Innovation in International Education

Christa Olson
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This session seeks to provoke reflection about the factors that maximize the relationship between international educational partnerships and campus internationalization. Preliminary research findings will be presented from the recently conducted project: Making the Link: An Exploration of the Impact of North American Educational Partnerships. This qualitative case study included documentation review, interviews with senior leaders, chief international educators, professors, and focus groups with students at case study sites in Quebec, Canada and Region Centro Occidente, Mexico. The PI for this project will present the projectfs conceptual framework, research methodology and preliminary cross]case findings. Chief International Educators from two of the participating institutions will present their experience with the research protocol, specific findings for their institution, and how they are applying what they discovered through this project. Participants will be invited to dialogue about the preliminary findings and how the research tools for this project might be adapted and applied to their institutional context. Feedback from this discussion will inform the development of an on]line guide for enhancing the link between partnership activity and campus internationalization.

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CONAHEC's 13th North American Higher Education Conference - Houston 2010
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students at Rice University in the city of Houston, Texas for CONAHEC’s 13th North American Higher Education Conference!North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and have many common issues to face. Since the signing of NAFTA, our region has become the largest trading block in the world, inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.A decade and a half into NAFTA, it is evident that our region must develop stronger, more productive and more resilient linkages both internally and with other world regions. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while simultaneously strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions. Higher education has an important role to play in strengthening North America and connecting it with the rest of the world.