Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013. International Conference „European Higher Education in the World“
Date: 5-6 September, 2013 Venue: Pirkliu klubas, Gedimino pr. 25, Vilnius, Lithuania.
The international dimension of higher education has become a central topic of the European higher education policy agenda. Globalisation and technological development are radically changing the landscape of higher education. International student mobility will grow rapidly to an expected 7 million by 2020 in the context of an exponential growth in the demand for higher education: over the next twenty years, the number of higher education students is expected to increase fourfold, from 99 million to 414 million. The thirst for knowledge and social mobility of the expanding middle classes in emerging economies will put higher education within the reach of hundreds of millions of citizens of the world.
European higher education institutions have a positive record of internationalisation notably via their participation in EU and national academic cooperation programmes. They have a rich and diverse experience in developing international curricula, fostering international education, research and innovation projects and exchanging students, researchers, staff and knowledge. Since 1987, the Erasmus programme has played a key role in stimulating mobility: almost 3 million students have participated in the programme, as well as over 300,000 higher education teachers and other staff. Beyond mobility, Erasmus has transformed the way in which higher education institutions relate to and cooperate with one another. The Programme has proven to be an important catalyst in the reform and internationalisation of higher education systems. It put to the fore the need for the convergence introduced through the Bologna Process and its tools. From 2004, the Erasmus Mundus programme, building on the successes of Erasmus, has contributed to enhance internationalisation by funding the development of excellent joint Masters and doctoral programmes between higher education institutions in Europe and further afield, stimulating the process of accreditation of international joint degrees.
The chief purpose of internationalisation is to improve the quality of higher education, to better prepare learners in Europe to live in a global world and work in a global economy. There is no single approach to internationalisation. It involves all levels of university life and has to be adapted to each institution's specific profile. Higher education institutions are encouraged to develop comprehensive internationalisation strategies encompassing all their competitive and cooperative activities. While mobility is one key component, internationalisation strategies need to reach well beyond mobility and prioritise the need to internationalise curricula and the teaching process, in order to cater for the needs of the vast majority of learners who are not internationally mobile.
The need for more global cooperation and strategic partnerships involving European and non-European higher education institutions is particularly urgent, in order to tackle global challenges. If Europe is to remain a highly attractive destination for internationally mobile students, and a valued partner for international academic cooperation, against the rising backdrop of new regional higher education hubs, it must reinforce its efforts to promote the global awareness of the high quality and the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of its universities as well as its competitive advantages. Those include a strong experience in developing joint and double degrees, participation in international research projects, networks, developing doctoral schools, industrial doctorates or in implementing a common qualification framework and quality assessment tools.
Following the European Commission Communication on the internationalisation of higher education, the conference will bring together over 150 higher education stakeholders from the EU and beyond, and offer them an opportunity for dialogue on the different tools available to further internationalisation processes, and on the future place of Europe in the global higher education landscape.
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- Preliminary draft program now available for download!
- Times Higher Education confirmed as AIEC 2013 media partner!
Theme: Global Imperatives - Local Realities
This year’s AIEC will focus on the key global, regional and local drivers that influence and shape international education. What impact do these drivers have and how can we respond to them most effectively?Conversely, what impact does international education have on the world around us globally and locally? How do local realities affect our ability to respond to global imperatives and opportunities? How do we achieve balance between global imperatives and local realities? How will international education influence and shape the future of the nation and the world?
The 5th annual Summit will convene in October 29 – 31, 2013, in Doha, Qatar.
Since 2009, the annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, brings together the world’s most influential experts, decision makers and practitioners to find bold ways of improving education, exploring groundbreaking new trends and tackling the critical challenges of the 21st century through concrete action. The strength of WISE is its broad multi-sectoral base for collaboration, fostering innovation and sharing sustainable and replicable best practices.
The three-day Summit offers a convivial environment for interactive discussions with speakers, experts and members from the WISE Community. Attendees are given an opportunity to collaborate, share best practices and challenge their thinking during interactive Plenary Sessions and Debates. Focus Sessions highlight innovative Best Practices or projects, along with Workshops to facilitate collaboration on specific issues. Guests connected with members of the WISE Community, including the holders of WISE Awards winning projects and Learners’ Voice student delegates. Also, the WISE Prize for Education, now is awarded during the Summit to an individual or a team in recognition of an outstanding contribution to education.
The Summit offers a unique opportunity for all the participants to find out more about the most cutting-edge practices in education, network with high-level people from all sectors and from all countries, and to actively participate in building the future of education.
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Start date: 22 Oct 2013 9:30 am
End date: 22 Oct 2013 4:30 pm
Venue: Woburn House Conference Centre, 20 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 1HQ
UCAS, Universities UK and the UK HE International Unit are offering institutions a unique opportunity to share best practice and examine ways in which shared services can help institutions achieve their Transnational Education (TNE) goals, whilst debating the future shape of UK TNE.
TNE has grown significantly over the past few years, becoming an established part of UK institutions’ internationalisation and recruitment strategies. With around 5,000 TNE courses offered by UK institutions and an estimate that TNE will become the largest mode of international education by 2020, there has still been little debate about a shared approach to promoting UK TNE, or the development of shared services for the sector.
Features of the one-day conference include:
- Establishing best practice modes of TNE using case studies.
- Debating and discussing the future of UK TNE in a competitive global market.
- Participating in thought leadership workshops and panel discussions.
- Identifying shared services to promote UK TNE to UK and international students.
- Marketing TNE courses – case studies of success.
- Networking opportunities to share knowledge.
For more information and booking, visit the UCAS website.
mLearn extends the theory and practice of learning and mobility in converging technological environments. This includes applications of innovative mobile and ubiquitous technologies for learning. It covers new educational and technological methods and concepts for supporting formal and informal learning, as well as seamless learning across contexts, and transitions between different types of learning.
mLearn was the first conference on Mobile Learning. After more than 11 years mLearn is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious international conferences in the field. The past mLearn conferences were held in the UK, Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the USA, Malta, China, and Finland.
Main conference will be October 22-24, 2013! Pre-conference workshops will be October 21, 2013!
mLearn 2013 will take place in Doha, Qatar, from October 22-24, 2013 (with pre-conference workshops on October 21, 2013).
Registration is NOW OPEN for mLearn 2013! Click HERE for more details!
Contributing to mLearn 2013:
Second Call for Proposals Issued:
A second CFP has now been issued for the Mobile Learning Practices: Lessons Learned, Doctoral Consortium and Workshops & Tutorials categories. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2013!
New Submission Categories: Late Breaking Researh and Poster Presentations:
Submissions are now being accepted for Late Breaking Research Papers and for Poster Presentations during the main conference dates at mLearn 2013!
- Deadline for Late Breaking Research Papers is August 31, 2013.
- Deadline for Poster Presentaton submissions is July 15, 2013.
View the Call for Proposals page for further details!
“Leveraging the Power of Open and Distance Education for Building a Divergent Asia –Today's Solutions and Tomorrow's Vision”
To meet the needs of education for both developed and developing countries is a concurrent great challenge. In this direction Open Distance Learning System can play a vital role due to its cost effectiveness, flexibility and with no restriction of age or the workplace. Open Distance Learning mode of education can further be strengthened by integrating the innovative technologies and all varities of the available media to reach its students in an effective manner in the outreach/remote areas. The main theme of the conference is to improve the power of ODL to address the divergent Asia's problems and solutions.
The conference will be a platform for the ODL experts and others to use the power of ODL system to address the developed and developing countries problems of literacy, education for all, quality education, use of teaching-learning technologies and also to plan for the future divergent Asia. The ODL colleges, universities and institutions are the major stakeholders with virtual and formal system of education which introduced the online/e-learning to attract a large number of learners. The research, experience and practices of ODL institutions will be shared, collaborations will be made , new projects will be initiatives, new technologies will be outlined or perceived through this conference, therefore all the stakeholders are cordially invited to avail this opportunity by their participation and attendance.
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The Higher Education Leadership Asia 2013 is Asia’s premier leadership forum of academic leaders, managers and policy makers responsible for the continual development and advancement of Higher Education in Asia
What’s New for 2013?
- The event will be co-located with EduBuild and Education Technology
- Gain practical information from leading case studies from regional and international world class universities
- Collaborations and partnerships driving higher education in Asia
- Review the impact global online partnerships have had on bringing world class teaching and curriculum to Asia
- Find out how to harness technology to recruit international students and drive your brand globally
- Discover key tools for measuring university brand equity and effectively utilizing measurement outcomes
- Building and embedding academic governance frameworks in higher education.
The First World Congress: Montreal 2013!
Our inaugural global congress will be held in October 2013 in Montreal, Canada.
Participation is open to all who are concerned about broadening participation and success in post-secondary education, including people from education institutions (leaders, students and staff), community organsations, business and industry, NGOs and non-profits, international education networks and governments and government agencies. Find out more here.
The preliminary programme for Montreal 2013 is now available HERE.
(Simultaneous translation in French and Spanish available for plenary sessions)
Some opportunities are still available to contribute to the programme. Please contact us if you would like to make a submission. All relevant topics will be considered but in particular we are looking for submissions on:
- Education for the social and economic development of cities and regions
- Working lives: issues and ideas in adult and vocational education
- Funding educational opportunities.
Publication: Aspirations, Access and Attainment in Widening Participation - International perspectives and an agenda for change.EAN members Neil Murray and Chris Klinger have produced this publication which will be launched during Montreal 2013. Find out more here. To contact the publisher to pre-order a copy use this link.
Displays: If you would like to arrange a display/exhibition space during Montreal 2013 please contact us.
Student participation: We urgently need to raise funds to support student participation in Montreal 2013. Your contribution, no matter how small, can help. Find out more here.
Online registration for Montreal 2013
Registration for both Montreal 2013 and the pre-congress programme is open.
Your registration fee will help us to support participants from poorer and developing countries.
Group and special case discounts will be considered. Contact us by filling in the form on the registration page. You must provide us with information to support your case. Note that we cannot reply to all requests due to the large number. If your application is successful we will contact you and provide you with a discount code to use when registering. Note also that we cannot provide full fee waivers or financial support for travel through this process.
For on-line registration use this link.
Please use this alternative link if you are from one of the following countries:
Balkans, Belarus, Benin, Burma (aka/formerly Myanmar), Cameroon, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, New Caledonia, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Registration queries please use this link.
Accommodation in Montreal
Special rates have been negotiated at local hotels. Information is available here.
2nd World Congress: 2015!
Call for proposals to host the world congress in 2015: Find out more here. Submissions by September 10th 2013.
1. This letter provides an update on the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) following the June 2013 Spending Review announcement (note 1), which outlined the Government’s spending plans for 2015-16.
Spending review announcement and communication to students
2. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sets the overall policy and funding level for the NSP and HEFCE has administered the fund on its behalf. In its spending review statement, the Government advised that it ‘will refocus the National Scholarship Programme to support postgraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds’ (see the HEFCE announcement).
3. Consequently, in 2015-16 the NSP will cease as an undergraduate programme. Allocations of NSP funds to institutions will continue as planned in 2013-14 (£100 million) and 2014-15 (£150 million), ensuring that support continues to be available to undergraduate student entrants in those years.
4. Institutions are urged to continue to provide clear information for students about their NSP schemes, to ensure that current and prospective higher education students are aware that NSP support is still available in 2013-14 and 2014-15. This should include information on eligibility criteria, application and/or selection and appeals processes, and how scholarships are awarded. Detailed advice on providing information to students on the NSP was published in January: see paragraphs 73-82 of ‘National Scholarship Programme 2014-15: Provisional allocations and guidance to institutions’ (HEFCE 2013/02). Read more...