2016-2017 AIEA Thematic Forums 

Mapping Strategies to Reach Your Vision for International Education 
February 1-3, 2017 
Texas Christian University 

Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: Perspectives from the East and West
March 26-27, 2017
University of Central Florida (also hosted by The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies)

Far Beyond Recruitment: Understanding Chinese International Students and Helping Them Succeed
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

The United States as an Arctic Nation: Opportunities for Collaboration in Internationalization
May 7-8, 2017 
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska (also hosted by Dartmouth College)

 


Mapping Strategies to Reach Your Vision for International Education 

February 1-3, 2017 
Texas Christian University 
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The Thematic Forum Mapping Strategies to Reach Your Vision for International Education is designed specifically for senior international officers interested in evaluating their approach to international education on their campus to ensure current issues in the global world are being addressed. Institutions from across higher education embrace internationalization through many different approaches and with ever increasing methods and frameworks. This forum is focused upon how leaders can elevate the quality of internationalization on campus with cohesiveness, intentionality and consideration for latest issues in the world. 

 

 


 

Teaching Tolerance & Peace in Education: Perspectives from the East and West

March 26-27, 2017
University of Central Florida (also hosted by The Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research & Studies

Throughout history, education has played a central role in managing change – in economics, social norms, and increased global interdependence. Since 2001, the world has grappled to meet the challenges posed by extremism, political instability, economic inequality, and social unrest. The world’s political, religious, business, and cultural leaders have sought answers as to how to promote stability through understanding. Education is seen as a proven vehicle of change. What role does education play in promoting tolerance and peace? How have educators addressed past challenges to social unity on a national and international level? What programs and approaches worked in promoting these ideals? 

What can be done on the local, national, and international level to promote these values, which are essential for international cooperation and stability? Next March, the University of Central Florida’s Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Program for Strategic Research and Studies will host a forum at UCF in an attempt to answer these questions. 

The UCF event will primarily feature Western experts, but using conferencing technology will also link up with expert voices from the Middle East. Conferencing connections will also enable international student and faculty participation. Examining similar questions and issues, UCF will then produce a detail paper summarizing findings. This report will provide an overview of different approaches to the issue, as well as identify projects and programs which promote the concepts of tolerance and peace in education.


Far Beyond Recruitment:
Understanding Chinese International Students and Helping Them Succeed

Forum Website

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Flyer (.pdf)

This forum, intended for SIOs, Deans, and Student Affairs leaders, will focus on helping Chinese international students succeed in the US. Over the last decade, the number of Chinese international students has exceeded 50% of all international students in the US. Along with increasing numbers, issues and concerns have been raised about these students’ academic integrity, English skills, and acculturation. The thematic forum zooms into this target group to give in-depth treatment from both emic and etic views. The forum intends to bring faculty and administrators (e.g. admissions, enrollment, advising, ESL programs, student affairs and career services) together with SIOs to address the issue by highlighting best practices and showcasing cutting-edge research on language and communication on global campuses.

Forum Participants will

  • learn common characteristics among Chinese heritage and international students
  • hear cutting–edge research on language and communication on global campuses
  • take away innovative ideas and interventions to help Chinese international student populations succeed
  • replicate interventions and best practices for other sub-groups of international students
  • engage in formal and informal break-out sessions with participants and leaders

 


The United States as an Arctic Nation:
Opportunities for Collaboration in Internationalization

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Dartmouth College
May 7-8, 2017; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska
Flyer (.pdf)

This Thematic Forum will engage senior international officers and university leaders in exploring internationalization activities that include Arctic locations, promote faculty and student exchanges with Arctic nations, and support increased awareness of Arctic issues as a platform for partnership within the United States and internationally.

This forum is of particular relevance to senior international officers considering approaches to introducing Arctic Studies in the context of internationalization and the importance and viability of Arctic nations as destinations for education abroad.

Strategic issues:

  • Investment of time, resources in Arctic-focused partnership and program development to enhance the institution’s international profile.  
  • Assessment of compatibility of academic and research programs according to institutional priorities.
  • Evaluation of opportunities for collaboration within and external to the Arctic.
  • Awareness of U.S. national interests as areas of consideration for partnership and program development.

Forum objectives:

  • Dialogue with experts on Arctic research, indigenous perspectives and community engagement.
  • Identify U.S. educational priorities with relevance to the Arctic and Arctic issues.
  • Explore participation in the UArctic network as an example of multilateral engagement in area studies.
  • Exchange ideas on effective leveraging of connections for strategic planning and in the development of domestic and international partnerships.

For more information, contact Donna Anger