Posts By: Markus Laitinen

01 Mar 2017

Voldemort and the elephant in the room

Last week, I attended the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference in Washington DC together with EAIE Vice-President Sabine Pendl. Just a month after the presidential inauguration, it should perhaps not have come as a surprise that the event was dominated by an outrage against the (suspended) executive order to ban travel from seven countries,… Read more »

31 Jan 2017

Connecting worlds: the Second Global Dialogue

In 2014, the international higher education associations of the world came together in South Africa for what became known as the Global Dialogue. The aim then was to achieve a more balanced discourse in internationalisation, and a concrete outcome was the Nelson Mandela Bay Global Dialogue Declaration. The Declaration contained several actions for the participating… Read more »

22 Nov 2016

Words of action

This year, the international higher education community was, in many ways, shaken to its core. Recent world events have led international educators to question what it means to promote internationalisation in times of seemingly growing insularity. Resistance to global forces is nothing new, but it certainly appears to be gaining momentum in mainstream politics. Reflecting… Read more »

27 Sep 2016

Who’s afraid of the big bad strategy? Where the EAIE is heading 2016–2020

In the past I have sometimes wondered about the relevance of various internationalisation strategies, be they institutional, national or European. Do they really manifest themselves in the day-to-day lives of international higher education practitioners? After having been intimately involved with the development of a new 2016–2020 EAIE strategy as the Vice-President, I am acutely aware… Read more »

31 Aug 2015

University rankings and sport

Sports often make interesting metaphors for discussing internationalisation. Being a semi-serious sports fan and a long distance runner, I was intrigued by the recent article by Maria Yudkevich, Philip Altbach and Laura Rumbley in Times Higher Education. The authors saw many parallels between university rankings and the Olympics. Having watched the IAAF Athletics World Championships over the last… Read more »

12 May 2015

Top priorities in higher education internationalisation in Europe

Internationalisation of higher education might not be considered quite as compelling as Woody Allen’s 1972 film about sex, but with the publication of the EAIE Barometer all involved in the field, from practitioners to policy makers, have a horn of plenty available to them. Usually rectors, vice chancellors and other higher education leaders get to have… Read more »

29 Oct 2013

How to get a headache by winning an award

This is the first blog in a series of posts highlighting some of the 2013 EAIE Award winners and the significant contributions they have made to the international higher education field. Read the University of Helsinki’s award story. As the winner of the 2013 EAIE Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation, they’ve shared some tips… Read more »