Emnet Tadesse Woldegiorgis, Cheryl Qiumei Yu

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The internationalisation of higher education is not new; it has been around for centuries as a practice within the higher education industry (De Wit, 2002). Scholars have travelled to other countries to study, teach and conduct research on the topic. Early examples of this include the extensive travels of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who studied and taught in Athens, Macedonia and Egypt, and the medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Sina (Avicenna), who travelled across Central Asia and Persia to seek knowledge and exchange ideas with other scholars (De Wit, 2019; Guruz & Yildiz, 2010). Aristotle spent an extended period in Macedonia, where he tutored Alexander the Great. Later, he founded a philosophy school in Assos, modern-day Turkey, and visited Alexandria, which was a renowned centre of learning and scholarship (Marginson, 2012). Similarly, Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) was a renowned philosopher and physician in the medieval Islamic civilisation. He was born in Bukhara (Uzbekistan) and travelled extensively throughout his life, studying and exchanging ideas with other scholars. He visited various Central Asian and Persian cities, serving as a court physician for several rulers. His contributions to philosophy, medicine and other subjects are noted by Stier (2006) to have profoundly impacted Islamic and European intellectual history. It was noted by Knight (2004) that the practice of academic mobility has been an integral part of the development and dissemination of knowledge throughout history.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritical Reflections on the Internationalisation of Higher Education in the Global South
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781804557785
ISBN (Print)9781804557792
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2024


  • Academic collaboration
  • Academic mobility
  • Decolonisation
  • Global South
  • Globalisation
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Neoliberalism
  • Partnership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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