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Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era

Logo for the webinar series "Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era" on a dark background. The logo consists of the name of the series with the "o" in the word education being a compass.
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The U.S. Department of State’s USA Study Abroad branch, the Fulbright Finland Foundation, and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is organizing a global webinar series "Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era". These activities support U.S. study abroad and are funded by the U.S. Government through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The organizers would also like to thank the Fulbright Commission in Portugal for their assistance. 

The series aims to raise awareness of the changing landscape of U.S. study abroad and international education, to strengthen foreign institutions' hosting capacity for U.S. students, and to increase participation in higher education strategic partnerships and engagement with U.S. university counterparts. The series aims to pave the way for long-term collaboration between higher education institutions around the world with those in the United States to increase and diversify American study abroad, as well as faculty exchanges for research, lecturing and partnership building.

This free webinar series is aimed at higher education professionals at institutions outside of the United States to enable them to better understand the evolving environment for and nature of American student mobility abroad.

Registration is required for the webinars. 

Upcoming Webinars

(Links to past webinars are available at the end of the page)

What Does the Future Hold for International Higher Education? A Conversation with Educators in Greece, Portugal, Spain and the United States

Monday, November 30, 2020

9:00-10:30 Washington, DC
14:00-15:30 Lisbon
15:00-16:30 Madrid
16:00-17:30 Athens

At this exceptional moment in time, what does the future hold for international student mobility and international education more broadly? Where should higher education professionals focus current efforts and best prepare for the ‘new normal’? This conversation between higher education leaders and/or government officials from Greece, Portugal, Spain and the United States will focus on practical ways that we, together, can shape the future international education space and increase collaboration between our countries and higher education institutions.

Sign up for the webinar by November 29, 2020 by filling out the registration formThe capacity of the webinar is 300 people.

Reimagining Comprehensive Internationalization

Thursday, December 10, 2020

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT + 2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

Speaker bios

As international mobility is interrupted by a global pandemic, it’s time to take stock and reimagine comprehensive internationalization on our campuses. In this session, we will discuss compelling arguments and strategies to internationalize our campuses “at home” and ways to develop stronger academic ties between academic institutions in the United States and across the globe. Developing plans to internationalize our campuses “at home” not only mitigates against the short-term loss of international mobility, but it makes global learning on our campuses more inclusive. By identifying and building a diverse team of key leaders and academics to champion and advance internationalization efforts, we can internationalize our campuses “at home” right now.

Sign up for the webinar by December 9, 2020 by filling out the registration formThe capacity of the webinar is 500 people.

Prioritizing Health, Safety & Security: Hosting American Students

Thursday, January 14, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

Recent events have illuminated the need to prioritize health, safety and security in international exchange program development, implementation and management for American student mobility. Leaders in international education share lessons learned from the pandemic and offer practical tips on risk assessments, emergency plans and protocols. A special focus includes emergency communication and the importance of identifying available resources and monitoring the situation closely.

Championing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in International Education

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

How do we ensure diversity, equity and inclusion as we recruit and attract future U.S. student study abroad participants and facilitate an overall empowering experience? This webinar focuses on the importance of how prepared we are, as international educators, to encourage incoming and outgoing students and scholars to reflect on their identity, the local environment and how to navigate an international context that may be distinctly different. This webinar also focuses on practical steps to develop international offerings in an inclusive manner through intentional marketing, comprehensive advising, and tailored student support for Americans studying abroad.

The New Virtual Student Experience: Education, Study Abroad and Internships

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

The pandemic has tested our online readiness as classes and student support have moved to virtual environments. This webinar offers practical tips and lessons learned when designing online international education experiences that take into account a holistic student experience for American students, from mental wellbeing to gaining global competencies.

International Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Thursday, April 15, 2021

10:00-11:15 Helsinki (GMT+3)
12:30-13:45 New Delhi
17:00-18:15 Melbourne

In 2020 we saw borders close and international academic mobility interrupted, how can international strategic partnerships survive or thrive? This webinar addresses the importance of higher education partnerships between the United States and other countries. Speakers discuss current challenges of maintaining and building partnerships and give practical tips for reflecting on the main goals of strategic partnerships to guide future relations.

Embracing Change: New Partnership Models

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+3)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

From international mobility to hybrid programming and fully online collaboration, partnership models are changing. As international education is shaped by global events, the flexibility of higher education partnerships is being tested. In this webinar, U.S. leaders in the field share best practices how they have worked closely with their partners overseas to strengthen collaborative efforts by embracing innovative international synergies. As a way to embrace change and try something new, all webinar participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive networking element, ‘partnership speed-dating’, as a way for participants to meet others and discuss possible future collaboration.

Sustainable Partnerships in the Arctic

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

17:00-18:30 Helsinki (GMT+3)
10:00-11:30 Washington, DC
7:00-8:30 San Francisco

Speakers discuss practical ways for developing collaborations to create a sustainable Arctic. Drawing on a panel of experts and participants from the 8 Arctic Council member states, United States, Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden, the webinar focuses on future areas for collaboration and successes in developing educational partnerships in this region. All webinar participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive networking element, ‘partnership speed-dating’, as a way to meet others and discuss potential future collaborations.

Past Webinars

Thinking and Planning Ahead: What’s Next for International Education and Study Abroad?

Monday, November 9, 2020

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

Speaker bios

These extraordinary times have changed many of the ways that higher education institutions view international travel and study abroad. In this webinar, we’ll discuss what’s next for international higher education. Where should we focus our efforts and take proactive steps for the future? Instead of protecting the status quo and sitting back and waiting for what’s to come, this webinar focuses on pragmatic ways that we, together, can shape the future of study abroad and international higher education. 

The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available after the event.

What Does the Future Hold for International Higher Education? A Conversation with Educators in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 / Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 18:00-19:30 Washington, DC
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:00-13:30 Auckland
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 11:00-12:30 Fiji
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00-11:30 Sydney/Melbourne

At this exceptional moment in time, what does the future hold for international student mobility and international education more broadly? Where should higher education professionals focus current efforts and best prepare for the ‘new normal’? This conversation between higher education leaders and/or government officials from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States will focus on practical ways that we, together, can shape the future international education space and increase collaboration between our countries and higher education institutions.

The organizers would also like to thank ISEP for their support of this webinar.

Questions?

Leasa Weimer
Leasa Weimer, PhD
Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives
+358 44 7169 482
Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs Mirka McIntire
Mirka McIntire
Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs
+358 44 5535 269