Academic Mobility, Inequities in Opportunity and Experience
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In this chapter, “academic mobility” specifically refers to international study abroad. While “academic mobility” can encompass a broader range of international education activities and include faculty and staff, the focus of this chapter utilizes a more narrow definition to briefly exemplify ways that international higher education is not equal or neutral.
Internationalization is not neutral. While the stated intentions about internationalization tend to incorporate values toward promoting goodwill for all, such as developing global citizenship and building diplomacy, the realities in an unequal world can be very different. The most common form of internationalization in higher education involves student mobility. In this chapter, we will address three key questions: How is the world “unequal” in terms of academic mobility? How is this a problem? What can/should we do about it?
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