Mobility and Governance: Towards an Internationalised Higher Education?

  • Xianlin Song
  • Greg McCarthy
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


The mobility of higher education highlights the multiplicity of knowledge systems; equally, it evokes the urgent need to develop conceptual frameworks, which adequately explain the internationalising effects of global education mobility in the epistemological spaces of contemporary universities. This chapter maps out a range of theoretical developments, which suggest ways forward that can benefit from the heterogeneous character of mobility whilst recognising there are borderlines drawn on how to reconceptualise mobility in terms of global justice. The chapter argues that internationalised “eduscape” must be grounded in both a plurality of knowledges and the ethics of cognitive justice. A truly global university should regard students, wherever they come from, as social and cultural as well as economic beings, capitalise on international students’ multilingual and multicultural competencies, and offer them equal access to quality-oriented education. Governing policies of international students should facilitate the higher education sector to build a platform of internationalising affect and effect on campus.


Racialised eduscape Border-crossing Cognitive justice Knowledge plurality Internationalising 


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  • Greg McCarthy
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