Internationalization and quality of higher education, a closer look at the impact of cultural diversity

Leusenkamp, E.M.M. (2017) Internationalization and quality of higher education, a closer look at the impact of cultural diversity.

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Abstract:Internationalization becomes increasingly important in our society and hence in higher education. Governments around the world strongly endorse internationalization. Part of research universities’ response to this is to create policies that aim to attract international students. If successful, this will increase the cultural diversity at their institutions, which in turn is said to increase the quality of higher education at their institutions. The question remains whether this is true, hence the main research question the thesis aims to answer is: To what extent does cultural diversity influence the quality of higher education of European research universities? It tests the hypothesis that a higher degree of cultural diversity improves the level of quality of higher education at research universities. This thesis tests whether the hypothesis holds while comparing European countries (macro level) and research universities on national level (meso level). Results show that there seems to be a correlation between cultural diversity and the quality of higher education as the main hypothesis is tentatively confirmed by the data. An outcome of this thesis is a recommendation for research universities from the United Kingdom, and from similar countries. These institutions should try to adopt a minimum degree of 20 % international students at their institution.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73525
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