I attended the NAFSA: Association of International Educators convention last week, where my proposal for a poster presentation on "Foreign Language as a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus," which builds on my doctoral research, had been accepted.
The theme of this year's conference was New Horizons in International Education, and plenary session speakers included keynote speakers, author Malcolm Gladwell, and Shiza Shahid, Director of the Malala Fund.
Other noteworthy speakers included former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, who spoke on educational diplomacy; and the Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, who spoke on the TeamUp Campaign 2015, "Cultivating U.S.-Japan Educational Partnerships," as well as the Minister of Education of Ireland, and the Provost of Southern New Hampshire University, speaking as representatives of sponsors of the conference.
While at the conference, I attended interesting workshops on "Expanding Campus Internationalization with Limited Resources," which emphasized faculty and staff development (a model that we are following at the Library staff development days); "Through Student Eyes: An International Benchmark Report of World-Class Universities," which highlighted the importance of appropriate feedback to student inquiries during the application process and was presented by a panel led by a representative of the British Council; and "EAIE Barometer: A View on Internationalization in Europe," which included presentations on the recent EAIE (European Association for International Education) barometer and the recent IAU (International Association of Universities) survey.
I also had the opportunity to visit the Exhibit area and to learn more about the institutions and entities involved in international education.
However, the most significant part of the conference was, for me, the opportunity to present my poster on "Foreign Language as a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus."
Throughout the conference, I consider myself fortunate to have met attendees from across the disciplines and from around the world, as well as FDU alumni and former local residents wishing to hear the latest news about their alma mater/university neighbor.
Thursday, June 04, 2015