Book review: Internationalization in Vocational Education and Training

The book “Internationalization in Vocational Education and Training” (2017), edited by Ly Thi Tran and Kate Dempsey, consists of 14 articles covering Australia, China, European Union, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. The aim of the book is to highlight the current phase of internationalization in the field of vocational education and training (VET) and how it is reflected in VET-related research. In their chapter on Europe, Kathrin Kaleja and Regina Egetenmeyer propose a well-structured synthesis of European policies for internationalization and mobility in VET. They explain why the European Union (EU) is promoting internationalization by referring to both social and economic points of view. They give insights into the development of credit transfer systems and into EU-funded projects for promoting mobility across Europe. Moreover, they highlight the critical points that slow down the internationalization process in the field of VET. Hilde Bastiaannet complements her study on the Netherlands with an overview of the European policies starting from the Lifelong Learning Programme and continuing with the European framework processes. With this extension she brings forward the tensions between internationalization and mobility vs. the national jurisdiction, institutional settings and different cultural interpretations of similar concepts. … Goto review