• Kalyani Unkule
Part of the Spirituality, Religion, and Education book series (SPRE)


The internationalisation project has been subject to the same influences that have informed the evolution of global higher education. This chapter sets out the ways in which internationalisation was conceived and implemented at various stages to serve the ends of diplomacy and the market economy. The history of internationalisation is unfortunately a saga of instrumentalisation. To find traces of the original mission of intercivilisational dialogue in action, the cultural exchanges between China and India are revisited. Through these stories we find evidence of the impact of religion and the quest for spiritual nourishment not only on higher education but also on its internationalisation. The manifestations of internationalisation in curriculum development, teaching, and learning as well as study abroad are discussed. Lastly, measures that help us understand the impact of our internationalisation practices are critically assessed. Naming the chapter “Jian’ai” is an expression of the hope that internationalisation practice will once again resume its mission of promoting universal love.


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  • Kalyani Unkule
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  1. 1.O. P. Jindal Global UniversityDelhiIndia

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