The EAIE’s 25th Annual Conference programme is now online and bursting with new, innovative activities! In addition to the vast range of sessions, workshops, and networking events, this year we’re offering a lively Ignite© session, an interactive Exhibitor Live Zone, and an exclusive Member Lounge where EAIE members can relax with a coffee and a massage. Before the conference gets underway, check out this year’s inspiring keynote speakers: Elif Shafak and Jack Uldrich. Continue Reading »
Technology has changed the way international educators work with and connect with their students. There has been no other platform in the past 10 years that has had such a transformative effect on international education and the way we communicate as technology and in particular, social media. How can your institution get the most out of social media for communicating with students?
Proof of funding is a critical requirement for study at the world’s top higher education institutions. Prospective international students must show evidence of sufficient funds to support the costs of living and studying in that country, as a condition for student visa approval. The current process for verifying funds is mostly paper-based and cumbersome, with considerable potential for fraud. However, recent developments are helping to push this process into the digital age.
Student mobility is on the rise. A previous Communiqué of the Conference of European Ministers Responsible for Higher Education set a target of at least 20% of those graduating in the European higher education area having participated in a study or training period abroad by 2020. While this aim is very desirable, it does beg the question: What about the remaining 80% of students who may not engage in some kind of physical mobility during their studies?
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is the buzz phrase right now. Two professors making their vision a reality by making knowledge available for all is a very commendable initiative. In fact, very few initiatives in the past decades come so close to fulfilling the mission of higher education institutions. What should European higher education institutions be doing to harness the power of this new form of education?
Technology is changing the way we teach, the way we learn, and the internationalisation of higher education. From the invention of the blackboard in the 1800s to the current-day boom in online open education, technology is driving dramatic change for higher education professionals. In this week-long series of blog posts, we will explore a variety of technological developments that aim to enrich international higher education.
The International Association of Universities (IAU) recently held its 5th Global Meeting of Associations, co-organised with the Northern Consortium of UK Universities, in Manchester. The theme of the meeting, Institutional Diversity in Higher Education: Advantage or Threat for Associations, was discussed in-depth over one and a half days by some 70 representatives of higher education associations from around the world. Continue Reading »
The vast majority of people working in the field of international education in Europe and beyond are non-native speakers of English, yet many are called upon to use English in a variety of professional settings on a daily basis. Many skilled professionals feel less than comfortable when asked to make a professional presentation in English or participate in an international meeting or set of talks with other colleagues. Writing effective emails in English can also be an issue. How can we overcome these challenges?
Liability issues have encouraged or, in some cases, forced international educators to draw up crisis management protocols and begin the task of assessing the risks inherent in all their international programmes. No one expects international educators to be lawyers, yet we are increasingly being held responsible for understanding the legal consequences of poor implementation of a crisis management strategy. Are we taking unnecessary risks that could backfire on the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students?
Today we’re wrapping up yet another successful EAIE Academy. The event was marked by the launch of four new courses focusing on some of the most discussed topics in higher education: cultural learning in education abroad, digital marketing, strategic academic partnerships and admissions processes. The highly practical knowledge that was imparted to participants is based on a wealth of experience and data from the trainers. Read on to discover some of the valuable tips for digital marketing and admissions processes which were given to participants over the last few days.