n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - The status of internationalization of higher education in Kenya : the case of university diversity

Volume 10 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Higher education sector continues to undergo tremendous changes in order to provide skillful workforce for the dynamic labor market. There has been a shift in focus from access to the quality of knowledge generated within the sector. This has pushed institutions of higher learning particularly universities to find ways to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for the increasingly multicultural job market. Recruitment of international students and staff is identified as one key aspects of enhancing a cosmopolitan learning environment capable of producing graduates with „global employable skills‟. However, few studies consider how the created campus diversity are utilized to advance internationalization. In this study, the researcher employed multiple case study design to explore how campus diversity is used to advance internationalization in four selected universities in Kenya. Internationalization trends on campus diversity are important in decision making and setting priority areas to support universities to design, develop and implement highly effective internationalization practices that ensures production of globally employable graduates. The results indicate that universities in Kenya have not been attractive to international students as their numbers remain miniscule. In addition, universities had not put structures in place to utilize the few international staff and students to advance internationalization. There is need for universities in Kenya to devise appropriate recruitment strategies to attract international students and create more avenues that enhance interactions among international and domestic students and staff.

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