E-Collaboration for Internationalizing U.S. Higher Education Institutions

E-Collaboration for Internationalizing U.S. Higher Education Institutions

Jaime Ortiz (Texas A&M International University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch060
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Abstract

The current globalization wake requires countries to cope with their deficiencies in international competencies to become credible political actors and sustained economic players (Stiglitz, 2003). They must develop expertise on foreign policies, emphasize functional knowledge, and make concerted efforts to narrow technological gaps to successfully unleash global competitiveness (McGrew, 2005). There is a high correlation between the level of global competence acquired by U.S. students during their undergraduate and graduate education and the success of the country as a key international player (American Council of Education, 1995). U.S. higher education institutions are compelled to increase their stature by constantly seeking ways to expand their network of partnerships with foreign counterparts. Any steps into that direction will broaden and strengthen the internationalization of their curriculum to facilitate and improve students’ understanding of the world.

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