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Title: Going wide, not wild : varying conceptualizations of internationalization at a University of Technology in South Africa
Authors: Meda, Lawrence 
Monnapula-Mapesela, Mabokang 
Keywords: Education, Higher -- International cooperation;Education and globalisation;International education
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2015
Publisher: Sage
Source: Meda, L. & Monnapula-Mapesela, M. 2015. Going wide, not wild: varying conceptualizations of internationalization at a University of Technology in South Africa. Journal of Studies in International Education. 20(3): 282-294, July []
Journal: Journal of Studies in International Education 
Abstract: Internationalization has become a buzzword in universities today. As a result of the breadth of the term the concept lends itself to many interpretations. There is a view that South African higher education does not have a customized national framework of internationalization, which raises questions about whether the intended outcomes are achieved. This article is a presentation of academics’ varying conceptualizations of internationalization at a university in South Africa. Thirteen participants—deans, heads of department, program coordinators, and a director of the international office—were purposively selected to participate in semi-structured interviews. Guided by Leask’s conceptual framework of the internationalization of the curriculum, as well as findings from the participants, this study agrees with others who argue that internationalization is a gradual process, which is beyond student and staff mobility and accreditation by an international body. It is concluded that to enhance effective internationalization at a university, a critical review of academics’ conceptualization of the term is essential.
ISSN: 1028-3153
1552-7808 (e-)
DOI: 10.1177/1028315316637340
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