Internationalising higher education in Australia: A multidisciplinary analysis, and the University of Melbourne experience

Visiting guest to the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education A/Prof  Teofilo C Daquila will present "Internationalising Higher Education in Australia: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, and the University of Melbourne Experience"

This seminar is part of my book project that aims to examine the internationalisation of higher education (IHE) in Australia, Japan and Singapore. Knight (2008) provides an updated working definition of internationalisation considering the changes in the rationales, the providers, the stakeholders, and the activities of internationalisation”, the need for it “to be understood both at the national/sector level and also the institutional level”, the need for it to apply ‘to many different countries, cultures and education systems’ and ‘appropriate for use in a broad range of contexts and for comparative purposes across countries and regions of the world.’ In her own words: “Internationalisation at the national/sector/institutional level is the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education at the institutional and national levels”. In my study, I argue that the rapid expansion of international students in the world is attributed to the interplay between global, national and local forces, and between immigration and education policy.  In this seminar, I focus on IHE in Australia and is divided into two parts. In the first part, I provide an overview of the trends and patterns of IHE in Australia, and an analysis of its historical, geographical, economic, and social/cultural dimensions. In the second part, I discuss the University of Melbourne as a case study of its experiences, strategies and challenges to expand and deepen its internationalisation. It concludes with the key points and future directions of IHE in Australia and the University of Melbourne particularly due to the strong global competition for international students as national, regional and global borders become more open.