AIEA Annual Conference, February 20-23, 2011, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco.
The 21st century is witnessing a global reorganization of higher education, in which campus boundaries are giving way to global systems – sometimes guided by a competitive race for market share, sometimes by collaborative efforts at mutual development, and sometimes by the ever-expanding reach of wikis, tweets, and distance learning. The 2011 AIEA Annual Conference provides a forum to reflect on the relationship between internationalization and these broader changes. The conference theme asks us to think about the global impact of our work and invites us to consider the power of partnerships and the promise of information technology for moving forward together. Panels that create a conversation among speakers from more than one nation are especially invited.
Under this general umbrella, the following special subthemes are especially encouraged:
The emerging reorganization of higher education: what major changes are occurring in higher education on a global scale, why are they happening, where are they headed, how are they manifested in different parts of the world, and how do such trends affect the meaning and goals of internationalization?
Global citizenship on an institutional level: What might global citizenship look like for academic institutions? How do institutional actions reverberate beyond their own boundaries? What are their responsibilities in this regard? What role should international education leaders play in shaping these discussions?
Strategies of international partnership and exchange: What new forms are emerging and what have been their effectiveness and significance? What are the challenges in developing and sustaining such collaborations? How has the increasing importance of international partnership changed the work of international offices?
Consortia and networks: What are the various forms of multi-institutional alliance and how impact have they had? What can all of us learn from the Bologna process? What makes such consortia work? What makes them fail?
Information technology and international collaboration: What does the world of open access and wiki-knowledge mean for higher education? What are the promise and the pitfalls of distance learning? What about global imbalances in access to IT? How can IT advance collaboration?
Joint degrees and off-shore operations: What are the various forms, as well as the pros, cons, and impact of each? When are such programs collaborative; when are they not? What principles should guide them? How might they navigate national differences in regulations, requirements, and expectations?
Rankings: What are the pros and cons of existing international systems for ranking institutions of higher education? Is there room for multi-dimensional rankings and/or rankings that recognize differences in institutional missions? How do these affect the goals of internationalization?