Faith-based universities and internationalization: Balancing mission and market realities”
An AIEA Thematic Forum
When: April 19-20, 2018
Where: Boston College
Across the United States and around the world, faith-based colleges and universities adhere to distinctive missions. These institutions are typically guided in their actions by a particular set of values and priorities that exert a direct influence on their approaches to all aspects of their work. Faith-based institutions see their place in the world through a unique lens, which in turn affects a wide range of decisions and actions they may take with respect to teaching, learning, research, student formation, and community service.
Based on our understanding of these fundamental dynamics, one would assume that the faith-based identity and orientation of a particular college or university would also affect its approach to internationalization, a key phenomenon in higher education around the world today. But, what do we really know about the ways that faith-based institutions approach matters of internationalization and global engagement?
To address this key question, this AIEA Thematic Forum offers an informative, interactive experience designed to provide participants with new information and insights into what we know about faith-based universities and their approaches to internationalization, as well as opportunities to share and compare their experiences with colleagues from a diverse group of faith-based institutions from the United States and elsewhere.
Leveraging the knowledge and experience of the Boston College Center for International Higher Education—itself housed at a faith-based (Jesuit, Catholic) institution, and directed by Prof. Hans de Wit—this Thematic Forum brings together higher education experts, internationalization scholars, international education practitioners, and representatives from a range of faith-based institutions in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and beyond. The Forum will provide an opportunity for significant learning and robust discussion of this important and timely topic.
For accomodations information, you may refer to this list
Assistant Professor of Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Founding Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Executive Director of the International Association of La Salle Universities; Professor of International Law and International Relations at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
Professor of Education, Sophia University (Japan)
Director of the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education
Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
Associate International Vice President, Brigham Young University
Associate Director, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)
Special Advisor to the President for Global Engagement, Boston College
Laura E. Rumbley
Assistant Professor of the Practice and Associate Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education
Hans de Wit
Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education