Conflicting Perspectives on the Internationalization of Higher Education: Evidence from the Turkish Case

The internationalization of higher education (IHE) has become a key policy issue for governments, a research field for scholars, a strategic priority for universities, and a career orientation for administrative staff. Yet, with recent social, political, and economic trends heavily embellished by globalization and neoliberalism, the term IHE has resulted in conflicting perspectives. Although there are numerous analyses on IHE, these analyses seldom focus on conflicts among different constituencies of the university (leaders, academics, administrative staff). This study aims at exploring the perspectives of key constituencies on the common conception and practice of IHE. The study was designed as basic qualitative research in which the data set was collected from four flagship universities in Turkiye. The results indicated a variety of academic, economic, political, and socio-cultural conflicts by different constituencies. These conflicts are mostly related to the association of IHE with neoliberal values while the progressive values remain invisible.


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B. Bulut Şahin and Y. Kondakçı, “Conflicting Perspectives on the Internationalization of Higher Education: Evidence from the Turkish Case,” JOURNAL OF STUDIES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, pp. 0–0, 2022, Accessed: 00, 2022. [Online]. Available: