The Internationalisation of Higher Education and Identity Construction in Azerbaijan

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Ergun A., Kondakçı Y.

EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES, vol.73, no.7, pp.1330-1354, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 73 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09668136.2021.1919601
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, ABI/INFORM, American Bibliography of Slavic & Eastern European Studies (ABSEES), Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, PAIS International, Political Science Complete, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1330-1354
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of study abroad on identity development among Azerbaijani academics. The results suggest that study abroad has had a transformative impact on the new generation of academic professionals, who have become local agents, practitioners, and transmitters of values and professional conduct at home. This study shows that the location of study abroad-Turkey or a Western country-is significant in the development of their worldview and identity. Differences in the level of internationalisation are attributable to cultural proximity.