Internationalisation as a strategy to improve the quality of higher education in small states: Stakeholder perspectives in Lithuania

Jolanta Urbanovič, Stephen Wilkins

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Assumptions have developed around the benefits of internationalisation; for example, that it promotes cultural integration and harmony, improves the quality of education and research, and improves country and institutional reputations internationally. A range of coercive, normative and mimetic influences have pushed most small states with mass or universal higher education systems to embrace the concept of internationalisation. By adopting a stakeholder analysis approach in one small state-Lithuania-this research investigates the successes, failures and challenges of internationalisation in improving the quality of higher education provision. It was found that internationalisation can present both opportunities and challenges to small states. However, the overwhelming consensus among the range of stakeholders who participated in this study was that the benefits of internationalisation far outweigh the threats and disadvantages. The paper concludes with a set of generalisable recommendations for small states that possess mass or universal higher education systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-396
Number of pages24
JournalHigher Education Policy
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Fingerprint

small state
Lithuania
internationalization
stakeholder
education
education system
cultural integration
reputation
threat

Keywords

  • higher education
  • internationalisation
  • Lithuania
  • quality
  • small states
  • stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{6558929eb16c4bf19f94c480f4cf54ad,
title = "Internationalisation as a strategy to improve the quality of higher education in small states: Stakeholder perspectives in Lithuania",
abstract = "Assumptions have developed around the benefits of internationalisation; for example, that it promotes cultural integration and harmony, improves the quality of education and research, and improves country and institutional reputations internationally. A range of coercive, normative and mimetic influences have pushed most small states with mass or universal higher education systems to embrace the concept of internationalisation. By adopting a stakeholder analysis approach in one small state-Lithuania-this research investigates the successes, failures and challenges of internationalisation in improving the quality of higher education provision. It was found that internationalisation can present both opportunities and challenges to small states. However, the overwhelming consensus among the range of stakeholders who participated in this study was that the benefits of internationalisation far outweigh the threats and disadvantages. The paper concludes with a set of generalisable recommendations for small states that possess mass or universal higher education systems.",
keywords = "higher education, internationalisation, Lithuania, quality, small states, stakeholders",
author = "Jolanta Urbanovič and Stephen Wilkins",
year = "2013",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1057/hep.2013.6",
language = "English",
volume = "26",
pages = "373--396",
journal = "Higher Education Policy",
issn = "0952-8733",
publisher = "Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Internationalisation as a strategy to improve the quality of higher education in small states

T2 - Stakeholder perspectives in Lithuania

AU - Urbanovič, Jolanta

AU - Wilkins, Stephen

PY - 2013/9

Y1 - 2013/9

N2 - Assumptions have developed around the benefits of internationalisation; for example, that it promotes cultural integration and harmony, improves the quality of education and research, and improves country and institutional reputations internationally. A range of coercive, normative and mimetic influences have pushed most small states with mass or universal higher education systems to embrace the concept of internationalisation. By adopting a stakeholder analysis approach in one small state-Lithuania-this research investigates the successes, failures and challenges of internationalisation in improving the quality of higher education provision. It was found that internationalisation can present both opportunities and challenges to small states. However, the overwhelming consensus among the range of stakeholders who participated in this study was that the benefits of internationalisation far outweigh the threats and disadvantages. The paper concludes with a set of generalisable recommendations for small states that possess mass or universal higher education systems.

AB - Assumptions have developed around the benefits of internationalisation; for example, that it promotes cultural integration and harmony, improves the quality of education and research, and improves country and institutional reputations internationally. A range of coercive, normative and mimetic influences have pushed most small states with mass or universal higher education systems to embrace the concept of internationalisation. By adopting a stakeholder analysis approach in one small state-Lithuania-this research investigates the successes, failures and challenges of internationalisation in improving the quality of higher education provision. It was found that internationalisation can present both opportunities and challenges to small states. However, the overwhelming consensus among the range of stakeholders who participated in this study was that the benefits of internationalisation far outweigh the threats and disadvantages. The paper concludes with a set of generalisable recommendations for small states that possess mass or universal higher education systems.

KW - higher education

KW - internationalisation

KW - Lithuania

KW - quality

KW - small states

KW - stakeholders

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84882283039&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84882283039&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1057/hep.2013.6

DO - 10.1057/hep.2013.6

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84882283039

VL - 26

SP - 373

EP - 396

JO - Higher Education Policy

JF - Higher Education Policy

SN - 0952-8733

IS - 3

ER -