You’ve been hearing a lot about Glasgow here on the blog lately, but that doesn’t mean that we have forgotten about the amazing country surrounding the host city of this year’s EAIE Annual Conference. Scotland – the land that brought you discoveries as diverse as Scotch whisky, golf, the telephone and penicillin – is home to scenic beauty beyond belief.
There are countries where the ethics of using education agents is being debated. In others, however, international student recruitment is for the larger part (e.g. Australia) or a significant proportion (e.g. United Kingdom) carried out with the aid of agents. Like them or not, these agencies are here to stay and it is important to note that the overwhelming majority are great partners. The trick is to assure that academic standards go before commercial interests and this is a matter of finding the right agents. But how does one do that?
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Twenty five years after the city became the first in the UK to win the title of European Capital of Culture, Glasgow continues to gain momentum. Aside from boasting such accolades as UNESCO City of Music and having been appointed to the Creative Cities Network in 2008 (spotlighted in the first blog in our Glasgow series), the home of the 27th Annual EAIE Conference also has a reputation for its cutting-edge arts scene, architectural heritage and design. Continue Reading »
In order to facilitate student mobility, faster and more transparent procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications are needed. A recently emerged concept is ‘automatic recognition’ of comparable degrees. The ‘Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition’ (FAIR) project explores the practical implementation of the concept, formulating concrete recommendations on how to implement it within Europe.
Glasgow is a city of diversity, representing the perfect combination of tradition with an innovative twist. One of the best ways to experience this fascinating city’s heritage and its beautiful surrounding scenery is through its main attractions. If you are looking to fill your free time during this year’s EAIE Conference, check out the top highlights of the city – and beyond, for instance by taking a short trip to the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond – as featured in the winter 2014 issue of EAIE Forum magazine.
In order for internationalisation of higher education to reach its true potential, staff working in the field should be equipped with adequate knowledge and skills. The EAIE Barometer provides new data on the tools European internationalisation practitioners require to further professionalise their field. The Central and Eastern Europe* (CEE) region is often underrepresented in data on internationalisation. This infographic sheds light on the knowledge and skill needs of internationalisation professionals in the CEE region, highlighting country-level results that stand out.
From men in tartan kilts playing bagpipes to Scotch whisky, there are certain things most people would associate with Scotland. Yet Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city and host of the 2015 EAIE conference – has a few unexpected tricks up its sleeve. Leading up to the EAIE’s 27th Annual Conference on international higher education, we will be highlighting some of the city’s most amazing and perhaps less-known facets right here on the blog. Opening this series, we explore Glasgow’s inseparable relationship with music.
Students go to university to learn, but do universities still mainly exist to pass on knowledge? Priorities have shifted, on every level. In a time when competition is fierce, it seems as though reputations take precedence. Professors feel the pressure to ‘publish or perish’, institutions are concerned with ranking, and even students are after more than just a degree. So how can we give them exactly that, and meet all other demands? Changing our method of delivery is a topic worth discussing.
‘Ready for take-off: calls, funding, pilots, upscaling’: with this inspiring title, the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) held its fourth annual meeting in Malaga, Spain this past May. So just what is this network all about? It’s actually simpler than it may sound with a name which many struggle to pronounce. The aim of the GDN is to develop a global network bringing together centralised student data depositories, higher education institutions, and all other stakeholders in the Digital Student Data Ecosystem to make digital student data portability (DSDP) a reality.
In recognition of the aspirations of disadvantaged college students for international mobility, many institutions strive to organise field schools, offering an opportunity to engage with foreign cultures and communities. The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute created an opportunity for 11 students to travel to Honduras. For some, it was their first time leaving home; for all of them it was a transformative experience. The tips offered in this article may help you create similar opportunities.