Business论文模板 – Internationalization of Higher Education

Introduction

Higher education has undergone significant transition in the UK. This study looks at how it has become more global even though the process has taken a long time to materialize. The university, in collaborating with for-profit partners, aims to make higher education more accessible to global students owing to the stringent rules placed by the UK Borders Agency. These sanctions have made it hard for international students to travel and access education in the UK. This is a result of the reduced access to funds by the government.

Changes in Higher Education Sector

Higher education has undergone remarkable change over the course of time. From the year 2000, there has been an emphasis on the sector of international higher education. The global platform has improved the avenues for getting information pertaining to higher learning. There is tight competition for students both in the local and internationally.

This sector has seen technological advancement, in the sense that, there is the provision of distance learning. Online platforms make distance learning a possibility. It is an example of how the sector has embraced globalization. The paper is going to look at Liverpool University in relation to the globalization of higher education.

Meeting Demand for Higher Education Globally

There has been an ever-growing need for higher education in the world. Institutes of higher education have to be creative in order to meet that demand. The institutions in the UK have a better placing and are viable to make it in the competition to recruit top tier students who can afford to travel to the UK for learning. Degrees are seen as something that is a need. As such, it is important to that the students get the kind of education they deem the best. This means that university rank is of great importance. On the same note, higher education has been commoditized and there are indications that point to a separation in the recruitment of private and state-schooled students. Evidences are available that support these views (Wang, 2013, p.47-64).

For a while, higher education institutes in the developed countries have enjoyed the monopoly in this field of international learning, they have been the preferred choice of target for international students. The playing field has changed as the institutions in developing countries have also proven that they can be an alternative. The local institutions offer more affordable and cost effective.

UK has ranked as the second most popular destination for students who are seeking higher learning internationally. Owing to increasing demand, there are options that the sector provides to make it easier for the students. These options ensure that they stay relevant. The students can study at the actual campus in the UK. The second option is they can study at a host campus; this means that the UK has partnered with that campus to offer their programs and owns the campus wholly or partly. A different option is, students can study by means of distance learning. The higher education sector is also coming to grips with the ever-changing face of technology that directly affects provision. The process of online distance education allows for a more personal approach to learning (Bourne & Moore 2003, p.20). The above-mentioned programs provide a platform for international students to experience the culture abroad through study and work (Vestal, 1994).

The University of Liverpool has taken a daring route in a sector that is undergoing change. The institution has chosen a strategy that will enable them to stay on top of the game. The strategy was a risk due and it involves a new method of teaching coupled with the partnership with a for profit partner. The university has endeavored to provide quality education even in the face of internationalizing education. This has ensured that they have met the conditions of the Quality Assurance Agency. Therefore, they have ensured that their reputation in the international market is good and solid. According to Bernhard, 2012.p.233, to provide quality education, there should be transparency and accountability.

Partnering With For- Profit Partners

The partnership with for profit partner has ensured that Liverpool University reaches a wider global market. In forming, an e-learning unit it has ensured that every student gets a quality education.They have standardized the process of delivering education, whether it is on campus or online.The provision of online education has also taken into account the aspect of constant revision of standards and curriculum. Partnerships with for profit organizations are borderless, they provide a cross over cultural and national boundaries, and the possibilities are endless (Enders, 2007). In partnering, there is cultural empathy, which entails understanding different cultural context and celebrating the diversity it offers. This enriches international education (Coombs, Potts & Whitehead, 2014).

 The government has also set out reforms that have ensured that the University of Liverpool has a suitable environment for their chosen strategy. The institution has partnered with the best, such as Laureate; an online platform that is an exclusive partner of Liverpool University. This platform specializes in delivering online graduate and doctorate programs in more than 175 countries (University of Liverpool, 2015).They thus have a competitive advantage in the industry (Wit, 2002).

Conclusion

International education has gone through considerable change owing to globalization. The government has seen to it that there have been measures put in place to regulate the outcome and standardize the internationalization of education. The University of Liverpool has created a niche by collaborating with for profit institutions and organizations, the best in the field. This ensures that they are able to reach a very wide selection of the best students. It is important that students feel the education that is on offer is the best. This has ensured the university has continued relevance in a scope that is ever changing. In doing this, the University of Liverpool has maintained a competitive edge globally.

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