Utrecht, Netherlands

Internationalisation Challenged – Rethinking Global Higher Education

blended course
when 16 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 600

The changing world order is affecting higher education. Universities are urged to think about the nature of their international partnerships and the academic values they wish to defend. And most importantly about how they prepare their students for this 21st century world. International higher education has always been inherently associated with internationalism, fostering mutual understanding and (global) peace. Universities have virtually all engaged in internationalisation, some even embraced global mission statements. Internationalisation has become an important dimension of higher education indeed, but is it up to the challenges ahead?

Topics to be discussed include key challenges for higher education:

- How can higher education's international agenda and the global open science system be protected against geopolitical tensions?
- How to configure collaboration in the new geo-politics of HE? How to move internationalisation beyond the dichotomy of a western industry model and a version “with Chinese characteristics”?
- How to overcome lack of knowledge about other regions (e.g. China) and how to avoid national(istic) lenses from both ends? How to overcome issues in the methodology of the disciplines that mostly shape the human mind?
- How can differences in internationalisation between disciplines (STEM and SSH) be understood? Are effective practices and values really shared?
- How capable are students in finding nuance, overcoming value judgements, approaching big questions and ethical issues from different perspectives? How can HE help them to develop intellectual humility and understanding of the validity of other people’s perspectives? Develop empathy?
- How can normative and regulative pillars in EU and international law be brought together to support higher education collaboration? How can international collaboration be sustained under conditions of increasing security risks, without jeopardizing institutional autonomy, academic freedom, and human rights?

This course will build on the international project on the New Silk Road’s implications for higher education cooperation between China and Europe, with various of the top-scholars involved in the project among the lecturers.

This is a hybrid course. You can join both on-site as well as online.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende

Target group

This course is essential for students and scholars from China, Europe, and beyond, to enhance their understanding of the major shifts underway in global higher education and to provide a basis for building joint perspectives on future directions for internationalisation.

Level: Graduate students (advanced / research masters and PhD) and young researchers interested in a global perspective on higher education.

Course aim

This course aims to explore how changing geo-politics are affecting academic cooperation and how higher education contributes to generating knowledge and educating future generations for a global future.

Fee info

EUR 600: course + course materials.
EUR 400: Student fee

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