2 thoughts on “W13- Global Students and Institutions

  1. Hi Melissa,

    Thanks for your post. I was also glad that the authors of the Bridges to the Future reading started off by asking important clarifying questions about what it means to be a global university or a global citizen. I like how they not only cautioned institutions against “the ‘expert syndrome’ of providing answers rather than seeking to learn,” but also asked various questions themselves relating to necessary competencies to be considered global, the connection to an institutional mission, and assessment of student outcomes (p 459). This relates to another one of De Wit’s publications in the other reading about catch phrases or buzzwords like “world-class university” or “comprehensive internationalization.” These words sound nice and it is very easy for universities to use them in websites or mission statements without truly understanding the depth of their meaning and following through with the necessary investment of time and effort to actually fulfill those lofty goals.

  2. I agree that there is a big pull for international higher education within institutions that have means to evolve globally. The reading made it clear that funding is a key factor for the future of IHE. In the course of the semester and through the last panel i understood that the need for IHE starts with the care of universities to evolve globally. I still very much think that the success of IHE in the U.S is based on policy and the active hands of international higher education practitioners.

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