What constitutes African higher education? Does it involve a European-like system? What challenges and opportunities is it facing? How should European higher education institutions (HEIs) interact with African HEIs? In December, a special event is taking place in Brussels to discuss these very questions. The seminar, ‘For mutual gain: Euro-African cooperation in higher education’ will focus specifically on cooperation between European and African HEIs.
Category ‘Strategic networks’
Strategy is about making tough choices. As Michael Porter asserts in the Harvard Business Review, “Strategy renders choices about what not to do as important as choices about what to do.” Higher education leaders are expected to drive the decision-making processes and set the future directions for their universities or departments. Rahul Choudaha, winner of the 2013 EAIE Tony Adams Award, shares his perspective about the importance of informed internationalisation strategies in this second blog in our series featuring EAIE award winners. Continue Reading »
As the crux of the 25th Annual EAIE Conference gets underway under bright and sunny Istanbul skies, EAIE conference participants have been arriving in their droves at the Istanbul Congress Center to start an exciting journey of knowledge exchange at this milestone event. A vast array of sessions took place today together with an engaging dialogue discussing the importance of transnational education.
In this third blog post of the series on global partnerships, a second author of the EAIE Conference Conversation Starter, Manja Klemencic, looks at the current situation of higher education in the Western Balkan countries and how internationalisation is greatly needed for institutional capacity building. While the countries within the region are diverse, similar challenges and opportunities exist.
In this second blog post of the series of ‘Weaving the future of global partnerships’, Patti McGill Peterson, one of the authors of the EAIE Conference Conversation Starter 2013, takes a look at the growing occurrence of ‘public diplomacy’ on an international scale and explores the motives and outcomes for such collaboration. Higher education has always been a critical component of public diplomacy and it’s role is never more prominent than today.
What do the rector of the University of Zagreb, the president of the International Association of Universities, a former Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and the American Council on Education’s presidential adviser for global initiatives, all have in common? Each of these individuals has crafted a thoughtful essay on the EAIE’s Annual Conference theme for 2013, ‘Weaving the future of global partnerships’.
Higher education institutions get involved in internationalisation in different ways, for many different reasons. From routine student exchange programmes to cross-border collaborative arrangements, the most striking dimension of the internationalisation process has been its speed and variety. Growth has been particularly strong in the number of students studying in their home country with foreign higher education institutions operating outside of their own national space. Continue Reading »
For those with an interest in cooperation with the Arab countries, an important event took place at the end of May: the first Euro-Arab conference on higher education, hosted by the University of Barcelona. The Arab region is often overlooked for the benefit of countries further away from Europe and it is a region that we, for many reasons, hesitate to approach even though its vicinity to Europe should invite to the contrary.
When I was a child, my mother told me never talk to strangers. I imagine yours did the same. Now, as an adult, I am telling you it’s time to ignore your mother’s warning and talk to as many strangers as you can. All the time. With abandon. Networking is, in fact, about talking to strangers. It is about building a circle of people – your circle- or expanding on an existing one. Networking means making connections and ultimately reaching goals, whatever those goals may be. Continue Reading »