New Perspectives on Internationalization and Competitiveness

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Higher Education Internationalization: Why Governments Care

  • Jason E. LaneAffiliated withState University of New York at Albany Email author 

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Internationalization of higher education, once of interest primarily of college and university leaders, is increasingly garnering attention among government leaders and other policy makers. As globalization leads nations to become increasingly interconnected in economic, cultural, and political modalities, higher education has emerged as critical connecting point. Colleges and universities facilitate the mobility of students and scholars, serve as vehicles of public diplomacy, and support economic competitiveness. This chapter explores the ways in which colleges and universities as international actors and describes the ways in which governments engage with the internationalization of higher education.