Problem kring internationaliseringen av universitet och högskolor i Norden

Problems related to internationalisation at universities and colleges in the Nordic countries

Internationalisation is now strongly emphasised in European universities. Yet, in all countries in recent years the development of higher education and research has been closely tied to national interests. The tension between national and international interests has a long tradition in the academic life, but the strong emphasis on economic efficiency in today's society introduces national claims likely to be detrimental for basic research. Criteria for efficiency are borrowed from the world of business management, without a clear idea what they stand for. Innovations are emphasised but short-term innovations made for the benefit of national economic life are in reality preferred. A selection of national centres of excellence – called graduate schools in Finland – is enhanced despite the unclear and contradictory ideas inherent in this presently fashionable concept.

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