An internationalization strategy is a response to globalization.
Globalization is the ‘compression of time and space’ the ‘overcoming of distance’ . . . which has made borders increasingly porous, enabling the flow of people, goods, capital and information freely. (Szyszlo 2016)
Globalization of higher education has led to rapid growth in the number of international students at Langara. Over the last 4 years we have had an increase in international students from 2,191 to 6,171 students.
This rapid growth has brought both challenges and opportunities to the classroom, student services, and supports. An internationalization strategy will allow us to make choices about how our campus responds to globalization.
Our choices are many, but they include our responsibility to students, both domestic and international, our responsibility to faculty and staff, and our responsibility to the greater community. We need to make choices at the college that will advance internationalization in the Langara context. An internationalization strategy will allow us to tackle the challenges and make the most of the opportunities that will benefit the Langara community.