Social Sciences

Reviewing Internationalisation

Towards Global Engagement and Knowledge Equality

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Student fee


Course Level
Master or PhD
ECTS credits
1.5 ECTS
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


The course takes a perspective on higher education, international relations, law and public policy and combines theory with case studies and active teamwork. This year's team of international scholars and policymakers gives special attention to the themes of global engagement, knowledge equity, and decolonization. The course is significant for professionals, students and researchers who want to reflect critically on their research and for policymakers involved in university (re)strategies.

Given global issues, university teaching and research also requires non-western perspectives on collaborating across borders. This involves both the knowledge of diverse contexts and their interconnectedness, and the social responsibility which universities take to share our knowledge with the world around us. Here too, is a relationship to decolonisation and internationalization at home.

To strengthen global engagement within research and education, equal, reciprocal collaborations with partners and networks in low and middle income countries, especially in the Global South, have to be established and deepened. In this course we initially mainly focus on Africa and to some extent on Latin America (especially Suriname). 

The course is indispensable for higher education practitioners and researchers who want to reflect critically on their work and for policymakers involved in university (re)strategies. The dialogue between the different actors, coming from a wide range of countries, has proved very valuable in previous versions of this course.

Let it be clear: all our international students and colleagues are – and will remain – welcome here. Their presence is essential to the inspiring academic climate of our university.

Anton Pijpers, president UU.


Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende (Utrecht University)

Jurgen Rienks (Neth-ER)

Henk van Rinsum (Utrecht University)

Bart van de Laar (Utrecht University)

And guest lecturers.

Target audience

International graduate students, practitioners and scholars (postdocs) interested in a global perspective on higher education.

Aim of the course

This course is essential for European and non European graduate students, practitioners and scholars, aimed to enhance their understanding of internationalization and knowledge equality in the changing global context.


  • Course fee: €600.00
  • Student fee: €400.00
  • Included: Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €200
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order. 


The course has a limited number of course fee waivers available for master and PhD students at universities outside of Europe. As a participant if you want to apply for one, please state so in your motivation letter. The course directors will decide about the waivers, his decision is binding.

For late applications, please contact the course administrator by email [] before 1 July.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.