Current Projects List

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 BlancoRebecca Schendel and Hans de Wit are among the CIHE staff supporting this project. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RECRUITMENT  AND MOBILITY IN NON-ANGLOPHONE COUNTRIES

In partnership with CIHE, the Institute of Education at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia) is conducting a comparative research study of the international student recruitment efforts of countries which have not traditional attracted many overseas students (either due to language barriers or other factors). CIHE staff involved with the project include Hans de Wit and Lizhou Wang.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

CIHE is undertaking a study of American universities in the Middle East, in an effort to better understand the different ways in which these institutions have served U.S. foreign policy objectives through the years. Hans de Wit and Pratik Chougule are leading this study on behalf of CIHE.

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. 

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE INITIATIVES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

In order to achieve, maintain, or improve world-class research universities, a few dozen countries in recent decades have launched Academic Excellence Initiatives (AEI). Those are state-funded programs that support – both organizationally and financially – a limited number of national universities. They are different in design, declared goals, amount of financial support, and number of involved universities. Sponsored by the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, this project analyzes the outcomes of nine such excellence initiatives around the world. The project involves Maria Yudkevich, vice rector of HSE, Philip Altbach of CIHE, and Jamil Salmi, formerly of the World Bank.

AFRICAN DIASPORA ORGANIZATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA

CIHE is conducting a survey of African diaspora/community organizations in the United States that are actively involved in supporting higher education in Africa. The study seeks to capture a mapping of the diverse characteristics of these organizations and their methods of engagement with higher education in Africa. Ayenachew A. Woldegiyorgis leads this project. 

HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CROSS-NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE CHALLENGES AND MANAGEMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CRISIS TIMES

With cases from more than twenty countries, this comparative study aims to analyze and document the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education in different contexts. Across different themes, it looks at the various challenges and opportunities the pandemic has brought about and how higher education institutions and systems are responding to the crisis.  Along with partners from Durban University of Technology and UAE University, Ayenachew A. Woldegiyorgis is part of the research team on behalf of CIHE.