The field of internationalisation of higher education (IHE) is in an incredibly valuable, yet mostly under-appreciated, under-paid and overwhelmed profession. So, why are we here? This question has been posed to countless colleagues over the years, and the most common answer comes down to a beautiful hope: that education, particularly an internationalised education, will equip future leaders for the global community, empowering them to create a reality better than the one in which we currently exist.
Did you know that the Czech Republic hosts more than 2000 castles, being one of the countries with the highest density of castles in the world? Do you know what Škoda means? Or who invented modern soft contact lenses? Read on to find out some really interesting facts about this fascinating country and look forward to a memorable EAIE Conference in the heart of Europe! Continue Reading »
International internships are gaining greater importance in the international higher education arena. Traditional international internships, where the learner travels to a company abroad, are not always feasible for all students due to financial, geographical, social or other reasons. Virtual mobility, or ICT-supported international collaboration in a learning context, offers an alternative, but how can you ensure the student is getting the most out of the experience?
In a country where beer is such an integral part of the culture, history and society, it’s not surprising that the study and practice of making beer extends into Czech higher education. In fact, some institutions have breweries that are situated right on their university campuses. We spoke to representatives of two higher education institutions that have brewing programmes. Read on to learn what we found out. Continue Reading »
Today’s students are savvy. They want answers to their questions straight away, answers that are clear and concise. They will not struggle through block text; they want the answers in a sentence, a picture or even a video. The changes in how students select a university are subtle – quality is still the main factor but climbing steadily up the priority list of demands is graduate outcomes, links with employers. The changes in priority may be subtle but the demands in terms of information required are growing at a steady rate. Continue Reading »
Many years of international education have provided a number of positive outcomes of which we are all aware; however, there have also been some negative developments. One such development is the vulnerability of colleagues managing the international office, whose positions are often at risk for a wide variety of reasons. Lack of institutional support, constant turnover of management at the strategic level of universities, the demands of the position and the perception of the role at institutions are only some of the difficulties faced by international officers. Continue Reading »
Encouraging students to participate in an education abroad experience because it is ‘career-enhancing’ or ‘life-changing’ is a common promotional message. Education abroad offices (EAOs) spend the majority of time, energy and finances on preparing the student to go on this ‘life-changing experience’, however EAOs often lose sight of support that is needed upon return. Now that a student has completed this experience that has altered their professional goals, why do we drop the ball when it comes to supporting them upon return? Continue Reading »
Undergrads are confronted with a difficult challenge: deciding every day what to do, when and with whom. Given the average age of undergraduates – late teens to early 20s – it is not surprising that many are still insecure regarding core aspects of their life, such as identity, sexuality, career, friendships, etc. These things need time to be figured out. Time, many students say, they don’t have, especially during busy exam periods. How can you, as a student adviser, help them through such high-pressure periods?
As our attention turns to Prague for the 2014 EAIE Conference, we’re taking a look at higher education and its evolution in the Czech Republic. Home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, Prague will provide quite a treat for us this September. So why not take a peek into the history books to discover how this landlocked country in the heart of Europe developed its higher education offerings, attracting tens of thousands of foreign students each year. Continue Reading »
The welcome appearance of summer across Europe signals one thing at EAIE: the countdown to Prague is well and truly on! If you’re looking for some extra-curricular activities to fill your conference free time this September at the 2014 EAIE Conference, here are our top ten city tips as featured in the winter 2013 issue of EAIE Forum magazine. Just make sure you save some time for all the exciting conference events too!