Internationalising Higher Education in Australia: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, and the University of Melbourne Experience

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Visiting guest to the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education A/Prof  Teofilo C Daquila will present "Internationalising Higher Education in Australia: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, and the University of Melbourne Experience"

This seminar is part of my book project that aims to examine the internationalisation of higher education (IHE) in Australia, Japan and Singapore. Knight (2008) provides an updated working definition of internationalisation considering the changes in the rationales, the providers, the stakeholders, and the activities of internationalisation”, the need for it “to be understood both at the national/sector level and also the institutional level”, the need for it to apply ‘to many different countries, cultures and education systems’ and ‘appropriate for use in a broad range of contexts and for comparative purposes across countries and regions of the world.’ In her own words: “Internationalisation at the national/sector/institutional level is the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education at the institutional and national levels”. In my study, I argue that the rapid expansion of international students in the world is attributed to the interplay between global, national and local forces, and between immigration and education policy.  In this seminar, I focus on IHE in Australia and is divided into two parts. In the first part, I provide an overview of the trends and patterns of IHE in Australia, and an analysis of its historical, geographical, economic, and social/cultural dimensions. In the second part, I discuss the University of Melbourne as a case study of its experiences, strategies and challenges to expand and deepen its internationalisation. It concludes with the key points and future directions of IHE in Australia and the University of Melbourne particularly due to the strong global competition for international students as national, regional and global borders become more open.

About the Presenter

Teofilo Daquila

Dr. Teofilo C. Daquila is Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, and a visiting academic at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education / Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He is a fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy and a member of the NUS General Education Curriculum committee. He held teaching appointments at the ANU, Deakin University, Melbourne University, George Washington University, Chulalongkorn University, and Korea University. He was awarded visiting research fellowships by the ANU, Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, ASEAN University Network and the Korea Association for Southeast Asian Studies. His research areas include the internationalisation of higher education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, economic growth and development, and regional economic integration in Southeast Asia/ASEAN. His publications include The Economies of Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand (New York, 2005), Regionalism and Multilateralism: ASEAN in the Global Economy (Manila, 2005), The Transformation of Southeast Asian Economies (New York, 2007, 2013), and Internationalising Higher Education in Singapore: Government Policies and the NUS Experience (Journal of Studies in International Education, 2013). A/P Daquila obtained his M.A. economics degree from the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Belgium) and his PhD at the Australian National University.