There is a growing number of studies associated with the internationalisation of higher education (HE) that reflect the increasing challenges in this sector. These studies are informed across several disciplines and include research into mobility, the mutual influence of higher education systems, strategies in teaching and learning and the delivery of acquired skills (Altbach & Knight, 2007; Enders, 2004; Kehm & Teichler, 2007; King, Marginson & Naidoo, 2013; Naidoo, 2011; Scott, 2000; Van Damme, 2001).
Studies are increasingly informed by cultural and communication issues from a critical viewpoint (Grimshaw, 2007). This is also reflected in an expanding body of literature on the “Anglicisation” of higher education, largely linked to areas of teaching and research (Altbach, 2005; Coleman, 2006; Deardorff, 2012; Grin, 2010; Hughes, 2008; Kirkpatrick, 2011; Pennycook, 2006; Phillipson, 2006). Generally, there is no doubt that internationalisation nurtures the adoption of English as a common language and reinforces this shift. On a policy level, the promotion of academic mobility within Europe, notably through the Bologna Process and the development of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA), has inadvertently helped to establish English as the main academic language (Hughes, 2008; Phillipson, 2006).
Despite some fundamental scholarly work that has been done to date, we call for expanding this research stream to explore how these cultural, language and communication issues are implemented at different levels in higher education institutions from a management perspective.
The aim of this special issue is to further explore through the lens of management the integration of cultural, language and communication issues in the sphere of higher education, and to investigate the various influences and contingencies of contextual factors.
We invite manuscripts that are methodologically rigorous and conceptual or empirical in nature, and which offer new insights into current cultural issues in higher education contexts.
Altbach, P. G.; Knight, J. (2007). The Internationalization of Higher Education: Motivations and Realities. Journal of studies in international education, 11(3/4), 290-305.
Coleman, J. A. (2006). "English-medium teaching in European Higher Education." Language Teaching, Cambrige University Press 39(1): 1-14.
Deardorff, D. K. (2012). The SAGE handbook of International Higher Education. Thousand Oaks, CA; London, SAGE.
Enders, J. (2004). Higher education, internationalisation, and the nation-state: Recent developments and challenges to governance theory. Higher education, 47(3), 361-382.
Grimshaw, T. (2007). Critical perspectives on language in international education. The SAGE handbook of research in international education, 450-461.
Grin, F. (2010). Managing languages in academia: Pointers from education economics and language economics. Professionalising Multilingualism in Higher Education. Luxembourg. Hughes, R. (2008). "Internationalisation of Higher Education and Language Policy." Higher Education Management and Policy 20(1): 111-128.
Kehm, B. M., & Teichler, U. (2007). Research on internationalisation in higher education. Journal of Studies in International Education, 11(3-4), 260-273.
King, R. Marginson, S. and Naidoo, R. (Eds) (2013) The Globalization of Higher Education. Edward Elgar.
Kirkpatrick, A. (2011). Internationalization or Englishization: Medium of Instruction in Today's Universities, Centre for Governance and Citizenship, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Working Paper Series No. 2011/003): 1-18.
Naidoo, R. (2011). Rethinking development: Higher education and the new imperialism. Handbook on globalization and higher education, 40-58.
Pennycook, A. (2006). Postmodernism in Language Policy. An Introduction to Language Policy: Theory and Method. T. Ricento, Blackwell Publishing: 60-76.
Phillipson, R. (2006). Are linguistic human rights an alternative to linguistic imperialism?. World Englishes: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, 5(1), 298.
Scott, P. (2000). Globalisation and Higher Education: Challenges for the 21st Century. Journal of Studies in International Education, 4(1), 3-10.
Van Damme, D. (2001). Quality issues in the internationalisation of higher education. Higher education, 41(4), 415-441.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Cultural integration polices/practices in higher education
- Student/staff integration on campus
- Intercultural competence of students and staff in higher education
- Management of multicultural campuses
- Cross-cultural communication in higher education
- Multicultural teamwork in higher education (students/staff)
- Practices/issues of teaching multi-cultural classrooms
Submission deadline: 31 March, 2015