Guest Lecture: Fazal Rizvi - Neoliberal Rationality and the Internationalisation of Higher Education

Neoliberal Rationality and the Internationalization of Higher Education
Fazal Rizvi, The University of Melbourne


While the policy discourses of internationalisation of higher education at systematic level are relatively recent, there is nothing new about its practices. Attempts to share and exchange knowledge across cultural and national borders go back to the very origins of attempts to organise higher learning in formal settings. In this talk, I will discuss the ways in which ‘neoliberal rationality’ (Brown 2015) has now colonised both the discourses and practices of internationalisation of higher education. The current approach to internationalisation is dominated by the considerations of trade and revenue generation, and now defines the value of international experiences and exchange in consumerist terms. My analysis will be based on the illustrative case of Australian higher education, where the shift from ‘colonial’, ‘developmentalist’ and ‘public diplomacy’ logics to a new market-oriented logic has been most decisive. I will consider some of the implications of this perspective on internationalisation.

Fazal Rizvi is a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While Professor Rizvi’s academic background is in Philosophy, it is in the areas of education, public policy and global studies that most of his research and teaching over two past decades is located. He has written extensively in a number of academic areas, including racism and multicultural education, Australia-Asia relations, models of educational policy research, theories of globalisation and international education, Australia-Asia relations and contemporary youth cultures. Professor Rizvi has published widely. His books include: Encountering Education in the Global: Selected Works of Fazal Rizvi (Routledge 2014) and Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010), More recently, he has co-authod: Class Choreographies: Elite Schools and Globalization (Palgrave 2017). In 2016, and co-edited a volume on Transnational Perspectives on Human Rights, Democracy and Citizenship Education (Bloomsbury 2019).
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