The lure of internationalization

Paradoxical discourses of transnational student mobility, linguistic diversity and cross-cultural exchange

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This paper scrutinizes a set of paradoxes arising from a mismatch between contemporary discourses that praise and promote mobility in and internationalisation of higher education, and the everyday effects of mobility and internationalisation on university teaching and learning practice. We begin with a general characterization of the discourse of mobility and internationalization in a European context, and then turn to Denmark as a specific case in which we unfold and discuss three paradoxes in turn: internationalization and linguistic pluralism, internationalization and intercultural understanding, and, finally, internationalization and competitiveness. We then link our deconstruction of the three paradoxes to a critique of the concept of ‘parallel language policy’, widely promoted in the Nordic context, and show how it in effect undermines the ideals of internationalisation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftHigher Education
Vol/bind73
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)577-595
Antal sider19
ISSN0018-1560
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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