CZEDUCON 2019 in Prague attracted over 500 attendees to build the capacity of university staff and enhance the internationalization of higher education in the Czech Republic. The Czech National Agency for International Education organized the conference under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MEYS). According to U-Multirank, Czech higher education institutions perform above average in three of the five indicators–Research, International Orientation and Regional Engagement dimensions. The event indicated the proactive efforts and investments by the national agency to improve the internationalization activities and adopt best practices.
I was invited to deliver a plenary session on the theme of “Getting Ready for the Third Wave of International Student Mobility.” The core argument of my presentation was set in the context of increasing competition for attracting international students in the Third Wave of Mobility along with the shift towards “lower-middle income” countries such as India, Viet Nam, Nepal, Nigeria as the drivers of future growth in global mobility. In the Third Wave, higher education institutions must adapt their strategies by deepening the understanding of student segments, aligning institutional strategies with national policies and offering value for money.
I also moderated a discussion on the trends shaping internationalization of higher education with the following panelists:
- Sabine Pendl, President, EAIE (European Association for International Education)
- Ulrich Grothus, President, ACA (Academic Cooperation Association)
- Pavel Doleček, Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research, MEYS
Some of the questions/themes addressed were:
- promise and potential of European University Initiative in intensifying institutional collaboration
- role of universities in addressing nationalistic and xenophobic tendencies
- the need for streamlining immigration and visa policies in line with internationalization and skills development agenda,
- the challenge of decline in outbound credit mobility among European students