Internationalisation in higher education is entering a new and critical phase in which it has to become more inclusive and sustainable. There is a shift away from internationalisation abroad with its strong focus on a small elite of mobile students and faculty staff towards internationalisation at home for all members of the academic community.

This has become more urgent than ever, following the CoVID-19 pandemic and the world’s current geopolitical crises including the war in Ukraine.

Until recently “international education” was a predominantly Western phenomenon in which developing countries only played a reactive role. However, it is imperative that the higher education community in other parts of the world craft their own internationalisation posture and move away from a solely Western, neo-colonial and imperialistic view of same.