The Benefits of the Internationalisation of Higher Education

4 June 2018

The internationalisation of higher education (IoHE) relates to sensitive topics of public concern. Considering the ongoing debate in the Netherlands regarding the challenges related to the internationalisation of higher education, it is time to take a step back and remember the many benefits as identified by the existing academic literature.


Julia Reinold (MSc) is a PhD Candidate at Maastricht University's Institute for Transnational and Euregional Cross border cooperation and Mobility / ITEM and part of the Migration Group at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/ UNU-MERIT. The goal of her PhD project is to better understand the decision-making factors of international highly-skilled migrants in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine with regard to arrival, staying or leaving the region. In particular, the project focuses on perceived advantages or disadvantages of living in a border region.


Prior to starting her PhD project with ITEM, she worked as a research officer for the Migration Group at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/ UNU-MERIT. In this position she contributed to various research projects commissioned for instance by European Union Institutions, International Organisations (UNDP, ICMPD, ILO) and Development Organisations (GIZ, DFID) using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition, she has experience in writing research funding proposals. Julia finished both her Bachelor degree in European Studies and her Master degree in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization in Regional Integration and Multi-Level Governance at Maastricht University. Her Master’s thesis examined the migration intentions of university graduates in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.