Research Policy & Development

Indicators to measure internationalisation in science and research

Analysis and evaluation of internationalisation indicators

The project identified, collected, analysed and assessed indicators to represent and measure internationalisation in science and technology. For this purpose, an international workshop was organised and a critically commented indicator catalogue was published in which indicators were comparatively described and assessed (area of application, interpretation, limitations, data requirements and examples).

Background and motivation for the project was the increasing importance of internationalization in research and technological development in the direction of non-EU countries (so-called third countries), especially in the direction of the so-called BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). This was also manifested in an increasing number of state-of-art RTD strategies. However, as RTD internationalization has been operationalized through concrete initiatives, programs and actions, the blatant lack of indicators to review the objectives of RTD internationalization has become evident.
The objective of this project was therefore explicitly to identify and analyse the quality and limitations of indicators for measuring internationalization in research and technological development.
The main result for the project was an indicator catalog that took into account the different RTD internationalization goals and described and discussed the potentials and limitations of the individual indicators.


Section: Research Policy & Development

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Tags: indicators, internationalisation, research and innovation policy

Type: Research

Project Status: Finished

Submission Date: 11/2009

Start/End: 12/2009 - 09/2011

Project Duration: 22 months