Inclusive Internationalization: Improving Access and Equity

  • Hans de Wit
  • Elspeth Jones
Keywords: inclusivity, internationalization, access and equity, curriculum, mobility


In higher education, we are faced with two main paradoxes. First, while we may be striving to increase internationalization and global engagement, in many countries isolationist and nationalist trends result in a disconnect between local and global. Second, while credit and degree mobility is increasing globally, this billion-dollar industry reaches only a small student elite, leaving 99 percent of the world’s student population behind. An inclusive approach must address the issue that current internationalization
policies and practices leave out the great majority of students in the world. Internationalization for all should be the starting point for institutional strategies, reflecting an awareness that all students must be engaged in this agenda to prepare for their future lives as citizens and as professionals.

Author Biographies

Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit is director of the Center for International Higher Education,
Boston College, US. 

Elspeth Jones

Elspeth Jones is emerita professor, internationalisation of higher education, Leeds Beckett University, UK. 

How to Cite
de Wit, H., & Jones, E. (2018). Inclusive Internationalization: Improving Access and Equity. International Higher Education, 94, 16-18.
Internationalization and International Issues

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