The face of internationalisation in Europe: brand new EAIE study unveiled

The face of internationalisation in Europe: brand new EAIE study unveiled

What are the major trends taking place in internationalisation of higher education in Europe? What are the main challenges facing you as a practitioner in the field? What internationalisation activities are you or your institution involved in? A brand new study, The EAIE Barometer: Internationalisation in Europe, has been unveiled by the EAIE, aiming to uncover the true state of internationalisation across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

“Although many studies have taken place before on the topic of internationalisation, this is the only one to focus directly on those who make internationalisation work in practice,” explains EAIE Executive Director, Leonard Engel. “We aim to utilise our extensive network of individuals across Europe who are actively engaged in internationalisation in order to produce a comprehensive picture of where internationalisation stands today, where it is potentially heading, and how we can help drive it further.”

The EAIE Barometer: Internationalisation in Europe is being carried out on behalf of the EAIE by leading European research and consultancy company, Ecorys. Ruud van der Aa, Project Director at Ecorys, believes the survey will provide “a unique opportunity to share experiences, not only strengthening the knowledge base for policy makers but also addressing the performance and skills of people in their day-to-day work in internationalisation.”

The e-survey is open to all individuals working in the field of international higher education within the EHEA, and is available online from 13 March until 16 May. The results of the study will be announced at the EAIE Conference in Prague in September 2014.

Sara López Selga, Director of International Relations at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Fulbright-Schuman Grantee has been involved in developing the survey, and is enthusiastic about its potential: “The EAIE Barometer aims at feeling the pulse of internationalisation. It will reveal the trends and challenges of internationalisation of higher education in Europe and throw light on their impact on our daily work.”

In the midst of a constantly evolving international education field, the survey is expected to provide essential insights to all those organisations working to assist those practitioners directly involved in international education and help drive internationalisation to the next level. For more information on this new initiative, and for updates, please see the EAIE website. To tweet about the EAIE Barometer, you can use the special hashtag: #EAIEBarometer.

Also make sure you join the EAIE Barometer session on 18 September at EAIE Prague 2014 to find out the first results of the study. Sign up for the conference by 27 August midnight CEST.