Universities and student values across nations

Simon Kragh (1) , Sven Bislev (2)
(1) Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School , Denmark
(2) Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School , Denmark

Abstract

Over the past decade universities have become increasingly global. International contacts, cooperation, exchange and communication is used for benchmarking research and teaching. English-speaking universities,in particular, are actively recruiting huge numbers of foreign students to increase the pool of paying and qualified students. At Copenhagen Business School, a significant number of students (5-10%) are on exchange - in and out -every year.
Many foreign students find that they encounter a different world when signing up for classes at CBS - a world of different values and norms, expressed in discourses and practices in and around the university. This study investigates, through focus groups and a survey of 800 students, the character of this experience of contrast. What values do foreigners from different nations arrive with, how do they experience the difference and what do they feel about it? We relate our findings to broader notions of nationally different values in order to discuss both a general value problematic and issues of comparative and intercultural higher education.

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Authors

Simon Kragh
sb.ikl@cbs.dk (Primary Contact)
Sven Bislev
Author Biographies

Simon Kragh, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School

Simon Kragh is associate professor at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management at Copenhagen Business School. His research has been on cross-cultural marketing, and the cultural context of foreign operations and communication.

Sven Bislev, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School

Sven Bislev is associate professor and Head of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Copenhagen Business School. He holds a Master's degree in political science and has published books and articles on globalization.

Kragh, S., & Bislev, S. (2005). Universities and student values across nations. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 5(2), 1016. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v5i2.408

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