Faith-based universities and internationalization: Balancing mission and market realities”


An AIEA Thematic Forum

When: April 19-20, 2018

Where: Boston College, Walsh Hall Function Room

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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.


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Featured speakers



Daniela Véliz

Assistant Professor of Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


Philip Altbach

Founding Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education



Carlos Coelho

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



Miki Sugimura

Professor of Education, Sophia University (Japan)



Michael James

Director of the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education


Visnja Car

Doctoral Candidate, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)


Jeff Ringer

Associate International Vice President, Brigham Young University



Fiona Hunter

Associate Director, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy)



Jennifer Golden

Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Yeshiva University, New York City


John Skillen

Professor of English, Gordon College (Wenham, MA).


Liz Reisberg

Independent consultant in higher education and Research Fellow, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College


Dana Gross

Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and General Studies, and Professor of Psychology, St. Olaf College


Adrienne Nussbaum

Director and Assistant Dean of the Office of International Students and Scholars, Boston College


Daoud Stephen Casewit 

President of the American Islamic College in Chicago 


Laura E. Rumbley

Assistant Professor of the Practice and Associate Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education


Alberto Godenzi

Special Advisor to the President for Global Engagement, Boston College


Hans de Wit

Director, Boston College Center for International Higher Education