Internationalization has been closely connected with change and innovation – less so with inclusion. That may be shifting as higher education institutions confront the COVID-19 pandemic alongside other complex external dynamics, including migration (forced or otherwise), political pressures, and shifting international relations.
Against this backdrop, innovative and inclusive approaches to internationalization may offer possibilities for transforming individuals, institutions, and systems of higher education in meaningful ways. These approaches layer on top of the transformational goals of many national and institutional internationalization initiatives: enhanced quality, expanded learning opportunities, and engagement with new and different stakeholders.
Hosted by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) and World Education Services (WES), the 2021 WES-CIHE Summer Institute provides a forum for students, scholars, and practitioners to explore new ways of moving change agendas forward in a variety of contexts.
Every year, the WES-CIHE Summer Institute brings together graduate students, early career researchers, seasoned professionals and senior scholars from around the world in a forum which supports the development of new ideas and helps to build bridges, both between peers and between newer and more experienced researchers in the field.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it will not be possible to gather in person for the 2021 Summer Institute. However, the conference team has worked hard to ensure that participants will benefit from the same kinds of in-depth discussions and opportunities for feedback as have always featured in our in-person events.
As in past years, therefore, the 2021 WES-CIHE Virtual Summer Institute will offer exciting opportunities for:
We are no longer accepting applications for this year's Summer Institute. Selected participants will be informed the week of May 10, and a final version of the Summer Institute program will be available online by May 24.
This 3-day program will combine presentations and panel discussions, as well as opportunities for group discussion and networking for participants and presenters.
**All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Times are subject to change.