As a member of the working committee for the preparation of the internationalization policy of higher education in Malaysia, I and Assoc. Prof. Lee Chew Tin has been discussing with Prof. Jane Knight, an adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Discussion was held at UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur.
Many of her suggestions made me a better understanding about the meaning of the internationalization policy of higher education.
What are the driving force of a policy of higher education? Is it international student, research or ranking?
What are rationales of a policy: economic, academic, social / cultural or political?
How to formulate a conceptual framework of an internationalization policy?
Is a policy intended to be “reactive”, “proactive” or “strategic”?
Is a policy intended to be “technical”, “regulating” or “enabling”?
Or … the preparation of an internationalization policy of higher education is merely to just “having a policy” without a solid conceptual framework.