Dr Jane Knight, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education was awarded Universitas 21's 2013 Gilbert Medal for Internationalisation, in a private ceremony in Toronto.
One of the most commonly-used definitions of the internationalisation of higher education was developed devised and subsequently adapted by Dr Knight It has since become synonymous with integrating academic mobility, research collaboration, international development projects and curriculum advancements to achieve a worldwide acceptance of the importance of international collaboration in education.
On receiving news of the award, Dr Knight commented:
This acknowledgement from Universitas 21 of my work on internationalisation of higher education comes as an enormous surprise and with deep appreciation. I knew Professor Gilbert from my work in Australia and it is an honour to receive this award in his name from Universitas 21.
Dr Knight’s research interests focuses on the international dimension of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels. Her work in over 65 countries of the world with universities, governments and UN agencies helps to bring a comparative, developmental and international policy perspective to her teaching and research. Furthermore, she is the author of many publications on internationalisation. She has often taken a leadership role in working with international teams on regional studies on the internationalisation of higher education in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America for the OECD and the World Bank. She is the co-founder of the African Network for the Internationalisation of Education.