We are delighted to share that Hans de Wit, one of the EAIE’s ‘founding fathers’, has just been named the Director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA. He comes to the Lynch School from the Universita Cattolica Sacro Coure in Milan, Italy, where he has served as the Founding Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHIE). Continue Reading »
While you might be thinking about tartans, haggis and where you’re going to stay for EAIE Glasgow 2015, preparations for EAIE 2016 have already begun. Where are we heading next? If you guessed Liverpool on Facebook, then you’ve guessed correctly! The EAIE is pleased to announce this incredible city as the home of the EAIE Annual Conference in 2016. Not only is Liverpool famously labelled the ‘pool of life’, its waterfront is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has a musical legacy that is unparalleled.
It’s that time of year when specialised global university rankings are being revealed. Last week Times Higher Education (THE) released their reputational rankings, and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) just publicised their world rankings by subject (academic disciplines). U-Multirank also released their ‘readymade’ rankings last month and will soon divulge their overall 2015 rankings. For each ranking there are differences in where a university may place, but why is this? It comes down to three main things: the ‘who’, the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of global university rankings. Continue Reading »
Every day seems to bring a range of “tempting” offers into my e-mail inbox from suppliers of services to enhance our engagement with international students. Some recent examples include: “Are you looking to improve your Student Relationship Management Systems (SRM)?”; “New developments to support your international initiatives”; “Five ways to reach students at the right time”; “21st century solutions to top recruitment challenges”; “Improve the student experience = increase student acquisition”.
In this increasingly online era, most of us working in higher education recruitment are dealing with the same problem: which tools should we use to reach our prospective students and how do we get them to where we want them to be? Should we stick to print, keep visiting education fairs or should we take it to cyberspace completely? The landscape of online and virtual tools, lead generators, social networks and what not, is dynamic and not always an easily accessible one. Sometimes you just have to take a risk and make the jump. It might be worth it. Continue Reading »
The university is like an onion, and at the centre of this onion lies the alumni. Each ring of the onion has some relationship to the whole, and each ring represents the various parts of the university, all of which have an interest in a relationship with the alumni. At the core is the individual alumnus’ personal relationship to the institution. With this metaphor in mind, is it possible to create one alumni strategy that fits all?
Some four years ago, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) seemed to be the proverbial evil alien set out to destroy the universe, or at least the universities. And while there have been some interesting developments and even moderate successes since then, it seems safe to say that the worst fears or the greatest expectations have hardly been realised. Why is that, and can we now assume that we will just have to wait for the next hype around the corner?
Every year Canada welcomes its doors to hundreds of new international students. What compels people to go abroad to study? When I came to Canada from the United States as an international student myself in 2005, I felt drawn to this community of diverse individuals. I felt compelled throughout my university degree and now in my career to find what draws us together and then, in turn, why we all came to Canada.
Generation of cutting edge knowledge is a key goal for academic institutions in this new era. This singular goal fuels a fierce competition to attract the talent that would accelerate and expand the capacity of a university in knowledge production. In this context of competition, countries such as Turkey have suffered for a long time from brain drain. However, some institutions have proved that brain drain can be reversed by incorporating a few key elements into their long term strategy.
Over the last five years or so, a new discourse has emerged within many universities: the discourse of student engagement. It is becoming so embedded in policy and practice that student services departments might be more appropriately named, ‘Student Engagement Services’. Exactly what do we mean by student engagement, how does it manifest itself in policy and practice, and why is it so important?