This half-day workshop, offered as the 4th annual IIE/AIEA pre-conference workshop, aims to provide senior international education administrators with insights into current internationalization efforts in Middle East countries and institutions, whose presence in the international education arena present opportunities for academia and students to further engage with this vitally important region of the world. Participants will be able to use the information and strategies learned to strategically plan for increased collaboration between their institutions and their counterparts in the Middle East.
Drawing on examples of best practice programs, including study abroad, faculty and student exchange programs and branch campus programs, the facilitators and presenters will highlight the need for increased networking and collaboration between U.S. institutions and institutions in Middle East countries. The workshop will also focus on strategies, resources and recommendations for participants to enhance institutional relationships, and more broadly, their own understanding of the internationalization climate in the Arab world.
IIE will provide background to the workshop based on Middle East-related mobility data collected through the 2009 Open Doors Report and Project Atlas, related findings from its recently released white paper on “Expanding U.S. Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities”, and other new projects in the region. The presenters will also cover a cross-section of international higher education updates from the region, as presenters will include institutional administrators that oversee programs in the Middle East, senior staff from NGOs and institutions in Qatar, and IIE staff with expert knowledge of the region.
Confirmed speakers include:
Director of Study Abroad and Outreach
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)
President and CEO
Institute of International Education (IIE)
Professor and Director of the Center for Persian Studies
Co-Principal Investigator, Persian Flagship Program
University of Maryland
Maggie Mitchell Salem
Qatar Foundation International
Professor of Chinese Studies
Senior Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Service
Director of the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS)