Ethnocentrism & cultural relativism

According to Wikipedia ethnocentrism is the act of judging another culture based on preconceptions that are found in the values and standards of one's own culture. In the field of intercultural communication this is a major subject. Why? Well, because most of us can only respond to what we perceive based on our own frame…

Measuring the success

After my recent blogs on internationalisation in higher education, the next step naturally seems to be is looking at how we can measure the success of internationalisation in higher education. One way to do this is by looking at the outcomes and impacts of internationalisation. A recent research by Hudzik and Stohl addresses this subject…

Employability & international experience

For the 2018 EAIE Conference Starter Paul Blackmore wrote an article called “Building bridges between employability and international experiences in higher education”. A subject that is very important at the moment, as it is in high demand. Therefore, if we want to provide enhanced employment prospects for our students, international experience is a must. The…

Lingua franca of internationalisation

In my last blog I wrote about mental health among international students. In this blog I will continue on the subject by adding aspects of language and identity. The lingua franca of internationalisation in higher education is English. More and more universities wonder if this is the correct approach, being afraid that the national language…

Rethinking adaptation

In this series of blogs on internationalisation in higher education mental health among international students is an important subject. For example, how do students handle culture shock, the acculturative stress and adaptation challenges? Jessica Price wrote an interesting article about this subject. She says that despite the fact that many universities see these subjects as…

Trends in internationalisation

In my last blog I discussed reasons for internationalisation based on the EAIE Barometer. In this blog I would like to further explore this subject by looking at trends in internationalisation in higher education. First, let me say that I fully understand that there are many aspects influencing these trends. For example the type of institutional…

Reasons for internationalisation in higher education

At the moment 1 in 8 students in the Netherlands comes from abroad. These international students make up a big part of the student population and therefore to me it’s interesting to see the reason behind internationalisation in higher education. What’s in it for the institutions for example? A research by the EAIE Barometer shows…