken across the globe.
  • Policies, programs and strategies for internationalization should be effectively “internationalized.” There is a fundamental need to shift the focus of internationalization toward the majority of students who do not study abroad.
  • National and institutional policies and practices should be based on a set of core values, such as quality, equity and accountability.

To see the full reports, click here.

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