Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions

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Internationalization of Higher Education, European Policies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_225-1



Internationalization in higher education has been defined in different ways over the years. Jane Knight, one of the foremost researchers in this field, provided the following definition: “Internationalization at the national, sector, and institutional levels is defined as the process of integrating an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of postsecondary education” (Knight 2003).

The European Commission has a number of internationalization policies, including (1) “policy dialogues” with specific regions and countries to promote European higher education, support partners outside the EU, and support the international exchange of good practice; (2) “European higher education in the world,” which promote mobility and cooperation between EU and non-EU countries; and (3) “Making the EU more attractive for foreign students” by promoting such activities as joint...


European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) European Higher Education European University Association (EUA) European Cooperation Programme Shaping National Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University Association (EUA)BrusselsBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans De Wit
    • 1
  • Laura Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.