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In today’s rapidly changing global economy, college-level learning has become a prerequisite for individual success and national stability in the United States. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence to underscore the economic imperative of increasing college attainment.
The recent (in some cases, ongoing) economic crises affect all international educators in some shape or form. As societies and governments around the world look to higher education to take a more front-line stance in the battle to drive economic stability, it’s worth pausing for reflection on key aspects of the global environment that are shaping the educational world around us.
The EAIE is committed to recognising the outstanding contributions of professionals and institutions working in internationalisation of higher education. Each year, the EAIE presents awards to individuals and institutions which have ‘gone the extra mile’ for international higher education, officially honouring them at the Annual EAIE Conference. Here, the EAIE is proud to introduce the innovative university and the remarkable professionals who have been pursuing outstanding endeavours.
In today’s increasingly global and competitive environment, universities are being forced to think more strategically about how to position and profile themselves in order to respond to externally driven change, and internationalisation is increasingly identified as a key response. This is where, and why, strategic planning and internationalisation are coming together, with internationalisation objectives increasingly (re)shaping both the academic agenda and the organisational structure of many universities.
Polar explorer, Robert Swan; Nobel Peace laureate, Leymah Gbowee; innovative business entrepreneur, Christian Stadil: what do these high profile figures have in common? They’ve all given uplifting keynote speeches at recent EAIE Conferences, and this year’s speakers promise to be every bit as inspirational!
We are very excited to announce the keynote speakers who will be joining us in Dublin for the 2012 EAIE Conference: Sugata Mitra and Caroline Casey.
You have worked in internationalisation at a European university for several years and lately, you have noticed that a number of your partner universities are running summer schools or are in the process of setting them up. Where does this ‘summer school buzz’ come from? Is it worthwhile exploring the options for your university?
EAIE training courses have many particularities, one of them being that they always take place in an intercultural, multi-lingual environment. This is of course part of what makes them so interesting, and also at times so challenging.
After being a trainer in such an environment for almost two decades, I realise that I will never finish learning what needs to be learned in such a context – and thank goodness!
At the International luncheon at the NAFSA Conference in Houston we were treated to a speech by the recently appointed Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Jan Eliasson, former UN mediator, diplomat and Swedish Foreign Minister among other merits.
Jan Eliasson’s speech was the highlight of the conference. The experience and knowledge that this man has accumulated through his career is beyond imagination.
Are you considering collaborating with one or more higher education partners to add value to your institution? In the rapidly changing global society, HEIs need academic partners to exchange people, ideas and methods, and institutional partnerships have become big business. But how do you create partnerships which are truly sustainable? Here, Nico Evers and Jenneke Lokhoff provide you with some essential tips based on the recommendations of experts in European-Asian partnerships.
Spending the week at the NAFSA conference in Houston, Texas, I have discovered that the buzz phrase of the week is ‘comprehensive internationalisation’. For those of you engaged on the policy and strategic level of internationalisation of higher education, this is something that you may have a particular interest in. It will certainly be something that our American colleagues will refer to when discussing the approach to internationalisation.