Knowledge Diplomacy and Worldview Diversity Education: Applications for an Internationalized Higher Education Sector
This chapter presents a new angle of analysis on the phenomenon of rapidly increasing student mobility by applying the lenses of “knowledge diplomacy” (Knight in International Higher Education 80: 8–9, 2015) and “worldview diversity education” (Ilisko in Re-Enchanting Education and Spiritual Wellbeing: Fostering Belonging and Meaning-Making for Global Citizens. Routledge, New York, 2017; Mayhew et al. in The Journal of Higher Education 85 (2): 219–245, 2014). In current discourse around the internationalization of higher education, the concepts of soft power and global market competitiveness have become predominant reasons for pursuing increased student mobility (Knight in International Higher Education 80: 8–9, 2015). As an alternative, this chapter will discuss the potential and the responsibility of higher education, through internationalization efforts, to promote understanding of differences in worldview and to temper the recent resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia we are witnessing across the globe.
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