Responding to external change: the case of Dutch internationalisation

Classroom 3 April 26, 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Frans Snijders

HEIs all over the world have to respond to changes in their political, social and economic environment. First and foremost this involves changes at the strategic level. In actual practice the implementation of change at the operational level of HEIs proves to be far more difficult, and may impede the success of a new strategy.

The above will be illustrated by very recent developments in the Netherlands and beyond. The internationalization activities of our sector have for a long time drawn the attention of politics and society in a very positive sense. Internationalization was seen as a beneficial development for students, the economy, culture, for everybody….

Today, this is different. HEIs are confronted with debates on the shortage in student housing due to all the internationals, on the teaching language of many of their programs that turned to English, of pushing national students out of capped programs, of having to teach more students from within the same national budget.

Dutch HEIs are in the process of responding to this, primarily still at the strategic level. People working in internationalization of HEIs are often involved in advising their boards on new strategies, but will be more seriously involved when it comes to implementation.

Type of session: (Interactive) Presentation

Requirements: None