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In the institutional strategic planning process, the task of regularly scanning the external environment to identify both opportunities and threats is now more critical than ever. Regardless of the extent to which institutions seek, or claim, to be international, the recent election of Donald Trump to the USA presidency, and the emerging consequences of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, pose genuine questions for the higher education communities in the UK and USA, and indeed for the wider concept of internationalisation itself.
The November issue of the Journal of Studies in International Education was recently published. The final issue of the year 2016 focuses in on such topics as: the use of social media by international students, international service-learning outcomes, and internationalisation at home programmes. In this blog post, you will find a short summary of each article, encouraging you to further explore those of interest.
This year, the international higher education community was, in many ways, shaken to its core. Recent world events have led international educators to question what it means to promote internationalisation in times of seemingly growing insularity. Resistance to global forces is nothing new, but it certainly appears to be gaining momentum in mainstream politics. Reflecting on his own experiences of learning a foreign language, EAIE President Markus Laitinen uses the power of words to discuss this new reality for our field.
At EAIE Glasgow 2015, European international educators were confronted with the largest number of refugees since the Second World War was moving across the Mediterranean Sea and into European soil. It seemed clear that all parts of society would have to contribute if we were to avoid – or at least lessen – a humanitarian crisis in Europe. But what role could higher education institutions play in this situation? This key question was discussed a year later, at EAIE Liverpool 2016.
The results of the Erasmus Impact Study gave internationalisation of higher education enthusiasts a powerful tool in the battle for more attention for internationalisation in the curricula of their home institutions. The message from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth is clear: by studying or training abroad, students increase their job prospects. They are half as likely to face long term unemployment. Five years after graduation, the chances that they'll be unemployed are almost 25% less than that of an average student. But what if mobility isn’t an option?
Internationalisation of higher education continues to progress and become more embedded within higher education institutions. Measuring the process and activities is seen as a way to improve practices and ensure more comprehensive offerings. Many initiatives, both at the European and international level, have been developing ways to do this. This blog post outlines some of these initiatives – and provides practical advice for measuring internationalisation at your home institution!
With the growth and maturing of international higher education, internationalisation is increasingly considered a deliberate career choice. Consequently, degree programmes specialising in international education management and administration are offered by several institutions. Are you considering embarking on a career in the field? Or do you perhaps feel that after a few years in your job you require further education rather than a few professional development modules to succeed or advance in your role? This blog post looks into the degree programmes on offer in international education administration in Europe.
Universities are becoming increasingly aware of the need to manage their brand across diverse departments, programmes, and divisions. More and more, there are written guidelines governing how to use the logo, fonts, or colours, but the words themselves often fall through the cracks. Yet an editorial style guide is a critical part of ensuring that the brand is being portrayed consistently and correctly. Editorial style guides are important for any institution, as inconsistency (not to mention errors!) can imply a lack of professionalism or quality.
Increased competition for international students means that now more than ever, marketing and recruitment professionals need to be at the top of their game. If you know who you’re going to recruit, why you want them and what they value, then you’re halfway there. To rise to the top you also need to be able to link this to your internationalisation and recruitment strategies and get internal stakeholders on board. The EAIE is pleased to present a new Spotlight Seminar, ‘International marketing strategy: find your market niche and climb to the top’, a two-day event that you won’t want to miss.
Like many who study international education, I was pleased when 2015 brought us updated definitions of internationalisation, internationalisation at home and of the curriculum. i, ii, iii I then began to realise that, although these revised definitions attempt to more explicitly connect internationalisation efforts with educational and societal outcomes, they may not be sufficient to guide the Canadian approach. Anchored in the global Indigenous movement, Canadian higher education has other concerns.