IAU- General Conference, San Juan – Nov 2012Hans-Georg van Liempd President EAIE – Tilburg University, the NetherlandsRE-THINKINGINTERNATIONALISATION -Where are we?The role of EAIE
Main questions1. What is meant by Internationalisation of HE?2. What are the benefits and the risks3. Who benefits and is at risk?
Other questions1. What is the EAIE?2. What is the role of EAIE in shaping our members? And bring this back to their respective institution3. Two examples specifically the Leadership Study the International Student Mobility charter
What is the EAIE: missionThe mission of the EAIE is:• The EAIE’s mission is to professionalise our members and to actively serve all those involved in internationalization of higher education
Key factsProfessionalDevelopment Founded in 1989 Over 2500 members Largest From over international 100 higher education countries conference worldwide in Europe
Type of organisation • Not for profit • Membership based • Members elect the leadership • Membership influence – Professional Sections – Special Interest Groups – and more • Dependent of membership expertise
What is the EAIE: membership• Rectors and vice-rectors• Directors and staff of international offices• Exchange programme coordinators• Credential evaluators• Language specialists• Academic staff and counsellors• Educators and researchers• Recruitment officers• Etc
Main activities: four pillars1. Annual conference2. Professional Development Programme3. Publications4. Alliances and reaching out
Yearly conference• Largest conference in Europe on International Higher Education• More than 130 quality sessions• More than 40 workshops• Dialogues, seminars and networking events• Exhibition with over 130 organisations• In 2012 4350 participants• In 2013 in Istanbul - 25th conference
Role of the conference• Networking & knowledge transfer• Started in 1989 with basic idea of internationalisation and very practical level• Now offers practical and theoretical to in-depth discusssions on the role and purpose of internationalisation of HE• All levels: practitioners – strategists - decision makers
Professional Development• EAIE Academy – 12 training courses each twice per year - Valencia, Goteborg, Porto, Birmingham• Thematic seminar – Milan, 22-23 April 2012 – Internationalisation at Home• Online training – in the making• In house training – various institutions and locations
Role of professional development• To meet the needs of professionals in the field• To learn and develop• To share and deliver• To become critical and aware• Cutting edge information – practical tools – learning from peers• Train the trainers• Building skills, competencies and knowledge• Awareness of the own role in the field and at the institution
Publications• Forum magazine: member magazine three times a year• Occasional papers: provide in-depth coverage of collective theme – book length• 15 articles in the Handbook for Internationalisation• Partner in the Journal of Studies for International Education• Conference Conversation Starter
Role of publications• Background reading for policy and stategy- making and for pracitioners• Latest updates• Possibility to actively contribute• Build expertise and awareness
Alliances and reaching out• Responsibility of EAIE –serve our members, also partner with sister-organisations around the world – European Commission, ACA, EUA, ESMU, national agencies etc. – IAU, AIEA, IEAA, NAFSA, IEASA, ANIE, APAIE etc.• Work together on projects to enhance international cooperation and understanding
Alliances and reaching out• EU-projects: – Gulf/Med EM program: provide training and workshops on Strategy in Internationalisation – Israel institutions: provide training and workshops on strategy in internationalisation• Projects with partner organisations: – Leadership Study – EAIE and IEAA – International Student Mobility Charter – IAU’s Call for Action affirming the academic values in internationalisation of higher education
Leadership study EAIE and IEAA• Leadership Needs in International Higher Education in Europe and Australia• Identify gaps between what leaders perceive as the reality of their roles and what they ideally see as the skills they need to have to be effective leaders• Answers to these questions could then inform the design of appropriate leadership development activities for EAIE and IEAA, separately and jointly.
Leadership study: benefits• Impact on societies• Improved student outcomes• Institutional benefits• Program benefits• Economic benefits• Education for development
Leadership study: obstacles• Resources (Europe and Australia)• Government policies and regulations (especially concerning student visas) and the politicization of international education (Australia)• Lack of leadership, vision and strategy (Europe)• The mismatch of educational systems (Europe)• Tying of internationalization to the financial imperative (Australia)
Leadership study: obstacles (cont.)• Lack of foreign language skills (Europe)• Lack of institutional support for broad internationalisation (Australia)• Attitudes of academic staff (Europe and Australia)• Societal attitudes to internationalization - “inward looking country climate”, “ethnocentricity”, “nationalism”, “xenophobia” (Europe and Australia)
Leadership study: key priorities• Student and staff mobility• Building institutional relationships• Development of an internationalised curriculum and curriculum innovation• Priorities related to socio-cultural benefits
International Student MobilityCharter• Growth in mobility worldwide• Investment from individuals, institutions and countries• Receiving countries – wealth of cultural and intellectual diversity, revenue and labour force• Responsibility of institutions – home and host to secure the rights and welfare• Therefore EAIE set up a International Student mobility charter to safeguard the welfare
10 items of the charter1. Equity of treatment2. Intercultural competences3. Integration of international students4. Opportunity to complete studies5. Portability and continuity of funding
10 items of the charter6. Student status7. Visas and formal requirements8. Information9. Student rights support10.Quality assurance
Dissemination of the Charter• Endorsing the charter: – AIEA, IEAA, CONAHEC, ESN (International and Netherlands), NUS (UK) etc.• On EAIE website• Next steps with NIEA• www.eaie.org/home/in-the-field/policy- advocacy/international-student-mobility-charter
Re-thinking• International Higher Education – constant change – shifting focus and values – individual interpretation• Responsibility of International Associations• Rethinking: – from income and output – to input and outcome
ConclusionEAIE’s role• in shaping and creating awareness amongst our stakeholders of shared and varied values in international higher education• by various means• on our own and with various partners worldwide
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