The State of Internationalization in Higher Education Institutions Worldwide: A Dialogue Based on Survey Findings: Canadian university engagement in international development cooperation. (Plenary Session III)

Di Stefano, Nina
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Membership associations provide an overarching picture of current trends, while stimulating their members to reflect on their own internationalization strategies. This session reports out on internationalization surveys conducted by the American Council on Education; Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and International Association of Universities. ACE will outline findings from its 2006 national survey of campus internationalization. The survey provides comparative data to a 2001 study. Both surveys examined institutional support for internationalization, academic requirements, programs, and extracurricular activities, faculty policies and opportunities, and international students. AUCC will provide an overview of the state of internationalization of universities in Canada based on key findings from its 2006 internationalization survey. Main areas examined will be: student mobility, internationalization of the curriculum, export of educational products and services, international development cooperation and international research collaboration. IAU's 3rd survey exercise (in progress) will collect information from institutions and associations of higher education throughout the world. Following a brief overview of the 2005 findings, IAU will focus on aspects where regional and institutional differences were found according to the Human Development Index.

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CONAHEC's 12th North American Higher Education Conference - Monterrey 2008
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference! North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become 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. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world. Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today.