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Internationalisation of Finnish Higher Education as a Policy Driver in a Merger Process : Towards Competition, Collaboration, or Sustainability? (2022)


Vellamo, T., Mehari, Y., Kivistö, J., Pekkola, E., & Siekkinen, T. (2022). Internationalisation of Finnish Higher Education as a Policy Driver in a Merger Process : Towards Competition, Collaboration, or Sustainability?. In L. Cremonini, J. Taylor, & K. M. Joshi (Eds.), Reconfiguring National, Institutional and Human Strategies for the 21st Century : Converging Internationalizations (pp. 133-156). Springer. Knowledge Studies in Higher Education, 9. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05106-7_7


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Publication details

All authors or editorsVellamo, Tea; Mehari, Yohannes; Kivistö, Jussi; Pekkola, Elias; Siekkinen, Taru

Parent publicationReconfiguring National, Institutional and Human Strategies for the 21st Century : Converging Internationalizations

Parent publication editorsCremonini, Leon; Taylor, John; Joshi, K. M.

ISBN978-3-031-05105-0

eISBN978-3-031-05106-7

Journal or seriesKnowledge Studies in Higher Education

ISSN2566-7106

eISSN2566-8315

Publication year2022

Publication date23/06/2022

Number in series9

Pages range133-156

Number of pages in the book29

PublisherSpringer

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05106-7_7

Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85287


Abstract

This chapter aims to investigate internationalisation strategies and the ensuing identities of universities in a merger process. It focuses on examining how the approaches to institutional merger and internationalisation are intertwined in the Tampere case. Specifically, it investigates how mergers are justified by internationalisation in an institutional perspective, and how the national discourses on internationalisation are transferred to the merger process and used as arguments for mergers. The research questions are addressed by the conceptual frameworks of internationalisation discourses and merger in higher education institutions that are useful for understanding the complex interaction between merger and internationalisation. Empirically, the study is based on qualitative documents. Our data consist of documents on the institutional level, as well as national strategies and agreement documents of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. To understand the role of internationalisation discourses in a merger process, we analyse the national internationalisation strategies, as well as documents related to the internationalisation of the newly merged Tampere University. Based on our findings, the predominant discourse was that of competition, while the discourse of collaboration seems to be relatively weak. The discourse of sustainable internationalisation remained on a rather general level, thereby offering no concrete justification for the merger, but rather appearing like greenwashing or window dressing.


Keywordsuniversitiesinstitutions of higher educationtertiary educationinternationalisationinternational cooperationjoining togetherunificationidentity (mental objects)competitive strength


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2


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