Smaller countries have a special place in the international higher education system, with a great capacity to defy the expectations of most experts and many dominant theories of international higher education. Despite being small, the countries with populations of less than 10 million make up a remarkable part of Europe and they contribute much to the internationalisation of European higher education.
Summer holidays present those working in higher education with an excellent chance to read up on books and reports that tend to pile up during the rest of the academic year. In preparation for the dialogue, ‘Are university graduates fit for purpose?’ taking place during this week’s EAIE Conference, some very recent political documents regarding higher education in Europe struck my eye. And I think they underline the importance and timeliness of this dialogue.
Opportunities to study abroad are increasingly popular and possible and students choose these experiences with an eagerness for challenges and adventures. Yet when embarking into the world of international education, students may face clashes between cultures, languages, and learning styles. I learned this as an American-study-abroad-student in Prague, and again when I returned to the Czech Republic as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) through the J.W. Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
“Hoooola Mariiiiiia, Como estaaaas?” shrieked the tall blond in Spanish with an English accent. “I am fine, an ju?” replied Maria in her English with a hint of Spanish. Nearby someone in an Indian sari shouted “Wie gehts, Johannes?” and someone from across the street replied: “Ciao, Carolina” as she ran across and planted three Dutch kisses on her friend’s cheeks. A well dressed gentleman bowed with a “Konichi Wa” as he handed his business card, and a Frenchman responded with bow and “Bien! Merci beaucoup”.
What does internationalisation mean for higher education in Central and Eastern Europe? What motivates internationalisation, what impedes it? Why are the challenges in this region so different than in other countries throughout the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)? This year, the EAIE invited intellectuals from a range of specialisations to get us talking about developments in Central and Eastern Europe and make important connections about what is at stake.
Higher education and students are becoming more international, but students and universities struggle to find the right solution for housing. At a breakfast meeting due to take place on 17 September 2014 in Prague, university recruiters and housing specialists intend to explore how new types of accommodation can benefit the international student experience and increase the retention rate of students.
In just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new group of volunteer leaders, including the Association’s new Vice-President, Markus Laitinen. Markus is Head of International Affairs at the University of Helsinki, winner of the 2013 EAIE Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation. Having long since been involved in the EAIE’s activities, he attended his first EAIE Conference in London in 1994 and will be celebrating 20 years of EAIE membership this October. Find out more about Markus in this blog interview. Continue Reading »
The countdown is on: just three weeks to go until more than 4800 international higher education professionals from around the world make their way to the stunning city of Prague for what promises to be the largest gathering of its kind, ever, in Europe! By now you probably have your hotel and flights sorted. You may even have planned your day-by-day schedule, and some top sights to visit. But can you say hello in Czech?
In 2002, when the EAIE Marketing & Recruitment Expert Community (M&R) was founded, marketing was considered a four-letter (ie rude) word by many across European academia. We have come a long way since then. Now, the international marketing and recruitment of students can be seen on the agenda of every European university. Yet why do we still talk about marketing and recruitment when the reality is that we are ‘selling’ and recruiting international students?
After 25 years, the EAIE remains dedicated to recognising institutions and individuals who have gone to extraordinary lengths to internationalise higher education. In this special anniversary year, we are particularly excited to reveal the 2014 EAIE award recipients. Not only are their accomplishments visible evidence of the exceptional individuals we have in the EAIE community, they showcase their outstanding commitment to internationalising higher education. Come join us in recognising the achievements of this diverse group at the 26th Annual EAIE Conference. Continue Reading »