Leadership and Cooperation in Academia
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Leadership and Cooperation in Academia

Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management

Edited by Roger Sugden, Marcela Valania and James R. Wilson

Across the world academic institutions are being questioned by their stakeholders and pressured to change. Answering these questions requires that academics and professional managers in universities think about their work, its value and organisation. The book highlights the need for space and stimulus to reflect on the responsibilities, roles and expectations that they identify for themselves, and that others place upon them – then, they might be better able to understand and to act. Similarly, policymakers and higher education commentators need the space and stimulus to reflect on the role of universities. This book will provide this space and an invaluable contribution to the stimulus.
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Chapter 11: The global reach of universities: leading and engaging academic and support staff in the internationalization of higher education

Reflecting on the Roles and Responsibilities of University Faculty and Management

Elspeth Jones


Universities today must reach across national boundaries beyond traditional approaches to the dissemination of knowledge and ideas. Globalization, intensifying competition in international education, mobile students, institutional rankings and stakeholder demand are just some of the compelling drivers for international engagement. These distinct economic and stakeholder pressures are becoming progressively more powerful, with the result that the concept of internationalization has ‘moved from the fringe of institutional interest to the very core’ (Brandenburg and de Wit 2010: 31) and it is now an ‘institutional imperative, not just a desirable possibility’ (Hudzik 2011: 7). The field of internationalization practice and research is emerging as a meta-discipline, with its literature informing differing levels and types of strategy and engagement both at institutional level and within individual subject disciplines. It is no longer sufficient for university leaders to frame their international engagement through uni-dimensional interpretations of internationalization such as student mobility, international recruitment or research partnerships.

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