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The EAIE podcast brings you voices, perspectives, ideas and insights from the world of international education. Join us as we sit down with professionals, experts and policymakers to discuss a wide range of issues affecting internationalisation in higher education today.

    29. Bojana Ćulum Ilić: Advancing community engagement

    29. Bojana Ćulum Ilić: Advancing community engagement

    No university is an island. Every higher education institution sits within a dense network of local actors, such as public administrations, industry, media, cultural institutions, NGOs and civil society. To each of them, universities have a lot to offer – support, knowledge, expertise, and even inspiration – to help them create sustainable, equitable and inclusive economies and democracies. Proactively engaging and serving the local community, universities can be drivers of positive societal change.  
    In the new episode of the EAIE podcast series, we are joined in conversation by Bojana Ćulum Ilić, Associate Professor at the University of Rijeka. In our conversation, Prof Ilić shares her insights on how to embed community engagement in education and research, how staff and students can contribute, what benefits universities can receive from becoming engaged, and much more.

    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → Share your service learning experience in response to COVID-19 (European Observatory of Service-Learning in Higher Education)
    → Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE)
    → Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS)
    →Croatia: leading community engagement efforts at EU level (EAIE blog)

    • 18 min
    28. Catherine Comiskey: Imagining sustainability, institutionalising change

    28. Catherine Comiskey: Imagining sustainability, institutionalising change

    A summer of scorching fires and devastating floods has made it all too apparent that immediate action must be taken against climate change. However we envision the transition to lower carbon emissions, it will take no less than a revolution of the global economy – including the higher education sector – to achieve this goal.  
    Under the aegis of the European Universities Initiative, the CHARM-EU alliance has emerged as one example of how to institutionalise and coordinate our shared climate ambitions across countries and curricula. Catherine Comiskey, Academic Director of the CHARM-EU Master’s Degree in Sustainability, joins this episode of the EAIE podcast to discuss the alliance’s aspiration to “reconcile humanity with the planet,” exploring some of the possible approaches to teaching sustainability and advancing the sustainability agenda. 

    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → About CHARM-EU
    → CHARM-EU Master's in Global Challenges for Sustainability
    → Universities and the global sustainability agenda: a view from Bologna (EAIE blog)
    → Taking action towards ecosystem restoration (EAIE blog)

    • 22 min
    27. Hala Dimechkie: A window on MENA - Lebanon’s challenges & opportunities

    27. Hala Dimechkie: A window on MENA - Lebanon’s challenges & opportunities

    Mobility is a key feature of higher education in Lebanon. Its universities have traditionally been extremely popular among international students from all over the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and Asia, whilst every year Lebanese youths flock to Europe and North America to participate in exchange programmes or pursue full degrees. Lebanon also caters to many students who belong to the large community of refugees currently hosted in the country. However, Lebanon has recently faced a series of challenges that not only complicate daily life but also present real difficulties in the execution of internationalisation activities. 
     In this episode of the EAIE podcast, Hala Dimechkie, Director of the Office of International Programs at The American University of Beirut (AUB), helps us better understand the unique set of issues currently facing Lebanon. Hala offers a number of insights into how her own university and other Lebanese higher education institutions are continuing to serve their local and international students and staff, administer key programmes, and plan for the future, despite the uncertainties and challenges of the moment. 

    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → Office of International Programs (American University of Beirut)
    → 'Never waste a good crisis' in 2021 Spring Forum (Hala Dimechkie)
    → Bolder, braver internationalisation in the Southern Mediterranean (EAIE blog)

    • 19 min
    26. John Delap: Working at the crossroads of access, equity and inclusion

    26. John Delap: Working at the crossroads of access, equity and inclusion

    In order to drive societal change, higher education institutions must first address internally those same problems they want to solve in the outside world. In order to enable all individuals to realise their full potential regardless of their physical, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds, universities must first of all ensure that all students can thrive.  
    Despite the progress made, access and inclusion still have a long way to go. In the latest episode of the EAIE podcast, we are joined in conversation by John Delap, Diversity and Inclusion Project Analyst at Princeton University, to discuss how higher education institutions can identify and remedy existing biases and inequalities.

    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → Learning from Flanders’ inclusive mobility roadmap (EAIE blog)
    → National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015–2021 (Irish government)
    → 'Moving up without losing your way' by Professor Jennifer Morton (Inside Higher Ed)

    • 27 min
    25. Tibor Ágotai: Student accommodation – a frontline view

    25. Tibor Ágotai: Student accommodation – a frontline view

    As students prepare to return to their dormitories and apartments for the beginning of the new academic year, we examine the long and sometimes complex processes they have to follow to secure lodgings suitable to their needs and expectations.  
    Reckoning with budgets and priorities, coming to grips with university bureaucracies and navigating intricate housing markets can present serious challenges, and even more so for international students. What are the best available options to find accommodation? How are institutions supporting international students? How has the pandemic changed the picture? Join us for this episode of the EAIE podcast as we ask all these questions and many more to our new podcast guest, Tibor Ágotai, the international coordinator of dormitories at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. 

    • 30 min
    24. Alexander Clark: A student perspective on European Universities

    24. Alexander Clark: A student perspective on European Universities

    Over the past few years, over 41 alliances of European Universities have been established under the European Universities Initiative, the ambition of which is to create and amplify opportunities for physical, virtual and blended mobility, as well as to share curricula and award joint degrees. Although proposals are ultimately approved by the European Commission, all decisions, planning and preparation are made by the alliances themselves, with no strict directives coming from the top. 


     


    Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Initiative. It is only natural, then, that they should be involved in the decision-making processes. Indeed, student representatives have been involved in the governance structure of most alliances, in different forms and with varying degrees of autonomy and power. What are the most successful models? And how are they spreading a feeling of belonging and commitment across the whole student population? We are joined today by Alexander Clark, President of the Student Board of the Una Europa alliance, to hear his insights from participating in the governance of that alliance and his thoughts on how we can develop university alliances that are truly for the students and by the students. 

    • 19 min

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