Herding cats? Challenges to institutionalising internationalisation in a UK university.
Joanna Al-Youssef J.B.Al-Youssef@bath.ac.uk
This paper presents findings from a case study research into the internationalisation of higher education at a UK university. In-depth semi-structured interviews were carried out with individuals at middle and senior management positions at the institution to explore how the term internationalisation is understood in relation to the university’s international strategy. The findings reported in this paper are related to interpretations of the institution’s international strategy and how these interpretations influence approaches to the implementation of the strategy. The paper identifies a multiplicity of opinions and interpretations of an internationalisation strategy, the thing which poses a challenge to implementation even when a strategy has been developed through consultation. This suggests that the process of internationalisation at an institutional level is likely to be more complex than the literature often tends to suggest.