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Rethinking Nordic Co-operation in Higher Education

National and Institutional Case Studies

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This report contains the empirical data and case descriptions of a study on internationalisation in higher education in the Nordic countries. A special emphasis is made on the Nordic dimension in international co-operation. Nine higher education institutions in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Finland make up the basis of the study. Funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the aims of the study have been to analyze how academic goals of higher education institutions in general and their internationalisation strategies in particular, are influenced by the growing “economization” and “marketization”. It also focuses on the factors that currently stimulate or hamper Nordic cooperation. Policy recommendations for further strengthening the Nordic cooperation in higher education are to be found in a separate report called “Rethinking Nordic Cooperation in Higher Education - Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions in Northern Europe in the Light of Bologna” (TemaNord 2005:520).

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Introduction

Fall 2001 the Nordic Council of Ministers, through the Styringsgruppe for nordisk samarbeid innen høgre utdanning (HØGUT), asked NIFU STEP to produce an overview of recent developments with respect to the internationalisation of higher education. NIFU STEP handed in its report on 20th December 2001 (Trondal et al. 2001). Based on the findings and recommendations from the 2001 report HØGUT has invited NIFU STEP to conduct a follow up study aimed at a further analysis and refinement of the main issues at stake. The outcomes of that study are discussed in the report TemaNord 2005:520 BRethinking Nordic Cooperation in Higher Education – Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions in Northern Europe after Bologna”, sent to HØGUT separately. In this report selected aspects of the national and institutional case studies are presented on which the discussions in the general report are to a large extent based.

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