24.4.2019 at 12.15 – 13.45
While the policy discourses of internationalisation of higher education at systematic level are relatively recent, there is nothing new about its practices. Attempts to share and exchange knowledge across cultural and national borders go back to the very origins of attempts to organise higher learning in formal settings. In this talk, I will discuss the ways in which ‘neoliberal rationality’ (Brown 2015) has now colonised both the discourses and practices of internationalisation of higher education. The current approach to internationalisation is dominated by the considerations of trade and revenue generation, and now defines the value of international experiences and exchange in consumerist terms. My analysis will be based on the illustrative case of Australian higher education, where the shift from ‘colonial’, ‘developmentalist’ and ‘public diplomacy’ [JB emphasis] logics to a new market-oriented logic has been most decisive. I will consider some of the implications of this perspective on internationalisation.
Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. …