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SANTOS FILHO, José Camilo dos. Internationalization of Higher Education: redefinitions, justifications and strategies. Sér.-Estud. [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.53, pp.11-34.  Epub May 12, 2020. ISSN 2318-1982.

The purpose of this theoretical paper is to analyze the issue of Higher Education internationalization in three relevant aspects: definitions, rationales and strategies. The definitions of Higher Education internationalization are approached from different perspectives. The rationales of Higher Education internationalization are synthesized by some authors in two broad categories − political/economical and cultural/educational reasons − and by others in four categories − political, economic, sociocultural and academic reasons. The strategies for Higher Education internationalization are translated into a set of strategies and activities that operationalize the politics of the university institution. The implementation of internationalization policy implies effective commitment at the state level, and at the institutional level, with its explicit incorporation into the current purposes and functions of contemporary university.

Keywords : internationalization and Higher Education; Higher Education internationalization; concepts of internationalization; reasons for internationalization; internationalization strategies.

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