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Other dimensions of internationalisation in higher education


13.Mobility and internationalisation

13.5Other dimensions of internationalisation in higher education

Last update: 27 November 2023

Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Higher education institutions have full autonomy regarding their study programs and curriculum. Consequently, the integration of international dimension varies from institution to institution. There is a certain increase in offering of courses in English in some higher education institutions, such as University of Iceland and The University of ReykjavíkThe Science and Technology Policy Council is to encourage higher education institutions to seek international cooperation in research and graduate studies.

Global and Intercultural Dimension in Curriculum Development

As a part of the European Higher Education Area, the Icelandic higher education institutions are obligated to follow the principles of the Bologna process. This means that curriculum development in higher education institutions aims to make the curriculum compatible to the curriculum in other higher education institutions within the EHEA. 

Since 2007, all higher education institutions are obligated to design the curriculum of all courses in accordance with a National Qualification Framework for higher education in Iceland. The NQF for higher education in Iceland is designed in accordance with the European Qualification Framework for higher education. 

Partnerships and Networks

The administration of international co-operation in the field of education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. In co-operation with the University of Iceland, the Ministry operates the Office of International Education. The Office, serving all institutions at the tertiary level, handles student and teacher exchange both through agreements with individual institutions abroad and the exchange programmes which form a part of the Nordic co-operation and the co-operation with the European Union, in which Iceland participates, being a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The Office of International Education is under the auspice of Rannis - Icelandic Center for Research.