Internationalization in Turkish Higher Education from the Neo-Institutionalism Perspective

In recent years, internationalization is one of the core concepts that has started to affect higher educationsystems. One of the reasons of the growing interest in internationalization in higher education is that theinstitutions are adopting similar popular policies. As the neo-institutionalism theory foresees, institutions tend tofollow and closely resemble the institutions in their environment, in order to maintain their legitimacy. In otherwords, the reason for internationalization, from the neo-institutionalist point of view, is to resemble theirsurroundings and other universities. The aim of this study is to analyze similarities between theinternationalization strategies of the universities, which are the institutional actors of the Turkish highereducation system. As the research method, document analysis method was used and the strategic plan documentsand vision statements of 44 state and foundation universities selected from various geographical regions wereexamined in terms of their manner of use of the concept of internationalization. The results show that theuniversities in the study have similar expressions about internationalization in both their strategic goals and theirvision statements. While the student and faculty mobility continue to be the top strategic targets in Turkishuniversities, strategic plans included 28 different internationalization purposes.


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B. Bulut Şahin, “Internationalization in Turkish Higher Education from the Neo-Institutionalism Perspective,” presented at the Uluslararası Eğiitm Yönetimi Kongresi, 12 - 14 Mayıs 2016, İzmir, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: