Students support conference on internationalisation
Twenty students in European Studies and International Communication Management are helping with preparations for the annual conference organised by the European Association for International Education (EAIE). Eveke de Louw, a member of the Internationalisation & World Citizenship Team who set up this project: ‘This is how we are demonstrating that students are both valuable and equal partners in international education.’
The annual EAIE conference is the largest conference devoted to education and internationalisation and will be held in Geneva in September. It is expected to attract around 6000 visitors from 750 institutions of higher education. The Hague University of Applied Sciences is supporting the conference by means of ‘knowledge sponsoring’ which in this case involves having students help prepare two elements for the conference.
One of these elements is the networking desk provided by the internationalisation@home’s expert community. Internationalisation@home is about helping students acquire intercultural and international competencies without having to go abroad. The work being done by our students for the EAIE conference is a good example of this.
The students are working in small teams. Each team has a Skype contact with a member of the EAIE Internationalisation@home expert community who could be in any one of five countries: the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Spain or Romania. The students are working on content for the expert group’s social media: things like videos featuring students giving their opinions about what internationalisation is achieving in their curriculum.
A great opportunity
The students are really enjoying this assignment. As one of the teams said: ‘This project is a great opportunity for us to try to see our lives from a new perspective – an international perspective. It’s a challenge, but we’re glad to be able to share our experiences and learn new things from each other. We hope that our ideas will contribute to a memorable networking desk.