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An exploration of the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Ireland

Kelly, Nicholas (2012) An exploration of the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The internationalisation of higher education has changed many times in terms of what it means for 3rd level education institutions and national governments. It has been a reactor to government funding levels throughout the western world and it has gained momentum to keep pace with globalisation. Yet as Internationalisation matures, according to (Knight 2011, p 14) “it has also become a more confused and misunderstood concept as it becomes firmly embedded in institutional mission statements, policies, and strategies, as well as national frameworks”.

This research investigates the attempts to understand internationalisation in Ireland, by expanding on previous research and applying it to the Irish 3rd level sector. By using questionnaires and interviews, the researcher was able to explore what it means for these institutions to be internationalised. It was also possible to visualise the current levels and ideal levels of internationalisation associated with each institution.

The results of this research have shown similar problems and levels of understanding, when compared to the literature review. It is also suggested that benchmarking may positively influence the development of internationalisation in Ireland.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions > Globalisation
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 12:27
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2013 12:28

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