De-Internationalization of Universities: An Exploratory Study

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Alongside student and staff mobility, universities these days get also actively involved in out-ward cross-border activities, such as licensing, entering joint ventures and establishing campuses. These cross-border activities are not without pitfalls however. A large number of universities de-internationalize from their international markets and such cases raise concerns about sustainability of university internationalization. Despite this evidence, the research in this area is lacking. In this paper we develop a theoretical understanding of how and why universities de-internationalize by focusing on withdrawals from franchise, joint venture, and branch campus operations. We use the concept of de-internationalization as a theoretical lens and conduct a review of available unobtrusive data to identify reasons and patterns of universities' withdrawals from international markets.
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJun 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Event5th Aalborg Conference: Finding Solutions to the New Challenges of Internationalization - Rebild, Denmark
Duration: 4 Jun 20146 Jun 2014
Conference number: 5


Conference5th Aalborg Conference


  • Higher education
  • Internationalisation
  • De-internationalization
  • Theory building


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