As global marketplace competition increases, higher education institutions (HEIs) in the Arab world purposefully integrate international and intercultural dimensions into their curriculum, known as internationalization at home (IaH), to empower graduates with the tools necessary to strengthen their economies and be productive global citizens. The purpose of this research is to report changes in the internationalization strategies of fourteen randomly selected Arab world HEIs by looking at six IaH indicators in their mission statements, course descriptions, and strategic plans. The results prioritize internationalization in the HEIs’ mission statements with a twenty per cent increase in the number of indicators between academic years 2014–15 and 2019–20. Additionally, through course descriptions/titles, we found some universities were offering up to 350 courses promoted per indicator, with others offering as few as one course per indicator. We also found sixty-five per cent of the HEIs do not have explicit strategic plans, or rather no or implicit strategic plans incorporating internationalization. As the Arab world attempts to strengthen its economies, HEIs should continue to increase IaH efforts by infusing more of the indicators in their mission statements, courses, and strategic plans.
Changes in Internationalization at Home in Arab Higher Education Institutions: Is it Time to Really Beef Things Up?
Rosine Zgheib is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of English and Translation, Faculty of Humanities, Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon. She is also the program coordinator for Intensive English. Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Amira Van Loan is an Assistant Professor and advisor in the Department of Education, Department of Psychology, Education, and Physical Education, Faculty of Humanities, Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rosine Zgheib, Amira Van Loan; Changes in Internationalization at Home in Arab Higher Education Institutions: Is it Time to Really Beef Things Up?. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 March 2021; 14 (1): 91–112. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/caa.2021.14.1.91
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