https://www.efmd.org/templates/efmd/images/efmd_logo.jpgBy Matthew Wood. On 11 July 2013 the European Commission issued a communication on its new Internationalisation strategy “European Higher Education in the World”.  The communication examines how the EU, individual Member States and higher education institutions (HEIs) should work closely together with sophisticated internationalization strategies for cooperation with partners in other parts of the world, not only in terms of student mobility but also at the level of strategic academic partnerships. 
The Commission highlights that education is at the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy to make Europe a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy to generate growth and prosperity.  Its communication aims to contribute to these objectives by encouraging Member States and individual HEIs to develop strategic partnerships to deal with the global challenges.  
The international landscape for higher education has been changing considerably in the last few years with the emergence and competition from new powerful regional higher education hubs in other parts of the world.  New technological developments such as the developments of the MOOCs (massive open online courses) are also calling for higher education institutions to rethink their international education in the face of global competition. Strategies for “internationalization at home” and digital learning are critical to provide an international dimension to study programmes for non-mobile students. Read more...