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CORTE, Marilene Gabriel Dalla  and  MENDES, Fernanda Ziani. Global rankings, quality and convergence with the internationalization of Higher Education in Latin America. Sér.-Estud. [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.53, pp.61-79.  Epub May 12, 2020. ISSN 2318-1982.

This study, conducted in the field of research by the Gestar/CNPq/UFSM Group, refers to the theme of internationalization of Higher Education (ES) and is inserted in the debate on rankings and quality. Its general objective is to draw an overview of the convergence between the indicators defined in outstanding global rankings, which seek to measure quality from internationalization actions and the dialogue with Latin American perception. It is characterized by a bibliographical research of qualitative approach, with fulcrum in theoretical review, investigation of the statements issued at regional and world conferences and reports of international organizations, such as UNESCO and the World Bank. In the globalized world, the university is positioned as one of the strategic actors that contribute to development. Thus, the knowledge society is established and the process of commodification of ES is strengthened. With the advance of transnationalization, the international rankings propose to classify the best institutions. It was found that the most influential global rankings have their own criteria, such as research productivity and citations. Under the lens of theorists and UNESCO, quality is a multidimensional concept that requires constant reflection and that must be articulated with pertinence. It was found that quality assurance, from the perspective of university capitalism, tends to value Higher Education as a commodity, rather than properly achieving a determined concept of “quality” of teaching.

Keywords : internationalization; Higher Education; global rankings.

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