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Enfermería Global

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Abstract

QUINTANA ZAVALA, M.O.  and  PARAVIC KLIJN, T.. Internationalization of Nursing Education and its Challenges. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.24. ISSN 1695-6141.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1695-61412011000400017.

Most universities and higher education institutions are involved in a process of improvement to raise their quality standards, contribute to students' training and consequently raise their prestige and recognition by incorporating Internationalization in their programs. However, there are concerns regarding this issue, related to the political realities of countries and national security, the high cost of overseas studies, the incidence of transnational programs without accreditation, and the tendency of considering education as another product among others. In Nursing Education, Internationalization confers great benefits and overcomes the challenges to achieve means to continue positioning itself as a Discipline, Profession and Science. Therefore the aim of this paper is to reflect on the internationalization of education, and especially on this phenomenon from the perspective of Nursing, by presenting the general context, problems, current status within the profession, the ways Internationalization can be achieved, and the challenges presented to us, considering that it is a complex issue with multiple stakeholders: countries, universities and higher education institutions, teachers and students.

Keywords : Internationalization; higher education; nursing.

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