Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of State’s USA Study Abroad branch, the Fulbright Finland Foundation, and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is organizing a global webinar series “Internationalization of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era”. These activities support U.S. study abroad and are funded by the U.S. Government through a Study Abroad Engagement Grant from USA Study Abroad within the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The organizers would also like to thank the Fulbright Commission in Portugal for their assistance. 

The series aims to raise awareness of the changing landscape of U.S. study abroad and international education, to strengthen foreign institutions’ hosting capacity for U.S. students, and to increase participation in higher education strategic partnerships and engagement with U.S. university counterparts. The series aims to pave the way for long-term collaboration between higher education institutions around the world with those in the United States to increase and diversify American study abroad, as well as faculty exchanges for research, lecturing and partnership building.

Prioritizing Health, Safety & Security: Hosting American Students

Thursday, January 14, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

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Recent events have further illuminated the need to prioritize health, safety and security in international exchange program development, implementation and management for student mobility. Leaders in international education share lessons learned and offer practical tips on risk assessments, emergency plans and protocols. How can health, safety and security needs of international education programs be embedded within partner relations and institutional strategic plans to ensure a robust return to study abroad?

Sign up for the webinar by filling out the registration form. The capacity of the webinar is 500 people.

Championing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in International Education

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

How do we ensure diversity, equity and inclusion as we recruit and attract future U.S. student study abroad participants and facilitate an overall empowering experience? This webinar focuses on the importance of how prepared we are, as international educators, to encourage incoming and outgoing students and scholars to reflect on their identity, the local environment and how to navigate an international context that may be distinctly different. This webinar also focuses on practical steps to develop international offerings in an inclusive manner through intentional marketing, comprehensive advising, and tailored student support for Americans studying abroad.

The New Virtual Student Experience: Education, Study Abroad and Internships

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+2)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

The pandemic has tested our online readiness as classes and student support have moved to virtual environments. This webinar offers practical tips and lessons learned when designing online international education experiences that take into account a holistic student experience for American students, from mental wellbeing to gaining global competencies.

International Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Thursday, April 15, 2021

10:00-11:15 Helsinki (GMT+3)
12:30-13:45 New Delhi
17:00-18:15 Melbourne

In 2020 we saw borders close and international academic mobility interrupted, how can international strategic partnerships survive or thrive? This webinar addresses the importance of higher education partnerships between the United States and other countries. Speakers discuss current challenges of maintaining and building partnerships and give practical tips for reflecting on the main goals of strategic partnerships to guide future relations.

Embracing Change: New Partnership Models

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

17:00-18:15 Helsinki (GMT+3)
10:00-11:15 Washington, DC
7:00-8:15 San Francisco

From international mobility to hybrid programming and fully online collaboration, partnership models are changing. As international education is shaped by global events, the flexibility of higher education partnerships is being tested. In this webinar, U.S. leaders in the field share best practices how they have worked closely with their partners overseas to strengthen collaborative efforts by embracing innovative international synergies. As a way to embrace change and try something new, all webinar participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive networking element, ‘partnership speed-dating’, as a way for participants to meet others and discuss possible future collaboration.

Sustainable Partnerships in the Arctic

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

17:00-18:30 Helsinki (GMT+3)
10:00-11:30 Washington, DC
7:00-8:30 San Francisco

Speakers discuss practical ways for developing collaborations to create a sustainable Arctic. Drawing on a panel of experts and participants from the 8 Arctic Council member states, United States, Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden, the webinar focuses on future areas for collaboration and successes in developing educational partnerships in this region. All webinar participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive networking element, ‘partnership speed-dating’, as a way to meet others and discuss potential future collaborations.