Internationalization and Decolonization in UK Higher Education: Are We There Yet?

  • Omolabake Fakunle Institute for Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh
  • Chisomo Kalinga School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Vicky Lewis Vicky Lewis Consulting
Keywords: Internationalization, decolonization, strategy, research, teaching, neoimperialism, marginalization, United Kingdom

Abstract

Different interpretations and contestations related to internationalization and decolonization in universities result in a contradictory picture. Even where Western institutions ostensibly embrace the drive for decolonization, their Anglocentric, colonial interpretations of internationalization are often at odds with this effort—in the areas of strategy and policy, as well as teaching practice and research. Changes in approach are needed in order for these two processes to work hand-in-hand within a complex conceptual and operating context.

Author Biographies

Omolabake Fakunle, Institute for Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh

Omolabake Fakunle is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Institute for Education, Community and Society, University of Edinburgh, UK. Email: Omolabake.Fakunle@ed.ac.uk

Chisomo Kalinga, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh

Chisomo Kalinga is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University
of Edinburgh, UK. Email: Chisomo.Kalinga@ed.ac.uk.

Vicky Lewis, Vicky Lewis Consulting

Vicky Lewis is founder and director of Vicky Lewis Consulting, UK. Email: vickylewisconsulting@gmail.com.

Published
2022-04-08
How to Cite
Fakunle, O., Kalinga, C., & Lewis, V. (2022). Internationalization and Decolonization in UK Higher Education: Are We There Yet?. International Higher Education, (110), 25-27. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14993
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