Welcome!

The Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is delighted to announce the inaugural 2023 Biennial Conference on International Higher Education at Boston College on June 9-10, 2023.

Since 1995, CIHE has promoted the belief that an international perspective is needed to foster enlightened policies and practices in higher education. This biennial gathering deepens that commitment by providing a new forum for rich dialogue in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intimate environment. 

The field has grown since the center’s founding almost 30 years ago. The conference will celebrate this expansion, by convening both established thinkers and newer voices. We aim for all participants and partners to leave inspired, energized and engaged with others about work they might do together in the years to come. 

 

Save the Date

June 9-10, 2023

What to Expect

This in-person academic conference is a space for researchers in the field of international higher education to come together, interact, and chart new directions for research. You can expect:

  • multiregional perspectives, engaging with complex issues in the field;

  • multigenerational connections among scholars researching similar issues;

  • lectures, provocations, dialogue and space for exchange and relationship-building among internationally diverse participants; and

  • warm hospitality, good food and drink, and rich conversations in a beautiful setting.

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Welcome message from Gerardo Blanco, Academic Director of the Center for International Higher Education.

Format

The in-person conference will feature sessions that promote active engagement and interaction among participants. Session types will include invited plenary lectures, multiregional and multigenerational panel discussions, World Café paper exchanges, and interactive collaborative sessions where participants explore intersections and new directions across lines of work. 

We aim to create a space that elevates participation of all of its members. In addition to the more formal program, there will be time to engage in informal conversations over meals and coffee and to network, meet new colleagues, and explore new collaborations around shared interests.

 

Keynote Speakers

Rajani Naidoo
Rajani Naidoo
Vice-President, Community & Inclusion
Professor, University of Bath (UK)
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Rajani Naidoo

Rajani Naidoo

Vice-President, Community & Inclusion

Professor, University of Bath (UK)

Rajani Naidoo is Vice-President (Community & Inclusion) and Professor in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath (UK). Over the course of her career, Rajani has held a range of faculty and management positions, both in the UK and in her native South Africa. Rajani is featured in the Stanford/Elsevier top 2 per cent most highly cited scholars in her field. Her research is interdisciplinary and multi-level, focusing on the influence of global, national, and organisational forces on research, teaching, and the wider role of the university in society.

Simon Marginson
Simon Marginson
Professor of Higher Education
University of Oxford
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Simon Marginson

Simon Marginson

Professor of Higher Education

University of Oxford

Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Higher Education. Simon’s research is focused primarily on global and international higher education, higher education in East Asia, the public and social contributions of higher education, and higher education and social equality. His scholarship is widely published and cited and includes seminal works in the field, such as Higher Education and the Common Good (Melbourne University Publishing, 2016) and High Participation Systems of Higher Education, edited with Brendan Cantwell and Anna Smolentseva (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Ly Tran
Ly Tran
Professor, School of Education
Deakin University
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Ly Tran

Ly Tran

Professor, School of Education

Deakin University

Ly Tran is a Professor in the School of Education, Deakin University, and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow. Ly's prolific scholarship focuses on international student experiences, the teaching and engagement of international students, inbound and outbound student mobility, the New Colombo Plan, and education in Vietnam.

Philip G. Altbach
Philip G. Altbach
Research Professor and Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Higher Education
Boston College
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Philip G. Altbach

Philip G. Altbach

Research Professor and Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Higher Education

Boston College

Philip G. Altbach founded the Center for International Higher Education in 1994 and directed it from the time of its founding until his retirement in 2013. Phil has received numerous awards during his distinguished career, include NAFSA’s Houlihan award for distinguished contributions to international education and the ASHE Bowen distinguished career award. He was Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program (2004-2006), a senior associate of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and an Erudite Scholar of the Government of Kerala (India). In addition to Boston College, he has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Phil has written and/or edited nearly 100 books and over 100 refereed articles on international and comparative higher education.

Hans de Wit
Hans de Wit
Emeritus Professor of the Practice and Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Higher Education
Boston College
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Hans de Wit

Hans de Wit

Emeritus Professor of the Practice and Distinguished Fellow, Center for International Higher Education

Boston College

A globally renowned scholar, Hans de Wit has made his name studying the internationalization of higher education. From 2015-2020, Hans served as Director of the Center for International Higher Education. He has also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy) and as Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and has taught at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Hans is a Senior Fellow at the International Association of Universities (based at UNESCO), a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education and founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education. In 2021 he received the Prof. A. Noam Chomsky North Star Life Time Achievement Global Connections Award of StarScholars (Society of Transnational Academic Scholars) and has also received awards for his contribution to the field from EAIE, NAFSA, CIEE, the University of Amsterdam, AMEPI and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan.

Registration

Registration opens 1 December 2022. Space is limited.

 

Registration Fees

As a gesture of hospitality, we will not be charging for this event. The conference is free for all attendees.

 

Proposals

Colleagues who wish to attend are invited to submit a 1,000-word proposal. The submission system will open 1 December 2022 and close 15 January 2023. Notifications will be sent by 1 February 2023.

Venue

The CIHE 2023 Biennial Conference on International Higher Education will be on Boston College’s beautiful campus in Chestnut Hill, MA, just 20 minutes from Boston’s Logan Airport.

 

Accommodations

There are many hotel options near the Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA. At many hotels close to campus, discounts are available if you mention that you are in town for an event at Boston College.

 

Our Commitment

Our commitment to you is that the conference will reflect the warmth and hospitality of the relationships we have developed over decades since our founding, inclusive of established thinkers and newer voices in the field from all regions of the world.

The conference will exemplify the center’s global reach, commitment to cutting-edge research and analysis, and international perspectives and reflect our commitment to:

  • Rigorous and ethical research and thoughtful, informed analysis

  • Conducting all of our activities in collaboration with others around the globe and to elevating local perspectives on all of the issues we analyze

  • Open access publication, translation into other languages and clear and accessible prose

  • Issues of social justice and, as such, we seek to acknowledge and—when possible—explicitly address global higher education inequalities through our work

  • Maintaining a strong focus on less-resourced and less-powerful global contexts and to promoting critical perspectives through our scholarship

  • Supporting the development of the next generation of international higher education scholars

In the spirit of open access, multimedia from the conference will be free to access and select papers will be invited to be published in International Higher Education, the world’s oldest continuously published source of news and analysis of global higher education.