Re-forming higher education:
the international way
by Belinda Stratton
Publications and Information Officer, EAIE Secretariat
The 12th Annual Conference of the EAIE will be held in Leipzig, Germany, from 30 November to 2 December 2000. Its special theme will be 'Re-forming higher education: the international way'.
The EAIE conference is a major event in European education, regularly attracting more than 1500 participants. It provides an opportunity for debate on policies and issues, information exchange, networking and professional development. Each year a different venue within Europe is chosen, allowing the participants to focus on international issues in education in a new cultural setting.
Re-forming higher education
The theme for the 2000 conference has been especially selected in order to draw attention to the link between the international dimension of higher education, and the transformation of the sector in the dual senses of reform and regeneration (re-forming or reshaping). As the new millennium begins, higher education across Europe and throughout the world is undergoing systemic change in many directions and on many levels. Some of these transformations can be planned and controlled; some may be dictated by external forces. The internationalisation of higher education can act as a powerful means by which positive change can be promoted throughout the sector.
Alongside a series or 'track' of sessions on this special theme, the EAIE's Professional Sections and Special Interest Groups will offer parallel 'tracks' of sessions on their own areas of specialist interest: management of international education, management of European educational programmes, languages for intercultural communication and mobility, admissions and credential evaluation, internationalisation of economics and business studies, educational cooperation with developing countries, study abroad and foreign student advising, international work placements, distance education, internationalisation of education for non-mobile students, international summer schools, and international research and innovation liaison. Further sessions will focus on more general issues, all adding up to an intensive and exciting conference programme spread over three days. And outside the hectic activities at the conference centre, the EAIE will also invite you to sample some of the delights of the city of Leipzig, for example at the Opening Reception at the New Gewandhaus, home of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, and during the EAIE Dance at the Moritzbastei, a cellar student club in a former fortification.
Also available as optional extras are special pre-conference training workshops in particular skills in international education, and an information day highlighting aspects of the higher education system of the host country, including visits to local institutions.
The 12th Annual Conference Planning Committee intends to organise an innovative and challenging conference, addressing up-to-the-minute issues and also reflecting the practical concerns of professionals in the field. We hope very much to welcome many colleagues from Portugal to our conference in Leipzig.
For more information about the EAIE conference, you are warmly invited to visit the EAIE website http://www.eaie.org. For more information about the city of Leipzig, where this year's conference will be held, please see the article "Leipzig 2000" elsewhere in this publication.
A Conference Invitation containing a registration form and detailed programme information will be distributed in August 2000. If you do not normally receive information from the EAIE, and would like to be added to the EAIE mailing list, please contact the EAIE Secretariat at the address below.
PO Box 11189
1001 GD Amsterdam
tel +31-20-525 4999
fax +31-20-525 4998