Global Academic Movement: Wandering Scholars or Tradable Commodities?

By Susan M. Bridges and Brendan Bartlett.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Academic movement across the globe has a vital history from the wandering scholars of the middle ages to the current European Union researcher mobility projects. In this paper, we briefly examine the historical forces that have prompted academics to venture around the world. We then focus on the current phenomenon of ‘internationalisation’ and examine its rebirth as academic policy. In particular, we ask how interpretations of ‘internationalisation’ have affected academics’ inclinations to tread a global campus.

Keywords: Internationalisation, Academic Mobility, University Policy

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.91-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 545.001KB).

Dr. Susan M. Bridges

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Susan Bridges has taught in mainstream and higher education for the past 25 years. She is currently an assistant professor with the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of Hong Kong working in curriculum design and e-learning. Prior to this, she was a research fellow with the Faculty of Education at Griffith University. Her research focuses on pedagogy, cultural and linguistic diversity and interaction. In 2007, she was awarded the International Award for Excellence by the International Journal of Diversity for a co-authored paper on multicultural education.

Prof. Brendan Bartlett

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brendan Bartlett researches, theorises and teaches about what happens when children and adults come to search out the major beam in the organisational structure of their communicational worlds. This work has direct application in literacy and its development, in classroom and workplace communication and in personal and social well-being. Current major research projects Reconnecting Disaffected Youth through Successful Transition to Work (2007-2009: ARC Funded); Early Literacy, Boys’ Literacy Education (2004 - continuing).


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