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It’s time for another Journal of Studies in International Education wrap-up. This issue addresses a range of topics from staff satisfaction and motivation in transnational education settings to an in-depth look at the results of an evaluation of a student mobility programme in South Korea, Japan, and China. The main aim of the research digest is to bridge research with practice. We hope this blog serves as a teaser to entice you to explore the articles in more detail.
Giancarlo Spinelli, Past President of the EAIE, passed away on 15 September 2017 at the age of 72. Giancarlo was a staunch supporter of the EAIE since its beginning and served as President of the Association in 1997.
The conference in sunny Seville has come to a close, but the lessons learned and the connections forged are sure to last. Following a lovely performance by the EAIE Choir and words from the Closing Plenary sponsor, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, President Markus Laitinen took the stage to share with us how conference goers plan to go forth and answer the questions posed at the beginning of the week. One common element in the answers: Reach out, listen and share experiences.
The number of English-taught bachelor’s programmes (ETBs) in continental Europe has mushroomed over the past decade, yet research on the trend and its impact across Europe is not readily available. The European Association for International Education (EAIE) and StudyPortals have partnered to explore this trend. The publication English-taught bachelor’s programmes: internationalising European higher education provides a first overview of the emergence and growth of ETBs in Europe in addition to exploring the benefits, challenges and impact of these programmes on the institutional and national level.
At the official opening of the EAIE 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition this morning, EAIE President Markus Laitinen, the General Secretariat of Universities, the Mayor of Seville and the President of Andalusia welcomed participants to the EAIE’s largest conference to date, then gave way for Keynote Alexander Betts to inspire and promote inclusivity in our field. The theme of this year’s conference, ‘a mosaic of cultures’ was influenced not only by the tiles that cover the beautiful city of Seville but also by the vast array of backgrounds found in our very own international higher education community, working together to improve access to education for future generations.
The next post-truth news headline is in the making. Business and Industry on Verge of Collapse! No one left to manage our businesses and lead our companies. With the plethora of negative epithets bestowed upon millennials and the persistent whining about their perceived apathy we could easily be duped into believing that future social cohesion and economic development are about to implode. We constantly hear that millennials cannot be expected to undertake even the simplest of tasks. However, considering the current state of global affairs, some might believe the baby boomers have little to brag about. Do not despair – the future is bright.
If you’re lucky enough to be one of the more than 6000 people from 95 countries in Seville to attend the 29th annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition this week, you may be wondering about the higher education sector in the host country, and how internationalisation is developing in Spanish institutions. Many of you already know that Spain has been very successful in the Erasmus programme as a favourite destination of Erasmus students and a leading country for outgoing students for well over a decade. But what else do you know about how colleagues in Spain’s 84 universities are moving towards their internationalisation agendas?
Today is the first day of the EAIE Conference and Exhibition, with the kick off of the week’s activities. Perhaps you’re looking forward to a workshop or session, or simply starting your conference week off at the Opening Reception this evening. Maybe you’ve signed up for a Campus Experience, where you will tour one of Spain’s public universities, either virtually or in person. The campus, after all, is the physical embodiment of higher education. That is why it is so important to create unity on campus – by ensuring nobody gets left behind.
Tomorrow is the day: the largest event in international higher education kicks off on Tuesday 12 September in Seville. The 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition has arrived, and with it comes a spate of opportunities to network, share ideas and collaborate. On that note, today’s blog is all about a relatively new and continuously evolving form of collaboration: virtual exchange. Read about this innovative trend in education, then mark your calendars to attend the related sessions on Wednesday afternoon. See you soon!
The 29th annual EAIE Conference is just around the corner. If you haven’t already, now is the time to download the 2017 Conference Conversation Starter. With this year’s theme, ‘a mosaic of cultures’, in mind, Elena Arigita gives us a piece that explores the multicultural roots of Europe in order to help us better understand current opinions regarding cultural and religious differences of today. Check out the final Conference Conversation Starter piece here then grab your copy of the volume before heading to Seville next week!