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Internationalization in English? : Problematizing the role of language in higher education internationalization (2023)

Ennser-Kananen, J., & Saarinen, T. (2023). Internationalization in English? : Problematizing the role of language in higher education internationalization. In R. J. Tierney, F. Rizvi, & K. Erkican (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (4th ed., pp. 167-173). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818630-5.02016-9

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All authors or editorsEnnser-Kananen, Johanna; Saarinen, Taina

Parent publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education

Parent publication editorsTierney, Robert J.; Rizvi, Fazal; Erkican, Kadriye



Edition4th ed

Publication year2023

Publication date18/11/2022

Pages range167-173

Number of pages in the book8818


Place of PublicationAmsterdam

Publication countryNetherlands

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Additional informationVolume 8: Higher Education Policy, Governance, and Practice. Volume 8 Editors: Chika Sehoole and Everard Weber


This chapter discusses the relationship between language and internationalization in higher education. We begin by outlining the ideological nature of internationalization since World War II. We then continue to discuss language in higher education, focusing particularly on English as the unproblematized language of internationalization. We conclude by suggesting that if indeed an equitable, societally beneficial, and high quality education for all remains the goal of higher education and thereby internationalization, it needs to be embedded in a larger process of developing and implementing anti-normative, anti-colonial pedagogies and practices.

Keywordssystem of higher educationinternationalisationlingua francaEnglish languagedecolonisationnationalismpopulismhigher education policylanguage policy

Free keywordscoloniality; English; English as lingua franca; internationalization; language; nationalism; new nationalism; populism; post-nationalism

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

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