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(DC) Association of International Education Administrators Conference
February 18 - February 21
Internationalization of higher education is needed now more than ever. Each day brings new challenges, and the next few years will undoubtedly continue to bring further uncertainty and definitive paradigm shifts. (Consider the recent Syrian deterioration, Brexit, Indian Currency revaluation, South African student protests, and US elections, to name a few; other countries face recent and upcoming elections and growing resistance to policies promoting multiculturalism and cultural openness). As nations seek to ameliorate the disparities of the world economy driven by globalization, conflicting divergent ideologies have surfaced, leading to desires to tighten borders and focus national policies inwardly. This current changing global political landscape provides us as international educators the opportunity to reflect upon, reframe and recommit to the imperative of international higher education and to hone our skills in communicating its import to a redefined and expanded audience.