Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension

Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension

Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension

Higher Education in Latin America: The International Dimension


In response to globalization, institutions of higher education, national governments, and regional and international organizations are placing greater priority on the international dimension of higher education. Doing so helps the sector respond to some of the challenges that globalization creates.

In Latin America internationalization is becoming recognized as an important phenomenon that is influencing the direction of education and society Little is known, however, about the development of this process or the trends, issues, and opportunities for internationalization within specific Latin American countries or the region as a whole. This book looks at the “Latin American way” in which the international dimension is evolving, recognizing the cultural, linguistic, political, and economic characteristics of the region, its countries, and its institutions of higher education.

The book compares internationalization issues, trends, and opportunities in higher education in selected Latin American countries at the institutional, national, and regional levels. It addresses the specific elements of the internationalization process, such as mobility, curriculum, linkages, and networks. Rather than investigating these issues in detail, however, it examines them as part of a more comprehensive overview of policies, programs, and activities at all three levels.

The volume examines these elements and the broader process of internationalization in the context of the overall development of higher education. It analyzes the potential contribution of internationalization to institution and nation building, examining such issues as the implications of trade, new forms of delivery, new providers, and the relevance of accreditation and quality assurance for higher education and their international dimensions.

The study is based on studies of seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru), which together represent about 90 percent of the region’s Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking population. It does not cover the small island countries of the Caribbean, Central America, or the French- and English-speaking countries of the region.

All of the contributors to this volume have worked on international relations issues at public or private institutions of higher education, in two cases at the sector and ministerial level. They bring a diverse academic perspective, coming from a variety of academic fields (education . . .

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