European Parliament study on internationalisation of higher education

The European Parliament Committee on Culture and Education commissioned a study on internationalisation of higher education. The EAIE was part of the research project consortium.

Status: Finalised
Period: May 2014–July 2015

The study

The objective of the study was to scrutinise internationalisation (strategies) in higher education on an institutional, national, European and global level. In addition to reviewing different approaches to internationalisation, the study examines what the field of internationalisation should strive for and provides recommendations for policy making.  

The study covers nine EU and seven non-EU countries; namely France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK, as well as Australia, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, and the USA.

Together with the International Association for Universities (IAU), the EAIE contributed to the study led by Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) primarily through the European and national results of the EAIE Barometer: Internationalisation in Europe.

The results

Internationalisation appears to be on the rise in all corners of the world, but a focus on quality should be the next step that allows for the field to truly flourish. A serious focus on internationalisation of the curriculum at home has the potential to have a much greater societal impact than mobility alone, as its efforts are concentrated on the vast majority of non-mobile students. Finally, digital and transnational learning are some of the key innovative directions that the field is taking in order to continue to grow and promote inclusion.