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2020 WES-CIHE Summer Institute

Boston College | June 10-12, 2020

Innovative and Inclusive Internationalization in
Higher Education

Internationalization has been closely connected with innovation, less so with inclusion. The internationalization goals of many national and institutional initiatives are aimed at enhancing quality, expanding learning opportunities, and engaging with new stakeholders. At the same time, institutions themselves are being transformed by external forces, including migration (involuntary or otherwise), political pressures, and shifting international relations.

Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex world, innovative and inclusive approaches to internationalization may offer possibilities for transforming individuals, institutions, and systems of higher education in meaningful ways.

Hosted by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and World Education Services (WES), this event provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners to explore new ways of moving change agendas forward in a variety of contexts.

About the Conference

Why Should You Attend?

Every year this event brings together graduate students, young professionals, key international higher education and immigration scholars, and senior international officers from around the world.

The 2020 WES-CIHE Summer Institute offers exciting opportunities for:

  • All participants to engage in substantive discussions on innovative and inclusive internationalization
  • Students and young professionals to present and discuss their research with both peers and academic and professional experts
  • Established scholars and practitioners to contribute to the development of the next generation of scholar-practitioners

Keynote and Invited Speakers

Philip G. Altbach
Philip G. Altbach
Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Jos Beelen
Jos Beelen
The Hague University of Applied Sciences
Gerardo Blanco
Gerardo Blanco
University of Connecticut
Lok Darjee
Lok Darjee
Project Refugee Education (PRE)
Hans De Wit
Hans de Wit
Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Kyle Farmbry
Kyle Farmbry
Rutgers University-Newark
Miriam Feldblum
Miriam Feldblum
Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Elspeth Jones
Elspeth Jones
Leeds Beckett University
Betty Leask
Betty Leask
La Trobe University
Mikaela Santos
Mikaela Santos
World Education Services

Call for Papers

Proposals submission is now closed.

Event Program

This 3-day program will combine presentations, panel discussions, as well as opportunities for group discussion and networking for participants and presenters.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Address: Inclusive and Innovative Internationalization, An Evolving Concept
Hans de Wit, Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (CIHE)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Participant and Presenter Introductions and Expectations

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Participant Panel #1

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Inclusive Internationalization of the Curriculum: An Introduction and Interactive Discussion
Betty Leask, Visiting Professor, CIHE and Professor Emerita, LaTrobe University

5:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Initial Reflections and Preparation for Day Two

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Coffee, Light Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Trends in International Higher Education and Impact on Internationalization
Philip G. Altbach, Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College (CIHE)

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Participant Panel #2

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

World Café Session #1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and networking

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Participant Panel #3

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.


2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Participant Panel #4

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

World Café Session #2

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.


4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Inclusive Internationalization, Faculty and Student Engagement
Expert panel with interactive discussion (panelists TBD)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wine and Cheese Reception

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Coffee, Light Breakfast, and Networking

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Insights into the Latest WES Research

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Participant Panel #5

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How Well is Higher Education Meeting Immigrant and Migrant Students’ Needs?
Expert panel (panelists TBD)

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch (provided) and Networking

12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

World Café Session #3

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lessons Learned, Concluding Thoughts, and Next Steps

**Times are subject to change.

Event Location

Boston College, Chestnut Hill
Walsh Dormitory/Residence Hall - Walsh Function Room
150 Saint Thomas More Road
Boston, MA 02135

Getting Around Boston and Boston College
Map of Boston College
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For selected paper presenters:

Selected paper presenters from outside the Boston area will be provided with free accommodations on the Boston College campus June 10–11 (two nights). Unfortunately, it is not possible for other individuals to reserve on-campus housing, nor is it possible for presenters to stay any additional nights.

For regular event registrants:

Below you will find a list of hotels near Boston College, some of which might offer discounts to Boston College visitors (please mention “Boston College” during booking in case discounts are available).

Chestnut Hill Area Hotels


Registration Fees:

Regular registration fee: $250 | Students: $125* (Student ID required) | Presenters: No fee*

*If your proposal has been accepted or you are an invited speaker, you do not need to register.

For questions about the event or registration, email [email protected].

Please provide the following information to register for this event. You will receive an email confirmation upon submission.

If you need a disability-related accommodation, wheelchair access information, or if you have any dietary restrictions, please contact us at [email protected]. Requests should be made by June 10, 2020.

Presented by:

World Education Services
World Education Services. is dedicated to helping people with international education achieve their higher education and professional goals by evaluating and advocating for the recognition of international education qualifications. Visit us at for more information.
Center for International Higher Education
CIHE was founded in 1995 to advance knowledge about the complex realities of higher education in the contemporary world through its research, publications, training programs, and advisory activities.