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CHE study analyses the frequency and efficiency of internationalisation strategies

Internationalisation strategies are now common at German higher education institutions (HEIs). Forty-six percent of the HEIs asked are already implementing strategies as well as a catalogue of internationalisation measures. Another 20 percent say that they are currently preparing for internationalisation. The strategies are geared mostly towards teaching.

In co-operation with Sabine Knothe, working at the chair of business administration/controlling at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, CHE Consult interviewed German HEIs about their internationalisation strategies. The study is now available as CHE working paper No. 116.

According to the study, in the last few years, many HEIs have started to present their international orientation on the basis of quantitative indicators (student mobility, co-operation agreements, international experience of professors, membership of international networks, offers of teaching events held in English) or to put down in writing the performance criteria related to internationalisation (e.g. international research results, number of graduates with double degrees). Their aim is to give a structure to and optimise the internationalisation processes of the respective HEI.

In addition to the existence of internationalisation strategies at German HEIs, the study, carried out by Uwe Brandenburg and Sabine Knothe, also analyses how existing concepts influence performance in the internationalisation process.

To assess the extent of internationality, the study used internationalisation-related indicators (DAAD and EU performance indicators). The vast majority of the HEIs included were far more advanced than the average of all analysed German HEIs in terms of the internationalisation process. The 91 HEIs involved in the study therefore represent 27 percent of the population but comprise about 70% percent of the top 100 in all DAAD and EU indicators.

The level of efficiency of these strategies varies considerably: the concepts lead to better results in some individual areas, but this is not a general trend. What can be noted is that all HEIs that perform particularly well internationally are those that have internationalisation strategies and that good results normally result from implementing an established strategy. However, the study also provides cases in which good international performance has been achieved without any strategy.

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