This report provides the background and summary of a joint initiative by the American Education Research Association's (AERA) Division J (Postsecondary Education) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This initiative had two major goals:

  1. Advance production of high-quality research on important dimensions of the internationalization of higher education.
  2. Improve the linkages between the creators and users of research on the internationalization of higher education.

As part of this initiative, AERA's Division J and NAFSA commissioned three papers from leading experts on internationalization of higher education:

A Potpourri of Researchable Issues on the Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions (115kb Adobe PDF)
As the spread and breadth of internationalization efforts by institutions of higher education are increasing, the need for understanding comprehensive and strategic approaches to institutional internationalization is becoming more pronounced. In his paper, John Hudzik, NAFSA senior scholar for internationalization and professor at Michigan State University, offers a set of issues that internationalization researchers should tackle to help institutions in their institutional planning, policy, and accountability tasks.

Reflections on Global Problems of Higher Education: A European Perspective (725kb Adobe PDF)
With more and more institutions developing their international strategies, higher education can no longer be viewed isolated from the world beyond national borders. Ellen Hazelkorn, vice president of research and enterprise, dean of the Graduate Research School, and head of Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU) at Dublin Institute of Technology, provides an overview of four dimensions of experience shared by institutions worldwide that deserve scholars' attention.

The Global Higher Education Market and Its Tensions (650kb Adobe PDF)
Simon Marginson, joint editor-in-chief of Higher Education, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, Australia, analyzes the impact of globalizing environment on the system of higher education worldwide and discusses tensions between national, institutional, and global practices.