Current Projects

The Future of Internationalization Partnership

CIHE is working with the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and the International Association of Universities (IAU) to chart the future of internationalization post-pandemic. This multi-year, mixed-methods research project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada will identify innovative practices in response to the ongoing crisis and expand a network of international scholars and practitioners dedicated to exploring future possibilities for sustainable, ethical and equitable internationalization. Maia Gelashvili, Lizhou Wang, Gerardo Blanco, Rebecca Schendel, and Hans de Wit are among the CIHE staff supporting this project.

Changing Global Dynamics in Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Quality and internationalization are deeply intertwined concepts in higher education. Significant changes in instructional delivery and quality practices resulting from the pandemic are leading to more permanent transformations around the world. This project explores how accreditation agencies are changing their practices and how universities around the world are adapting to changes in accreditation and other quality assurance practices. Maia Gelashvili, Jean Baptiste Diatta, and Gerardo Blanco are working on different aspects of this project. 

Higher Education Quality Amid Disruption

While disruptive change in higher education has been at times romanticized, in actuality, higher education leaders are frequently working toward managing, or at least containing, disruption as they seek to maintain and even improve quality. Disruptions to higher education can take the form of social unrest, public health emergencies, armed conflict, political transition, economic crises–not to mention climate change. This project aims to learn from adaptations to quality assurance practices and assumptions amid specific disruptions in global settings. By comparing and contrasting approaches and perspectives in diverse settings, this project distills principles of good practice that can inform responses to disruptions in different settings. Tessa DeLaquill, Maia Gelashvili, and Gerardo Blanco are CIHE staff members involved in this project.