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?
Imagine moving to a new country. Maybe you have escaped from your home country in fear of what could happen to you. In your home country you were an engineer, philologist or maybe a geologist. You are knowledgeable and eager to contribute to the economy and society in your new country. Yet the chaotic situation in the country you are coming from makes it very difficult to get the proper documentation for what you are actually qualified to do.
Does your institution have a clear and well defined scholarship strategy? The very nature of scholarships – making funds available to enable deserving people to study – is in itself a laudable activity. But given a strategy and plenty of thought, much more can be achieved. In this blog post, the World Citizen Talent Scholarship provided by The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) is discussed – its ambitions and goals, how candidates are selected, and how it can help enhance the global reputation of a university.
Meet an EAIE member who truly loves what she does. Pauliina Mikkonen, the new Vice-Chair of the EAIE Expert Community Network of European Summer Schools (NESS), shares her story with us. Read about her journey from trainee to programme manager and find out what aspect of her job she finds most rewarding. Continue Reading »
Read the story of an EAIE member who is actively working to create more rewarding student mobility programmes. In this next post, Natalie Nielsen, one of the EAIE Expert Community Economics and Business Studies’ newly elected Steering group members, tells us about what triggered her interest in international education and how that has now led to her current PhD. Continue Reading »
Next up in our series is Elisabeth Brunner-Sobanski, one of the newest Steering group members of the EAIE Expert Community, Internationalisation at Home (IaH). From Russia to Hungary to Austria, Elisabeth has had many experiences studying and working abroad. Read about her motivation for working in the international higher education field and what she finds most rewarding about her job. Continue Reading »