The lure of internationalization

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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHigher Education
Volume73
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)577-595
Number of pages19
ISSN0018-1560
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Internationalisation
  • higher education
  • language policy
  • Denmark

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In: Higher Education, Vol. 73, No. 4, 2017, p. 577-595.

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