Strategic partnerships are increasingly important resources for international higher education institutions. Following up on a blog post on networking to reach individual goals, we now zoom into networking to reach institutional goals. As you prepare for the 27th Annual EAIE Conference in Glasgow from 15 to 18 September, here is a handy step-by-step little guide to help you capitalise on all the amazing institutional-level networking opportunities you’ll encounter.
With the recent online publication of the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Studies in International Education it’s time for another post in the ongoing blog series that highlights relevant academic research. The aim of this series is to spotlight major findings and takeaways from select articles that may be relevant and useful to practitioners in the field. The overarching theme of each article will help you locate the most relevant research to your scope of work. We hope the brief summaries will give you some food for thought or, better yet, entice you to further explore the articles.
There are legitimate reasons for higher education institutions to engage in international academic partnerships. The financial reason; the ‘everyone else is doing it so let’s tell the world we are global too’ one; the strategic ‘putting a flag down somewhere’ one; and the opportunities for students. Yet, beyond the financial agreement, curriculum, and international visibility, what is often missing from an enduring partnership engagement is the importance of the role of faculty. Faculty are the face of the partnership, the glue. If we fail, partnerships may quickly unravel.
Partnerships make institutional relations stronger, especially if they are strategic. We do not only learn to share resources, but also how to receive them. This interconnection can enhance both the relationships with partner universities and between our domestic and international students.
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.