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The British Council’s newest study ‘The Shape of Global Higher Education’, launched at the annual summit in Cape Town this month, provides the first comparative framework for evaluating the varying strengths and weaknesses of different countries’ policy environments, that shape higher education and internationalization.
The report examines the policy and regulatory arenas of 26 counties, including USA, Brazil, India, China and Russia, against 37 indicators probing for the conduciveness of respective national environments to internationalisation in higher education.
The report serves as an evidence-based guide directed at policymakers, leaders and education professionals, towards enhancing universities’ internationalisation and partnering efforts - identifying those national environments most enabling to international collaboration, joint research and future economic growth. To provide a detailed picture, identifying those countries best equipped by their governments to internationalise their higher education institutions and prosper in the future, three areas shaping such conducive environments were identified: Openness, Quality Assurance and Recognition, Access and Sustainability.
British Council – Report: The shape of Global Higher Education
The report is adjoined by the The report concludes that the importance of international higher education is receiving increasing attention, and extending its presence on the global policy stage. This sets a positive sign about the readiness of countries to provide support for advancing their universities’ global positioning. Going forward, the ability of national environments to effectively support the internationalisation of their higher education institutions, is also shown to hinge on a growing need for greater synergies and coordination between national policies. By enabling a deeper understanding of national environments, that promise fruitful and mutually beneficial collaborations towards internationalisation, the study makes a valuable contribution to sustainably shaping the future of global higher education.