WES and CIHE: 2017 Summer Seminar

Date: Jun 22, 2017 — Jun 23, 2017
Location: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


International Education in a New Political Climate

This seminar will explore how the global trend towards nationalism, including the U.K.’s planned departure from the EU and the early actions of the new U.S. administration, will affect the internationalization of higher education.

Offered by World Education Services (WES) and The Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), this seminar aims to address these questions and provide a space for higher education professionals to discuss implications for their respective institutions.

Over the past decades, international higher education has grown exponentially. The global knowledge economy, the massive movement of students, scholars and academic programs around the world, the IT revolution and its impact on international teaching and learning, have all contributed to a strong feeling of interconnectedness and global citizenship in the higher education community.

In many local communities outside of academia, however, an increasing frustration over the lack of benefits from globalization has emerged. This disconnect has resulted in rising nationalism and xenophobia, as manifested in several referenda and elections in the past two years.

  • What does this mean for our policies and strategies for internationalization?
  • What lessons are to be learned from these developments?
  • What are the ethical challenges for international education in this political climate?