Whether you work in an international office, a marketing and recruitment office, or another central administrative division, you are probably familiar with the challenges of getting things done in an inherently decentralised university environment. Getting agendas and opinions in alignment across offices or departments can seem impossible. While there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, a few simple practices can go a long way in getting buy-in from outside your core team.
As Europe struggles with unemployment and economic downturn, the focus of the higher education sector should be on creating new knowledge to support innovation and growth. Why, then, is there so much emphasis being put on developing and implementing time- and resource-consuming joint academic programmes? Could it be that academic added value and student learning outcomes can be reached through a joint international curriculum with integrated mobility, ie, through joint study programmes?
A Strategic Internationalisation Plan (SIP) not only needs to be well conceived and written, but also well implemented. Most higher education institutions have their own SIP either as a plan of its own or have internationalisation as part of a broader institutional strategic plan. But how many of those are both well designed and actually implemented? In this blog post, I will just focus on the first part: on the drawing up of the SIP and the main pitfalls that one should avoid.
As our series of posts dedicated to EAIE members comes to a close, we hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of the diverse individuals in the EAIE community who are working to internationalise their institutions in various ways. Read our final story featuring Albina Kozhakhmetova. In her work as an international officer, she is inspired by opportunities to advise international students and facilitate academic exchange. Help her with answers to her questions about succeeding in the international higher education field. Continue Reading »
This next story in our series features one of the EAIE’s newer members, Dominique Da Silva. A part-time Masters student and professional working in higher education marketing, she’s very passionate about developing communication strategies to help her clients recruit students. Find out what she loves most about her job and what she hopes to learn from fellow EAIE members. Continue Reading »
What reputation does your institution have in the higher education sector? How do you differentiate from the competition? How can you learn from those institutions you cooperate or compete with? Find out how to launch effective collaborative benchmarking projects with other universities to make more informed strategic decisions and improve your institutional performance in the field of international higher education.
Although the set up and scope of alumni relations offices may differ from country to country, there is an unmistakable trend across the board that alumni relations are becoming more and more integrated in the primary processes of higher education organisations. The increased scope of services and functions of these offices demand specific skills and competences of their managers and one aspect crucial to the success of alumni relations is an efficient way of managing alumni details.
Meet Robert Watkins, an EAIE member who found himself so fascinated by the world of International Admissions that he has devoted 36 years to working in the international higher education field. Read his story in this next post in our series, and find out what words of wisdom he has for those just starting out in their careers. Continue Reading »
Aspiring international education leaders face the challenge of working in a constantly changing environment. The funding opportunities available, government visa regulations, key student markets and education delivery formats are undergoing change at an ever increasing rate. A recent study on the challenges faced by leaders in the field has revealed the key obstacles and pressing needs for those at the forefront of driving the internationalisation of higher education into a new age.
Are international education associations living in their own bubble? What do they do to create access and equity for people and ideas from emerging or developing countries? How can they work together to advance the internationalisation of the higher education agenda? These were some of the questions contemplated by the leaders of key international higher education organisations who gathered in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last week to discuss the future agenda of the internationalisation of higher education. Continue Reading »