EXPLORING INTERNATIONALIZATION IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
With the COVID-19 pandemic having a significant impact on global society, this sub-theme explores how internationalization has changed and will continue changing, and how international education leaders can continue to navigate and succeed in the post-pandemic world including as entrepreneurs, visionaries, innovators, change agents, and advocates. Additionally, university leaders can examine the policies and regulations governing internationalization, including visa and immigration laws, and work to ensure compliance while still maintaining a commitment to global engagement. What has changed in global engagement, including emerging themes, and what are the best ways to address these changes? What innovations and strategies do international education leaders need to implement in this new era so that our institutions are transformed? Who do international education leaders need to be partnering with now, including our students, in navigating post-pandemic issues in our field? What are examples of successfully navigating policies, regulations, and geopolitics within the current realities of international education?
UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN INTERNATIONALIZATION
Technology, particularly AI, has become increasingly important in post pandemic society, and this sub-theme examines how universities can leverage technology to improve their internationalization efforts as well as explore how AI is and will impact the field of international education. What technologies are useful in internationalization efforts? What needs to change in internationalization strategies to make better use of technology? What ethical considerations should be taken into account when using these technologies such as generative AI? How can these technologies help facilitate intercultural communication and understanding in international education and what might some of the challenges be?
LEVERAGING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION THROUGH A MULTICULTURAL CAMPUS ENVIRONMENT
As higher education institutions become increasingly multicultural, it becomes imperative for leaders to ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment. How can university leaders focus on creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment that values and celebrates diversity, and that fosters cross-cultural understanding and collaboration while addressing systemic oppression and inequity? What are some concrete examples of ways in which leaders are addressing systemic inequities? Whose voices are missing in international education? How can international education be more intentional and inclusive in developing beloved community? How can international education leaders take the lead on actively addressing racism and discrimination, within the campus community and beyond?
Navigating Risk Management
With political and economic instability increasing in some parts of the world, this sub-theme examines how higher education can navigate these risks to successfully internationalize our institutions. What are ways that leaders can work with risk-adverse institutions? What structures and policies are most effective in navigating risk? What are some emerging issues that leaders need to be addressing in regard to risk management? How can leaders pro-actively address risk and crisis management in international education?
Prioritizing Sustainable Internationalization
With sustainability becoming a key concern for many organizations and higher education institutions, this sub-theme explores how universities can effectively internationalize while also prioritizing sustainability using the UN’s SDG’s as a blueprint. What can international education leaders do to refocus partnerships, programs and global learning opportunities to address climate sustainability? How can leaders work with students in co-creating sustainable internationalization? What are some metrics to measure sustainable internationalization efforts including with students, faculty and partners as well as institutional and community impact?
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