Globalisation is bringing new opportunities and new challenges for the next generations of academics and students who will be living, working and contributing to an increasingly connected and cooperative world. Academic Institutions can no longer be world-class withough being international. Irrespective of contextual differences within and between countries, nearly all higher education institutions worldwide are engaged in international activities and are seeking to expand them. Engaging with the world is now considered part of the very definition of quality in education and research.
The goals of internationalization are continuously evolving, ranging from educating global citizens, building capacity for research, to generating income from international student tuition fees and the quest to enhance institutional prestige. New forms of internationalization such as branch campuses abroad, distance learning programs with a global reach, international educational hubs and networks now complement traditional initiatives such as student and staff mobility, curriculum change and international institutional linkages for teaching and research.
The many enduring academic benefits of internationalization are widely recognized as fundamental. The most noteworthy include, among many others:
- Improved quality of teaching and learning as well as research.
- Deeper engagement with national, regional, and global issues and stakeholders.
- Better preparation of students as national and global citizens and as productive members of the workforce.
- Access for students to programs that are unavailable or scarce in their home countries.
- Enhanced opportunities for faculty improvement and, through mobility, decreased risk of academic ‘inbreeding’.
- Possibility to participate in international networks to conduct research on pressing issues at home and abroad and benefit from the expertise and perspectives of researchers from many parts of the world. Opportunity to situate institutional performance within the context of international good practice.
- Improved institutional policy-making, governance, student services, outreach, and quality assurance through sharing of experiences across national borders.
SULSA has recruited researchers globally, ensuring the best talent was accessed and new collaborations were generated
SULSA has engaged with EU framework programmes which have delivred EU-wide research programmes of significant value
SULSA will continue to work on internationalisation, to leverage new opportunites in education and research for its member universities.