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Internationalisation at Home in a Global Perspective: A Critical Survey of the 3rd Global Survey Report of IAU

La internacionalización en casa en una perspectiva global: un estudio critico del Informe del Estudio Global de la AIU


This article takes the 3rd Global Survey Report of the International Association of Universities (IAU) as a starting point. The results of this worldwide survey were published in September 2010. The article discusses four questions from the survey that include Internationalisation at Home (IaH) and internationalisation of the curriculum as response items. Outcomes of these four questions are commented on and, where relevant and possible, compared to the results of the previous survey, which was conducted in 2005 and published in 2006. It is argued that the sections of the Global Survey that mention internationalisation of the curriculum and IaH use terminology that is not always adequate for the purpose and at times even seems contradictory. The Global Survey includes a question on internal obstacles to internationalisation, which will also be discussed here. These obstacles include the lack of engagement and limited expertise of academic staff in relation to the internationalisation process. The response items for this question do not connect these obstacles to internationalisation of the curriculum explicitly, but it is argued here that a relationship indeed exists. The same is true for issues around foreign language proficiency, which may have a strong impact on internationalisation of the home curriculum. In the conclusion, several additional questions are raised that could serve to get a clearer picture of the development of internationalisation of the curriculum in a global perspective.


Este artículo toma como punto de partida el Informe del Estudio Global de la Asociación International de Universidades (AIU). Los resultados de este estudio a escala mundial se publicaron en septembre del 2010. El artículo trata cuatro cuestiones del estudio que incluyen la internacionalización en casa (IeC) y la internacionalización del plan de estudios como ítems de respuesta. Se comentan los resultados de estas cuatro cuestiones y, cuando es relevante y posible, se comparan con los resultados del estudio previo, que se llevó a cabo en el 2005 y se publicó en el 2006. Se comenta que las secciones del Estudio Global que mencionan la internationalización del plan de estudios y la IeC utilizan una terminología que no siempre es adecuada para el propósito y a veces incluso parece contradictoria. El Estudio Global incluye una cuestión sobre obstáculos internos a la internacionalización, que también se tratarán aquá. Estos obstáculos incluyen la falta de compromiso y la pericia limitada del personal académico en relación con el proceso de internacionalización. Los átems de respuesta para esta cuestión no conectan estos obstáculos a la internacionalización del plan de estudios explícitamente, pero se admite que esta relación existe realmente. Lo mismo ocurre para cuestiones sobre la competencia en lengua extranjera, que podrían tener un fuerte impacto en la internacionalización del plan de estudios doméstico. En conclusión, se exponen varias cuestiones adicionales que podrían servir para obtener una imagen del desarrollo de la internacionalización del plan de estudios en una perspectiva global.


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Beelen, J. Internationalisation at Home in a Global Perspective: A Critical Survey of the 3rd Global Survey Report of IAU. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 8, 249–264 (2011).

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