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How Important is the local when thinking global? Internationalisation at a research led university.

Date: 28 October 2009 Time: 12.30 - 14.00

Venue: Institute of Advanced Studies - Meeting Room 1

How Important is the local when thinking global? Internationalisation at a research led university.

Ian Willis, Educational Research Division, University of Liverpool

This paper focuses on the often overlooked importance of local factors when developing internationalisation strategies. Data is drawn from a qualitative study carried out at a research led university in the north-west that is in the process of developing an internationalisation strategy. Participants include senior university leaders and academic staff. The conceptual framework locates the study within the multifaceted globalisation discourse and creates a structure for examining the significance of local factors, which tend to be overlooked in internationalisation research. The study's indicative findings suggest that local factors of place, tradition and individual agency are seen as important items in shaping internationalisation endeavours. Whilst the specifics of this university's local context may not be readily transferable, it is suggested that other universities would do well to pay closer attention to their own local context when thinking globally.

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