Essay contest: What’s your vision for the future?

Essay contest: What’s your vision for the future?

Almost 25 years ago, a small number of ambitious educators realised the need for a ‘European association dealing with international education matters’. In 1989, after months of meetings, discussions, and planning, the EAIE was proudly established: a pioneering organisation with the aim to professionalise the international education arena and act as a catalyst for positive change.

In 25 years, we’ve come a long way. Internationalisation today looks quite different from those early days, and the international education community has a lot to celebrate. In 2013, when the EAIE officially celebrates its 25th Annual Conference, we will pause for a moment to take stock of where we’ve come from, but more importantly, we will look ahead with fervour to the future, in a special anniversary book publication entitled ‘The new shape of internationalisation of higher education’.

Be part of the anniversary publication

A number of esteemed authors are busy writing several chapters on thematic trends in the internationalisation of higher education, which will form the backbone of the publication. We are also inviting contributions from all those involved in international higher education – practitioners, students, scholars and others who have a view on the future of international education  –  to take part in our essay contest. Present your ideas in an interesting, engaging and creative way and the best essays (maximum of three) will be published in the anniversary publication.

Your essay

Essays may have a generic, regional or thematic approach but should look into the future.  An essay might ask the questions:

  • How will internationalisation evolve in the coming 25 years?
  • Where will internationalisation and/or the EAIE stand in the next 25 years?
  • What are the main challenges, opportunities and new manifestations of internationalisation emerging in the coming decades?
  • What will be the role of European higher education in the global context?

If your essay is chosen to be published, you will receive a fee waiver for the 2013 EAIE Conference in Istanbul.  You will also be invited to present your ideas during a session organised by the Special Interest Group Researchers in International Education (RIE) during the 2013 EAIE Conference.

Assessment procedure

The essays will be assessed anonymously by an EAIE panel led by the Book Editor Hans de Wit, EAIE Co-Founder and Past President and three other members of the editorial team, Past Presidents Linda Johnson and Fiona Hunter and Incoming President Hans-Georg van Liempd.  The EAIE reserves the right not to award any prizes if the essays received are not of an appropriately high standard.

Submission deadline

You are invited to submit your essay by 1 October 2012. The winning entries will be announced on the EAIE website and in the winter edition of the EAIE’s member magazine, Forum. The winners will also be notified directly in writing.

How to enter

Submit your essay (1000 to 1500 words) in pdf format to EAIE Publications. The essay itself should not contain any personal details. Please include the following information in the body of the e-mail:

  • Title of essay
  • Name
  • Institution
  • E-mail address
  • Telephone number

If you have any questions, please contact EAIE Publications. We look forward to receiving all your contributions and publishing the most insightful views on the future of international higher education!