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Your Internationalization Readiness

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An Internationalization Readiness Point of  Views

A 2013 survey published in April 2014,  by the International Association of Universities (IAU) entitled “Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education,” indicates that U.S. higher education institutions are less ready for internationalization than other schools throughout the world.

In the survey, IAU received responses from a total of 1,336 world institutions from 131 countries (about a 20% response rate). 209 were from the United States (Community colleges are excluded in the survey).

U.S. schools’  mission statements often brag about how well they do at equipping their students to compete in an increasingly dynamic global economy. However, when it comes to the internationalization, many U.S. schools themselves fall far short.


U.S. Institutions Lag Behind in Internationalization Readiness

NAFSA, a sponsor of the survey, published an article entitled The Best in the World? Not in Internationalization in October 2014, discussing what the data reveals.

An excerpt from the NAFSA’s article suggests that U.S. schools’ internationalization readiness lags well behind their international counterparts.

  • U.S. respondents were less prepared than their counterpart respondents (86% vs 92%).
  • U.S. respondents were also less likely than all respondents to indicate that their institution had a strategic plan for internationalization (43% vs 53%).
  • An approximately equal proportion of U.S. respondents and all respondents indicated that such a plan was being prepared (22% vs 23%).
  • In terms of established internationalization strategies, only Africa trailed the United States, with 40% of institutions having an internationalization policy in place.
  • The proportion of U.S. institutions that do not have an internationalization strategy in place (15%) is double that for all institutions (7.5%)
  • Only 75% of U.S. respondents indicated that they have an institution-wide internationalization strategy in place, compared to 90% of all respondents.
  • The proportion of U.S. institutions who reported having internationalization as part of their overall institutional strategy was slightly lower than that of all institutions (16% vs 19%).


Envision this!   You are about to set sail into the ocean of world education, but you have no navigator or clue where you are headed. Are you going to entrust your ship’s fate to the call of the Seirenes? A good captain prepares his vessel and crew for any eventuality. Equip your school with an internationalization readiness plan, and cruise triumphantly through uncharted waters to new opportunities.

(Author: T. Gray, co-founder of Access Education LLC)