EAIE Community Summit: The impact imperative

Secure your place at the Community Summit. More than an online meeting, during the Community Summit you can share best practices, meet with peers and be inspired for the rest of the year. Registration is open to everyone, and free to join for EAIE members.

Theme: Impact

As we navigate uncertainty and constant change, our sector is faced with a growing need to understand and articulate the impact of internationalisation in clear and measurable terms. For example, what are our expectations of the international office as technology rapidly redefines the relationships between mobility, international engagement and intercultural learning? Can the partnerships we have long relied on continue to deliver meaningful results in the face of major logistical and financial challenges? How can we anticipate these and other developments in our strategic planning and translate them to actionable goals? The 2021 EAIE Community Summit: The impact imperative will offer peer-to-peer insights and examples of how we can increase the impact we make in our daily work. View the full programme below.

THE COMMUNITY SUMMIT AT A GLANCE: 

  • Six hours of content and interaction with the international education community 
  • Two sessions per day conducted online 
  • Free of charge for EAIE members
  • Non-members can register for all four sessions for €89
  • Daily networking activities 
  • Peer-led break-out discussions following each session
  • Actionable examples on how to increase your personal impact

Registration for the Summit is now open

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Programme

Each session will start with an informative webcast presentation by our guest speakers followed by peer-led discussions in small groups. You can use the coffee catch-ups to keep the conversation going and network with fellow participants and re-connect with old EAIE friends. 

Day 1

Session 1: The international office of the future

Thursday 18 March |  11:00–13:00 CET

The Community Summit kicks off with an opening address by Hamish Coates, professor and director of the Institute of Education at Tsinghua University, China, providing his perspective on meeting the demands of the impact imperative. Following this introduction, Tayyeb Shah and Yulia Grinkevich will lead a discussion on the evolution of the international office and the shifting operational needs and strategic objectives these developments bring with it.  

Coffee catch-up

Thursday 18 March |  13:00–14:00 CET

Drop in anytime during the coffee hour with your drink of choice and turn on your webcam for an informal chat with your fellow participants.

Session 2: The partnerships we need for today and tomorrow

Thursday 18 March |  15:00–16:30 CET

Sustaining existing partnerships that are heavily reliant on pre-pandemic conditions presents unique challenges. In parallel, thinking toward the future and how new and different kinds of partnerships may expand our institutions’ impact through international engagement is also critical. Together with speaker Sara López-Selga and Anna-Maria Salmi, participants will explore several key dimensions of this complex yet exciting moment for international higher education partnerships. 

Coffee catch-up

Thursday 18 March |  16:30–17:30 CET

Drop in anytime during the coffee hour with your drink of choice and turn on your webcam for an informal chat with your fellow participants.

Day 2 

Session 3: High-impact online student experiences

FRIDAY 19 MARCH | 11:00–12:30 CET

What have we learned about engaging students effectively when it comes to cultivating the crucial skills they need and that have been identified as key goals of impactful international education experiences? This session will present specific examples of how technology-mediated experiences – whether in the virtual classroom or in online social spheres – can have a meaningful impact on student learning and development. Eva Haug and Mirjam Hauck will lead the discussion.   

Coffee catch-up

FRIDAY 19 MARCH |  12:30–13:30 CET

Drop in anytime during the coffee hour with your drink of choice and turn on your webcam for an informal chat with your fellow participants.

Session 4: Strategic planning and assessment for a new era

FRIDAY 19 MARCH |  15:00–16:30 CET

As we look to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, how can our institutions zero in on their most relevant aspirations, develop their systems for achieving those goals, and generate the impact they desire? This session will showcase concrete perspectives on how we can act on the urgent need to get from here to there. This session, led by Phil Baty and Anna Grönlund, will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the ways they might build their strategies to integrate these new developments. 

If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.