Comprehensive internationalization

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Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action

This publication presents a thorough introduction to the emerging imperative of a broader scope and scale of internationalization. Beyond "campus internationalization," comprehensive internationalization can be the organizing paradigm for institutions as a whole, academic departments, or professional programs. This publication intends to offer presidents, provosts, deans, and international education professionals in both student services and academic disciplines fodder for thoughtful consideration of the challenges and potential pathways toward comprehensive internationalization.

Authors: John Hudzik.

Hudzik, J. K. (2011). Comprehensive internationalization: From Concept to Action. Washington, DC: NAFSA, The Association of International Educators. Download

This publication explores the imperative of internationalization, particularly the emerging idea of comprehensive internationalization (CI). CI is an organizing paradigm to think holistically about higher education internationalization and how internationalization is evolving in the early twenty-first century in the United States to involve widening sets of objectives and people on and off campus.The purpose is not to prescribe a particular model or set of objectives, but to recognize a diversity of approaches to CI allowing each institution to choose its own path and its particular contribution consistent with its missions, clientèle, programs, resources, and values. This publication explores the meanings, elements, and methods of CI and advocates diversity in approach, as well as examines the organizational dynamics of pursuing both.

Definition of Comprehensive Internationalization
Comprehensive internationalization is a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout the teaching, research, and service missions of higher education. It shapes institutional ethos and values and touches the entire higher education enterprise. It is essential that it be embraced by institutional leadership, governance, faculty, students, and all academic service and support units. It is an institutional imperative, not just a desirable possibility. Comprehensive internationalization not only impacts all of campus life but the institution’s external frames of reference, partnerships, and relations. The global reconfiguration of economies, systems of trade, research, and communication, and the impact of global forces on local life, dramatically expand the need for comprehensive internationalization and the motivations and purposes driving it.


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