The Urgent Challenge Facing by University Leaders: Measuring Internationalisation Performance

Yuan GAO
University of Melbourne, Australia
gaoy@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

Higher education has been deeply involved in the process of globalisation and experienced great changes. In order to successfully operate in the globalised higher education landscape, universities worldwide continue to foster a commitment to internationalisation. As internationalisation has become a central concern of universities, more sophisticated information and useful tools are needed to help with mapping and measuring the phenomenon. This article examines how internationalisation is being measured in different universities in Australia and China. Through in-depth interviews with the university and department leaders, the study presents an analysis of the current practice in 15 selected universities in relation to measuring internationalisation performance. The findings of the study shed light on the importance of having assessment of internationalisation as well as the obstacles impede the development of effective measures for it.

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