Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EDD)

Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Cassandra Keller

Second Advisor

Cheryl Serrano

Abstract

The increase of international economic collaboration as a result of globalization has an impact on various aspects of society at the regional level. To improve the effectiveness of such collaboration, the government of numerous countries begins to focus on internationalizing the education system as an approach to increase the level of global competence among the local population. Nevertheless, the results of integrating the international elements in each county are often varied whereby some countries are able to conform to the international policies according to the standards set by global agencies while others distort the international policies to conform to the local norms. This research attempts to provide a holistic explication of the process of internationalization of higher education in Southeast Asia. The purpose of the research is to utilize the findings as case studies for other universities in Southeast Asia that are experiencing the challenges of the internationalization process. Through the application of the grounded theory approach, the focus of the research is to identify how and why the selected universities are able to meet the international standards provided by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-2013. Moreover, the research also focuses on identifying the level of convergence and divergence in the process of internationalization among the selected universities through conducting a SWOT analysis. The results of the study present a substantive grounded theory on the significant factors positively influencing the internationalization process of the three universities from the perspectives of each university as a result of the coding process. Furthermore; the research findings identified factors such as the level of nationalism, the local political insurgency, and the increase of living expense as having a negative impact on the success of internationalizing higher education in Southeast Asia.

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