Researchers say Universities Should Pursue “Mission Over Movement” with Internationalization

Source: University World News via Academica | July 17, 2014

PSE institutions have yet to realize the potential of internationalization, says an article published in University World News. Rahul Choudaha and Eduardo Contreras argue that institutions have not paid due attention to what they describe as “two extremes of the internationalization process.” They say that PSE leaders have not adapted the definition of internationalization to their institutional missions and contexts; the researchers also claim that insufficient work has been done to assess the impact of internationalization on the campus community. Choudaha and Contreras recommend that universities pursue “mission over movement” in order to “focus on the substance of internationalization… over the perceived glory of goals that do not fit the mission of their institutions.” They also advocate more systematic data collection in order to better assess the impact of internationalization and to inform internationalization strategies.