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June 24


Critically Examining Institutional Internationalization Strategies


Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
: Elizabeth Buckner, Scott Clerk

Colleges and universities around the world increasing recognize internationalization as a strategic priority. However, this new commitment raises important questions about how international engagement is practiced and justified. Internationalization strategies, as discursive artifacts that define and articulate the university’s values and commitments, offer insight onto how internationalization is being done in different contexts.


This 90-minute participatory session will bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss current approaches to internationalization strategies and generate ideas on what research and resources are needed to ensure internationalization strategies better reflect ethical approaches.


Introduction + Goals of the Panel

20 minutes: Preliminary Findings from an Ongoing Research Project

NAMES will present preliminary findings from their research on institutional internationalization strategies. The project will present patterns in what activities institutions in Canada, and around the world, are implementing and what discourses they use to frame internationalization.

25 minutes: Practitioner Experiences

NAME and and 1-2 additional leaders will discuss the process of designing an internationalization strategy and explain what factors they prioritized in designing their strategies and how they made decisions.

25 minutes: Participatory Group Study

In small groups, participants will study internationalization strategies that our team has collected from throughout Canada and over 15 countries. They will discuss and compare strategies to identify innovative activities, discourses, or organization-level practices, and then share out findings to other groups.

15 minutes: Debriefing and Generating Future Directions

Reconvene for discussion of future directions for improving internationalization strategy development and implementation. What research is needed? Are there specific tools or resources that can support internationalization strategy development? How can we share findings with other stakeholder

High Impact Programs Maximizing Strategic Alliances: Working Within A Strategic Framework For Internationalization


Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Facilitators: Jacob Mentz, Maurice Cuypers

This presentation/dialogue will demonstrate strategic frameworks for internationalization, illustrating how aligning operational activities and internationalization activities can support overall institutional goals.

The presentation relates to an actual case from UCL University College – Business program. The case illustrates how original internal operational challenges was addressed while at the same time focusing on spin off effects into internationalization.

The approach is semester planning in a modular context emphasizing on both Internationalization at Home (IaH) and short-term module mobility. The approach allows students from different programs (both English lectured programs as well as from Danish lectured programs) to choose from a mutual number of modular electives bringing both international- and Danish full degree students together in an IaH classroom.

The approach is expanded to include founder international partners from the BELCO Alliance, represented by a Dutch, French and Finish partner. The partners run a similar planned modular semester, allowing all participating programs/partners to exchange on a ”built in” short term module basis. This means that our respective students have a much higher number of electives to choose from, through the offerings of the partners. The short-term modules are all pre-arranged at the home institution, allowing X number of ingoing partner students to participate on a modular basis. This happens on a reciprocal basis.

The presentation furthermore illustrates how the approach and cooperation succeeded in obtaining external funding through a 3 year Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic Partnership project approval. The focus is on how to operationalize the parallel modular semesters with the different involved partners as well as including additional funding for short-term module development.

Future development could/would be to expand the concept thinking into Erasmus+ KA2 – Capacity Building, securing funding and allowing inclusion of partners from outside Europe.

Innovations In Internationalization Assessment


Time: 15:30 - 17:00
Yasmin Razack, Narda Razack, Punita Lumb

This panel is focused on the academic quality of internationalization, and explores topics including but not limited to assessment of internationalization practices for the learning environment, decision-making processes and tools as well as the role of higher education stakeholders in implementing internationalization assessment. Each panelist will share their expertise on internationalization assessment followed by a participatory discussion with the audience. The panelists will share findings from their assessments of internationalization practices for the learning environment, decision-making processes and internationalization teaching and learning strategies. Participants will also discuss opportunities to engage higher education professionals in internationalization, with a specific focus on the role of faculty in implementing internationalization teaching and learning strategies. Moreover, they will share learnings from internationalization assessments conducted with students. By facilitating a rich dialogue on internationalization assessment, the panelists will encourage deeper reflection on the impact of internationalization on academic quality.

By the end of the session, participants will:

• Discuss internationalization assessment as it relates to best practices, decision-making processes and teaching and learning strategies; 

• Recognize opportunities and strategies to engage higher education stakeholders, namely faculty and students, in internationalization assessments; and 

• Identify internationalization assessment processes to advance the integration of innovative teaching and learning tools that develop the global graduate.


June 25


International Strategic Partnerships For Transformative Institutional Value


Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Facilitator: Hana Fehrenbach

International strategic partnerships at the institutional-level play an important role in the transformation of higher education institutions. By fostering a diverse set of values for internationalization, strategic partnerships ensure the institution’s long-term sustainable advantage. While the dynamic capabilities conceptual framework from strategic management sheds light on how international partnerships are expected to develop strategically, neo-institutional theory explains why institutions of higher education pursue these types of partnerships. Both lenses offer an analytical framework to interpret the empirical findings based on interviews from five research-intensive technical institutions, as well as expert interviews from stakeholders responsible for promoting and those funding internationalization in Germany. Through a case study approach, the study exposes and explains the gaps that tend to impede institutional transformative value through international strategic partnerships.

My abstract highlights the content, which will be covered at the session. I think it is timely to discuss the value of international strategic partnerships, especially because they concern academics and practitioners alike within institutions, but also policy-makers, who fund and lobby for them on the other hand. The discussion will be based on my empirical research and results, and grounded and interpreted through conceptual/theoretical lenses. My research project connects to many of the conference themes: internationalization, ensuring institutional long-term sustainability, and the strategic partners’ value proposition, also in terms of their contribution to the so-called “third mission”. I chose the format as it is interactive, with the presentation serving to jumpstart the conversation. It also offers variety, a chance for reflection and discussion, and requires active engagement from the participants.

Green Washing Internationalization: A Conversation About Making Internationalization More Sustainable


Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Facilitators: Kumari Beck, Desire Yamutuale

1) On Devising An Ecological Framework For Internationalization - Kumari Beck

This session features findings from a SSHRC-funded study on critical internationalization, analyzed through the lens of a framework for sustainability of internationalization.  It engages with the question: what does the internationalization of higher education in times of globalization sustain and what should it sustain? We first consider, through literature on globalization, the limitations of currently prevalent perspectives on internationalization in economic terms. We then offer a brief review of how sustainability is understood in higher education and articulate our own notion of and framework for educational sustainability, and develop an approach that could assess the educational sustainability of internationalization in relation to its human, institutional, and educational costs and benefits. The term ‘sustainability’ in our research is used to denote possibilities for complex holistic interconnections and relations between students, teachers, and curriculum within which power relations are recognized and difference valued. When and if realized, these holistic interconnections represent a dialogic relationality between variously situated actors and educational resources within a given setting. The sustainability lens that we propose for analyzing internationalization in higher education espouses an ecological perspective on the concept of sustainability that draws attention to the actual experiences of human beings involved in internationalization, the complex relations and potential mutual effects they may have on each other, as well as the dynamic nature of all these processes and interactions. We illustrate the usefulness of the framework with data from the study of internationalization in one university, reflecting ideas and activities constitutive of daily practices of internationalization across different units and faculties, and among students, faculty and staff. We contend that our sustainability framework can expand opportunities to think critically about internationalization and, more importantly, to see internationalization in its complexity. We demonstrate how it allows us to re-think practices that are not in alignment with educational goals and values, and invite participants at the session to begin re-imagining specific practices relating to student services, curriculum, and programming based on principles of sustainability that we have outlined in the session.

2) Internationalization Or The Pursuit For Educational Elitism - Desire Yamutuale

In the last three decades, there has been an increasing trend for universities to expand their academic activities within and beyond their national borders, thereby catering to an international and diversified student population (clientele). Although driven by economic motives (expediency), this emergence and popularization of international activities, termed internationalization of higher education, has ignited hope for the prospect of a world that embraces cosmopolitan values as quintessential to human interactions on earth (Tarc, 2013). However, many scholars remark that these humanistic prospects have been swallowed by neoliberal expediency which continues to unravel elitist underpinnings as the driving force for internationalization activities (Beck, 2012). In this paper, I intend to highlight the problematic issue of access to internationalization activities, and to higher education in general, as impeding the prospects for sustainable cosmopolitan world. I therefore deal with the following questions: How can access to internationalization be improved for groups that have traditionally been marginalized from internationalization activities? How do we know if internationalization is working for students? This study is drawn from my doctoral research which was based on interviews with students, administrators and scholars working in the area of international double degree programs. This paper will be presented in a round-table format. Participants will be invited to discuss and troubleshoot some cases for potential pedagogical practice and policy suggestions.

Internationalization For Impact: Using The Impact + Exercise To Assess And Plan Internationalization Activities


Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Facilitators: Alenka Flander

The aim of the exercise is to train participants on identifying sources, experiences, examples etc. to shape sustainable futures for internationalization in higher education. The exercise is called the Impact+ Exercise and will guide participants through the process of identifying their intended internationalization impacts, discussing and choosing indicators and selecting appropriate data sources. The workshop will guide participants with advice and tips using also the guide provided to support this activity. It will be useful to anyone involved in running an education and training projects and initiatives, it helps all managing parties to judge whether project has been successful or not, to what extent and in what way. The exercise is intended to help institutions, practitioners and policy makers to think about what their impact will be, how they will measure it and how they will collect data to evidence it. It aims to act as a starting point for discussions about impact which will lead to the outline of an impact assessment plan. It will provide workshop participants to be able to review and refine their existing impact plans and to design and implement their data collection methods. Participants will get the Impact+ Exercise materials as well as a workshop guide if they would like to use the methodology further. They will also be provided by a video guide explaining how it works and is available with subtitles in English and several other languages. This Impact+ Exercise was developed as part of a Transnational Cooperation Activity project of Erasmus+ program, led by the United Kingdom (Ecorys) and Slovene (CMEPIUS) Erasmus+ National Agency. The workshop will encourage interactions between researchers, policymakers and practitioners and will lead to the creation of shareable resources.