The role of language in international education: a fascinating and hotly debated topic. Should English be the global lingua franca? Are native languages at risk from dying out? The recent issue of EAIE Forum magazine brought the language debate to EAIE members’ coffee tables, and now we’re bringing the discussion to the web! This week we will feature perspectives from six different countries or world regions, with each post highlighting a different take on the topic. First, up: España. Continue Reading »
Global futurist and keynote speaker at this year’s EAIE Conference in Istanbul, Jack Uldrich, shares his predictions of the future facing higher education with this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Foresight 20/20. Using a fictional dialogue between a father and his daughter, Jack aptly demonstrates the growing divide between generations and their expectations of learning, painting a vivid picture of higher education in the near future. Continue Reading »
Robert Burns had the right idea with his famous poem, To a mouse back in 1785: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley”. Inspired by his experience of upturning a mouse’s nest as he ploughed one of his fields, Burns’ words tell us that even the most carefully prepared projects may not always turn out the way we had imagined. Equally true of strategic planning in internationalisation: sometimes the best laid plans, for whatever reason, do not turn out exactly as planned.
After almost two years of negotiations with the European Council and the European Parliament, the European Commission is ready to launch Erasmus+ on 1 January 2014. With an agreed budget of 14.7 billion (an increase of 40% on current levels), the programme is set to run for the next seven years. What does the new programme really mean for higher education? Here’s a guide to the final agreements and implications of this highly anticipated programme.
What does the future hold for internationalisation? A distinction can be made between a probable and preferable future. The former takes a reactive approach to the cultural, social, economic, political and academic contexts affecting the international dimensions of higher education. The latter focuses on a strategic, more interventionist approach, ensuring that governments and universities take the necessary steps to shape and monitor the preferred direction of international higher education.
Today is the final day of the Autumn EAIE Academy in Tallinn. It has been a very fruitful and dynamic week for the participants, with eight hands-on courses and four vibrant networking events providing them with lots of tips and advice as well as networking opportunities. This week, participants discussed subjects ranging from advising international students to website management and creating promotional materials. This final Autumn Academy blog post highlights takeaways from the two courses on credential evaluation. Continue Reading »
More takeaways from the EAIE Academy in Tallinn: website management & creating promotional materialsBy EAIE
The EAIE Academy in Tallinn continues with a second series of courses. In addition to skills on how to advise international students, participants have also gained takeaways on how to optimise and maintain their universities’ websites and how to create effective promotional materials in English. Here are some tips to help you upgrade your marketing and communications techniques. Continue Reading »
Yesterday the fifth EAIE Academy, a hands-on comprehensive training programme for international educators, kicked off in the enchanting city of Tallinn. More than 120 professionals gathered to gain tools and practical advice for their work in international higher education and draw up action plans for their departments. Below, the trainers of the ‘Advising international students’ course, Karin Klitgaard Møller from EDU, Denmark and Darla Deardorff from AIEA, USA share some tips and takeaways from their course. Continue Reading »
What constitutes African higher education? Does it involve a European-like system? What challenges and opportunities is it facing? How should European higher education institutions (HEIs) interact with African HEIs? In December, a special event is taking place in Brussels to discuss these very questions. The seminar, ‘For mutual gain: Euro-African cooperation in higher education’ will focus specifically on cooperation between European and African HEIs.
Is transnational education the new buzz word? Is it more than the newest form of student recruitment? Or will it change internationalisation as we know it and drive our internationalisation strategy? Simply defined as education from one country offered in another, transnational education (TNE) is a hot topic. A one-day conference on TNE recently took place in London. Find out what was discussed and what effect TNE could potentially have on higher education as we know it.