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What's in a name? The changing nature of mobility

21st in the series “The European Policy Seminars” of the Academic Cooperation Association

The challenge for this second ACA European Policy Seminar of 2009 is to decipher the current meaning of a much debated on phenomenon in the area of higher education, namely that of mobility.

Over the past ten years there have been significant changes in conceptualizing and approaching mobility: there has been a move back to prioritizing recruitment of foreign degree students and towards analysing more critically the real impacts of mobility on institutions, on their degree of internationalisation, and on the mobile individuals.

In this new context, new questions arise: is mobility an objective in itself, or means to some other worthy ends? How well does mobility perform in responding to the expectations set on it and what eventual side-effects has it on the individuals and institutions involved? 

These are some of the questions that this seminar will address through the contribution of several high-caliber experts in the field of international higher education. 


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