Forum magazine and blog

The EAIE author community is ever expanding. We welcome submissions from members and non-members alike, and from internationalisation professionals in all capacities. You can find specific information on how to contribute to our two main platforms below.

Forum

Forum is the EAIE member magazine, published three times a year in spring, summer and winter. The magazine is themed, approaching a single topic from multiple angles and a range of geographies with each issue. As soon as a theme and deadline are known, we open a general call for articles. Upcoming theme descriptions can be found on this page. EAIE members receive the magazine in print at home, but can also access it online.

Read more about the issue themes below, and submit your article to EAIE Publications.

Spring Forum – Digitalisation

Digitalisation

Deadline to submit: 13 January 2020

Digitalisation is affecting how we interact with each other, perform our daily tasks and ‘think big’ about the future. This poses opportunities as well as challenges for the internationalisation of higher education. Thanks to digitalisation, students and researchers have a wealth of information at their fingertips and are able to cooperate across the globe in virtual environments, for example within the framework of online international learning and virtual mobility. Digital solutions also allow for efficiency gains in institutional processes, while blended learning options offer flexibility to learners and instructors alike. At the same time, administrative and academic staff are not always trained or supported to leverage digital tools, and not all individuals or institutions have the same kinds of access to digital platforms. The fast production of information and evolution of technologies also make it challenging to simply ‘keep up’ and to know how to best plan for the future.

Possible article topics for this issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • In what ways are higher education institutions’ digital strategies exerting influences on internationalisation and vice versa?
  • What kinds of implications does digitalisation have for how students and staff experience mobility?
  • What does ‘Erasmus+ going paperless’ mean and how will this play out in practice?
  • What kinds of dynamics should we know and understand when it comes to digitalisation in internationalisation and GDPR compliance?
  • What roles can digitalisation play in fostering international partnerships and what challenges can it present?
  • What does digitalisation mean today in relation to the learning and teaching experience in the higher education classroom? What challenges and opportunities are apparent with respect to course/programme design or student assessment?
  • How are digital tools and solutions affecting international marketing and recruitment practices?
  • What is artificial intelligence (AI) and what impacts can we expect to see it make on (international) higher education?
  • Does digitalisation help or hinder inclusive internationalisation?

Summer Forum – Employability for the 21st century

Employability for the 21st century

Deadline to submit: 30 March 2020

The world of work is changing rapidly, and addressing these changes in meaningful ways is a topic of immense interest to educators, policymakers and the general public. Higher education is being asked to produce graduates with everything from hard skills to soft skills, self-awareness to intercultural competencies, field-specific knowledge to transversal talents, local insights to global sensitivities. The list of ideal graduate attributes is broad in both scope and complexity, all of which presents enormous challenges and exciting opportunities for the (international) higher education sector. This issue of Forum seeks to provide a range of insights into what the call for ‘employability for the 21st century’ means to international higher education professionals across Europe and beyond.

Possible article topics for this issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • How do higher education institutions (HEIs) and other key stakeholders define ‘employability’? Is it all about skills and jobs or does employability encompass something more? And what do these understandings of employability mean for internationalisation of higher education?
  • What national, regional and/or institutional skills or employability programmes stand out as interesting examples of good practice? How does internationalisation factor into these programmes?
  • What do we know about employer expectations of graduates, and how can we foster better engagement between HEIs and employers to limit skill gaps and mismatches?
  • How do HEIs help their graduates find their way into the global labour market?
  • In what ways are HEI career services professionals and international education professionals collaborating in relation to employability matters?
  • What role do international alumni play in institutional strategies for graduate employability?
  • What curricular innovations stand out in relation to transversal skills development and employability?
  • How is the co-curriculum being leveraged to prepare students for the world of work?
  • What is the role of international placements/internships in fostering 21st century employability?
  • In what ways can social responsibility and global citizenship be seen as components of employability?

Winter Forum – Resilience in uncertain times

Resilience in uncertain times

Deadline to submit: 03 August 2020

How resilient is internationalisation and the people and institutions it touches? The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is only the latest in a series of stress tests for international education in recent years. From terrorist attacks on major European cities, to authoritarian governments moving to limit academic freedom, to the slow-burning climate crisis, our values and our viability as a sector continue to confront new challenges and will likely continue to do so in the future. Indeed, the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted the need to be able to think on our feet in an ever-changing world – perhaps not coincidentally, some of the same values we aim to instill in students via international and intercultural experiences.

In this issue of Forum, we will seek to highlight the many faces of resilience in internationalisation at the personal, programmatic and institutional levels, but also the many ways in which internationalisation itself, as a professional field and as an overarching trend in higher education, may need to show resilience in these uncertain times.

Possible article topics for this issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • How have previous crises helped prepare your programme, institution, or the wider field of internationalisation for the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How resilient are our values under pressure? Do crises lead to more solidarity and mutual understanding, or do they expose cracks in our professed values? How can we ensure that we operate according to our principles during a crisis?
  • Has the COVID-19 outbreak (or previous crises) revealed new opportunities or spurred innovation? This might include innovations in digital delivery of teaching and learning activities, new approaches to international programme management, or evolutions in partnership relations.
  • Are institutions doing enough in relation to international crisis and risk management planning, and if not what should they be doing differently?
  • Climate resilience is on the minds of many in the face of such crises as the Australian bushfires of 2019–2020. What roles should international education play in the climate resilience agenda?
  • Were staff at your institution adequately prepared – professionally but also personally – to deal with the impact of COVID-19? How can we foster staff resilience to unexpected crises with a human toll?
  • Are we doing enough to produce resilient graduates who are prepared to operate in a world of political and public health crises? If not, what should we be doing differently?
  • In an age of ongoing global crises, how viable is the field of internationalisation as a whole? Are there steps that need to be taken to ensure the long-term resilience of internationalisation in our changing world?

Blog

The EAIE blog is an accessible, quick way to get your ideas out into the world. Share your expertise and best practices, and discuss opinions and current events. Blog posts are promoted on all of our social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn), reaching thousands of international educators.