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We are offering three pre-conference workshops leading into Summer Conference 2018. Space is limited, so please register soon.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop I: Intercultural Competence in Education: Approaches, Assessment, and Application
Workshop II: Immigration Pathways for International Students
Workshop III: Education Abroad: Partnering for Growth with Industry, Faculty, Government, Alumni and External Providers
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There will be two sets of concurrent Thought Leader Dialogues taking place on Monday, June 18.
Thought Leader Dialogue I: International Education Past and Present: Interpreting Trends
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Markus Badde
Canada and British Columbia continue to enjoy an enviable position as some of the world’s most popular destinations for international students. Some of this can certainly be attributed to the work, policies and reputation of Canada and BC, but some of this is also due to changing trends and tastes, some due to local diaspora populations and changing global demographics, economies and geopolitics, and some due to the generous missteps of competitor jurisdictions. What lessons can be drawn from the past and from current global trends in international education? This presentation compares Canada’s situation today to similar previous trends in other jurisdictions, identifying threats and opportunities for the future.
Thought Leader Dialogue II: Weaving the Braid of Indigenous Knowledge and International Education
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Presenter: Shelly Niemi
This session will lead participants through the importance of weaving together Indigenous Knowledge and International Education, from a local, national and global perspective. Research tells us that school success is inextricably linked to relationships, and none more profoundly than that of the relationships students have with their family and school community. Education, can then be viewed as both a cause and cure for harm and injustice. Within this session participants will weave through the intersection of Why it’s imperative to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge in education globally. As, Researchers cannot delude themselves that they are looking at the same model of education globally, just because us as educators use a common vocabulary (Anderson-Levitt, 2003). Together in this session, let’s examine the Why it’s important to weave together Indigenous Knowledge and International Education. And, How together we can become facilitators of this transformation by learning how to create space within our teaching and leadership practice.
Thought Leader Dialogue III: Preparing for the Impact of Megatrends on International Education
Time: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Presenter: Dr. Rahul Choudaha
A decade ago, higher education was unaware of and unprepared for the dramatic impact of the impending global financial recession. Now, we are on the cusp of another major transformation triggered by the confluence of megatrends, which will compel higher education institutions, especially in high-income countries, to further enhance relevance, affordability, and flexibility of their academic offerings. What are the implications of these megatrends on international education? Are we ready to talk, listen, and act on the next decade of transformative impact on international education?
Thought Leader Dialogue IV: Addressing Global Challenges through International Education
Time: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Presenters: Dr. Vanessa Andreotti & Dr. Sharon Stein
Learners today face more complexity, diversity, uncertainty, and inequality than many parents and teachers have faced in their lifetimes. In this presentation, we ask what approaches to international education can prepare students to address these unprecedented challenges and to become socially accountable members of an interdependent global community. We will consider different frames of global learning, in particular those that can equip students to: identify and interrupt enduring patterns of harmful global relations; expand their frames of reference and sensibilities across borders; and develop the necessary courage to work through the difficulties and the joys of addressing and enacting global change. We will invite conference participants to reflect on: the role of education in adapting to and/or shaping societal change; different ideals of global citizenship; and problematic practices of international community engagement that reproduce ethnocentric and paternalistic colonial relations.