Internationalisation of universities is unethical

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies


The main theme of this lecture is that advanced internationalisation of universities is unethical. A process model of university internationalisation and propositions to guide future research are put forward.
It has become an accepted practice for universities to incorporate internationalisation in their mission statements and strategic plans. Universities have recently embraced the trend or fad of advanced internationalisation, e.g., when a university sets up a branch campus or other greenfield investments as independent institutions in a foreign country.
However, recent examples of university internationalisation failures and withdrawals from international markets raise concerns about the sustainability of university internationalisation efforts as well as about the erosion of individual and university-wide autonomy. A conjecture emerges that the process of university internationalisation and its sustainability are determined by the structure and exercise of university autonomy settings at home and in the host countries, and that the process itself cannot be successfully achieved and maintained without changes in the autonomy settings.
Period26 Apr 201727 Apr 2017
Event titleThe Danish Science Festival
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Internationalization
  • University autonomy
  • Higher education
  • Ethics