Enablers and Constrainers of Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions: A Case Study from Portugal

  • Anabela MesquitaEmail author
  • Olímpio Castilho
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In this chapter, we describe a case of a situation from a higher education school from the biggest Portuguese Polytechnic that, despite all constraints, was able to advance with a project of internationalization about 10 years ago. Slowly, it was able to establish contacts, build a network, and promote its courses, experience, and resources internationally. There were difficulties in this process, but the institution always managed to overcome them. Using a qualitative methodology – interviews with the key persons in this process – it was possible to identify the enablers and constrainers of this process. Lessons learned can help other institutions plan and manage an internationalization process, as well as overcome the difficulties such process entails.


Case study Portugal Internationalization Higher education Enabling and constraining factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEOS.PP – ISCAP/Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal

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