Internationalization matrix

A complete overview of the internationalization of higher education strategic goals. Follow the matrix, identify priority goals, then formulate the appropriate international development plan.

internationalization of higher education

What is this for?

It is important to create awareness of the necessity of a goal-oriented internationalization strategy in all areas of the university. This means that broad-based involvement and close coordination of all structures and decision-makers involved is essential.

This PDF tool aims to support you in making the right decision when it comes to launching your next internationalization plan so that you can get the most out of your internationalization budget.

Step-by-step guide.


Download this PDF and print it on an A4.


For each of the 16 internationalization formats, determine the level of maturity your organization reached on that specific format.


Now look at the bigger picture: in which area of the matrix can you find your initiatives with the highest maturity? This should give you a sense of whether your organization is a struggler, a striver, an explorer or high flier.


Next, consider whether your organization is interested in gradually shifting its focus towards other areas of the matrix. Below, we’ve listed some common strategic goals we’ve seen in the internationalization of organizations over time.


Take concrete actions: how to start building new goals? We can give tailored support.

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