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Global Responsibility and the Reform of International Higher Education: comparability of a Nordic kind?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5835-9011
2019 (English)In: Abstract book: 2019-03-06, 2019, p. 308-309Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

World society has recently embarked on a fifteen-year global agenda towards improving our future. Agenda 2030 which was launched by the UN in 2015 refers to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), of which the fourth involves good quality education. While high quality of education is a cultivation of our future, the advent of globalization has impacted on it in unprecedented ways.

In higher education, globalization has increasingly driven the sector based on market ideology using ‘high quality’ as synonymous with ‘internationalization’. This in turn has been exploited to justify the escalating status competition between universities striving to internationalise in a globalized knowledge economy. 

This warrants an examination of the extent to which current national reform work on IHE resonates with reasoning on sustainable futures. Central to the theme is a case study comparing how two Nordic countries, Sweden and Finland, respond to globalization through institutional change. Both countries are currently undergoing higher education reforms of the ways in which universities engage in international education. The choice of the two neighbouring countries is motivated by their top place on global sustainability scales. The data consists of two national policy documents on IHE (OKM 2017:11; SOU 2018:3). Comparative analyses across dimensions of sustainability appearing in text articulations of SDG4 will be conducted using a discourse analytic text analyses. 

The findings contribute towards comparative methodology applied within and across dimensions of a Nordic example of societal change which is highly relevant for educational research in the region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 308-309
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
International Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166021DiVA, id: diva2:1287662
Conference
Nordic Education Research Association NERA 2019, Uppsala, Sweden, March 6-8, 2019
Available from: 2019-02-11 Created: 2019-02-11 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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