This week on the EAIE blog, we have been exploring the pressing issue of the situation of refugees in Europe. Having looked at Hungary, we now turn our attention to Germany, which has been very central to the discussions on this subject. Today we present two institutional approaches to help incorporate this population into the country’s higher education system. Stay tuned for two more thought-provoking blog posts on how higher education in Europe is handling this crisis.
This week on the EAIE blog, we are covering the very topical and relevant issue of the refugee crisis in Europe. While Europe-wide responses are still underdeveloped, local responses have emerged and, with them, best practises. Today’s blog post is from Hungary, an important point of contention in this situation. Countering hostility towards refugees, the Central European University has taken serious action to alleviate the dire conditions under which refugees are living.
Earlier this year, at EAIE Glasgow 2015, EAIE President Laura Howard spoke of the important role that higher education can play in the lives of refugees entering Europe. This week on the blog, we have contributions from across the continent discussing local responses. We will be highlighting some of the positive ways in which higher education can impact the lives of the affected populations, introduce some common challenges and give insights into existing best practices throughout Europe.
At the EAIE Conference in Glasgow, one of the now traditional debate sessions took place with speakers, including myself, from 5 different countries fiercely debating the role of administrators and academics in the international arena. Who should hold sway and why? For those of you that have never attended an EAIE debate, the topics debated are current and relevant to the working environment of international education and the hope is that participants go away from the debate with new, thought-provoking ideas and stimulating arguments.
When discussing international education in Europe, you will likely hear the concept ‘mainstreaming internationalisation’. Is this just another buzzword? At times it’s referred to as an undesirable force that may lead to internationalisation being reduced to yet another higher education activity. Other times, it’s seen in a positive light as it leads to integrated approaches where people at all levels participate in and co-create processes and activities. Occasionally, it describes how far the field has evolved since the early days of Erasmus.
When I became Vice-President of the EAIE, in 2010, I stepped down as Director of the International Office (IO) at Tilburg University and became Programme Manager. In this role, I became responsible for a university-wide programme that had started in 2007 called ‘Towards an International Campus’. Through the internationalisation of services, the programme aimed at making international students and employees feel welcome and at home at Tilburg University. Continue Reading »
A new global sustainability agenda was adopted by the United Nations in September, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be reached by 2030! How will this be possible taking into account the challenges in reaching the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are about to expire by the end of the year? This challenge was discussed 7−9 October at the annual African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE) conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
This year’s Autumn EAIE Academy is taking place in Venice, Italy. In preparation for the event, it might be useful to understand the state of internationalisation of higher education in the host country by zooming in on Italy using EAIE Barometer data. Italy is one of the top European senders and receivers of ERASMUS students. Over the past few years, however, the country has started to move beyond credit mobility in its internationalisation efforts.
English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) is a rapidly growing phenomenon and one that most non-English speaking institutions are facing at the current moment. Higher education institutions (HEIs) worldwide are in a state of transition, whereby language landscapes are changing and the stakes are high. But how are HEIs coping with this phenomenon, and are they managing it responsibly?
This week on the EAIE blog, we are highlighting the latest EAIE Occasional Paper Staying Global: how alumni relations advances the agenda. Authors of the book have contributed exclusive blog posts that look at some of the different facets of international alumni engagement in preparation for the EAIE Webinar taking place later this month. Today’s blog post addresses how alumni can become a resource for higher education institutions looking to forge corporate partnerships and, ultimately, increase their fundraising efforts.