Commentary to Part IV: Institutional Identities in Flux: Internationalisation and Elite Making in Higher Education

  • Aline Courtois


This commentary chapter concludes part IV by highlighting the contribution of chapters 17 and 18 to our understanding of internationalisation and elite-making in education. Both chapters examine internationalising practices as they play out within third-level elite institutions, in Germany and France respectively. The particular attention paid to institutional processes allows the authors to shed light on how existing patterns of elite distinction and internationalisation relate to each other, interact, amplify or contradict each other within these settings. They also help understand the specific dynamics that differentiate higher education from other levels of education systems; and how these contribute to and legitimate the production of ‘global elites’ through education. The chapter concludes by examining whether these processes may, or may not, disrupt existing hierarchies at national and international level.


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  • Aline Courtois
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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