Higher Education

, Volume 66, Issue 5, pp 619–633 | Cite as

Being highly internationalised strengthens your reputation: an empirical investigation of top higher education institutions

  • Blanca L. Delgado-MárquezEmail author
  • M. Ángeles Escudero-Torres
  • Nuria E. Hurtado-Torres


In an educational context characterised by globalisation, reputation constitutes a crucial issue for today’s higher education institutions. Internationalisation of higher education is often seen as a potential response to globalisation and, consequently, higher education has become increasingly internationalised during the past decade. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between internationalisation and reputation in top higher education institutions. Results reveal that internationalisation positively influences a university’s reputation but also moderates the relationship between the institution’s reputation and its institutional performance with regard to research quality, teaching quality and graduate employability.


Internationalisation Reputation Higher education University rankings 



Authors are thankful to two anonymous referees for the valuable comments received to improve prior versions of this paper as well as for the financial support provided by the Regional Government of Andalusia (project SEJ-6765).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blanca L. Delgado-Márquez
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Ángeles Escudero-Torres
    • 2
  • Nuria E. Hurtado-Torres
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of International and Spanish EconomicsGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Business and ManagementGranadaSpain

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