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20 Jul 2012

Setting up a summer school: where to start?

international summer schools toolkitYou 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? Continue Reading
28 Jun 2012

What intercultural skills do you need as a trainer?

intercultural skills for trainersEAIE 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! Continue Reading
22 Jun 2012

The international officer as a diplomat

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.   Continue Reading
05 Jun 2012

4 steps for creating sustainable academic partnerships

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.  Continue Reading
01 Jun 2012

Discover the topic everyone’s talking about at NAFSA

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. Continue Reading
23 May 2012

Future leaders of the EAIE

Last week, the EAIE General Council and three EAIE Committees met in Västerås, the EAIE President’s Swedish home town, to discuss future strategies and plans for the Association, and to learn of the new EAIE Leadership for the next two years. The EAIE President Gudrun Paulsdottir, together with her institution, Mälardalen University, provided wonderful hospitality for the meetings which play a crucial role in driving developments of the Association forward. Continue Reading
09 May 2012

The life cycle of international offices

Lifecycle of international officesAs Executive Director of the EAIE, I often have the chance to speak to professionals in higher education about the issues they face. I find myself in a privileged position because I have worked for 25 years in the field. Since I became Director I have gained a much broader perspective on higher education, with many opportunities to hear stories and observe what is going on. I also like to follow the discussions that are taking place on LinkedIn. This new EAIE blog gives me, and others, the opportunity to share observations and to receive your comments and feedback.  Continue Reading
27 Apr 2012

Valencia to Gothenburg: Academy alumni share their experiences

Lene Birkegaard Pedersen and Tanja Hansen, alumni of the first EAIE Academy in Valencia are again with us, this time in Gothenburg. Both of them are from the Faculty of Health of Aarhus University in Denmark, and both attended the ‘Internationalisation at Home: effecting change in your institution’ course in Valencia as their university was planning to implement an international strategy at the faculty level. Continue Reading
25 Apr 2012

What’s going on at the EAIE Academy in Gothenburg?

The second EAIE Academy is taking place this week, 23-27 April, at the University of Gothenburg and as expected, it’s proving to be a real success. As Academy participant, Valeriya from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, says: “From my own experience of organising such events, I know how difficult it is to please everyone… Read more »