Quality Assurance and Internationalization, Higher Education

  • Hans de WitEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_265-1

The relationship between quality and internationalization is best defined in the definition of internationalization itself: “The intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff and to make a meaningful contribution to society” (De Wit et al. 2015, p. 29). In this definition the misconception that internationalization is a goal in itself, and not a means to enhance the quality of research and education, is clearly articulated. This is relevant to emphasize, as the perceived quality of internationalization is strongly related to rankings, reputation, revenue generation, and mobility. One could even say that internationalization and its quality are seen in many cases as synonymous with the position of universities in the rankings, which are disproportionately concerned with such indicators as the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans de Wit
    • 1
  • Laura E. 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.