Strategy internationalisation

Internationalisation is more than mobility. But what exactly does it mean?

At Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, we follow the definition of Hans de Wit et al. (2015). He defines internationalisation as follows:

​"The intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions, and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society."

Hence, according to de Wit, internationalisation is a process where the international dimension (focus on different countries), the intercultural dimension (focus on diversity and different cultures) and the global dimension (focus on the bigger picture, worldwide) are introduced in all sections of the university college.

Internationalisation is therefore a matter for all stakeholders. It is a cross-cutting theme which is found throughout the organisation and which is reflected in the strategy, structures, education, research and services, HR policy and partnerships of our university of applied sciences.

At Artevelde University of Applied Sciences we consider internationalisation as a lever to:

  • reinforce the professional identity of students and staff;
  • improve the quality of our education;
  • enhance the quality of our research;
  • facilitate our social mission;
  • shape our appreciative organisation;
  • optimise our quality management;
  • intensify our international profile.

Here you can read the full text ‘Framework document Internationalisation @ Artevelde University of Applied Sciences’.

Do not hesitate to contact the international relations office team if you have any questions at