Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions

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Internationalization of Higher Education, Africa

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_230-1


Internationalization is “the process of integrating the international, intercultural or global dimension in the purpose, function and delivery of post secondary education” Knight (2008: p x–xi), a definition of internationalization that is widely accepted.

Internationalization finds expression through travel abroad by students, faculty engaged in collaborative research and publishing, signing of memoranda of understanding between foreign institutions, when satellite campuses or franchise private providers are established across borders, and when countries work towards a common frame of reference such as harmonizing credentials, or attract foreign faculty to their campus (Knight and Teferrar 2008). Internationalization can take place either at home and consists of incorporating intercultural and international dimensions into the curriculum, teaching, research, and extracurricular activities. It assists students develop international and intercultural skills without ever...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE)Moi UniversityEldoretKenya

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans De Wit
    • 1
  • Laura Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.