2022 AIEA Annual Conference 

Why the Internationalization of Higher Education Still Matters

In person: February 21-23, 2022
New Orleans, LA, USA
Celebrating 40 years!

*January 2022:  Online pre-conference workshops
*April 2022 - Global Summit (virtual) 

The Association of International Education Administrators 2022 Annual Conference is the only conference specifically for those leading international education at higher education institutions. 

  • Over 100 sessions and roundtable discussions where international education leaders engage in peer-learning on relevant and key issues for the field 
  • Pre-conference workshops that delve deeper into issues such as international strategic partnerships, virtual exchange, and more
  • Inspiring keynotes on trends influencing the future of the field 
  • Opportunities to network with colleagues who lead strategy for comprehensive internationalization

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Conference Theme:

The pandemic of COVID-19 has brought changes in all facets of our lives and work that are bound to last for years to come.  For those in higher education, the pandemic has been an opportunity to question our practices and to invent new ways of delivering programs and conducting research. We have also been forced to ask ourselves What is internationalization for and if we really need internationalization to achieve our mission as educators, researchers and administrators of higher education.

We, leaders in international education, know that without international collaboration, humanity would not have had a vaccine against COVID-19. Without international collaboration, political, social, environment and human issues would never be studied and resolved.

Post-pandemic, it is clear that we must make more evident and more intentional the transformative impact of internationalization on such key issues as:

- social justice
- diversity, equity and inclusion
- access to quality employment and economic opportunities
- human and economic development of disadvantaged communities

Why Internationalization matters for:
- a better education
-a more impactful research and community engagement through new knowledge development and dissemination for humanity
-through the use of knowledge diplomacy around the world

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of AIEA

In 2022, AIEA will celebrate its 40th anniversary.  A special program is being prepared, and we welcome your suggestions and ideas especially about the future of the profession. Where do you see AIEA in the future?  How can AIEA best meet the needs of its members moving forward and, in the years, to come? What is the future of the SIO? Of internationalization of higher education?

NB: We are preparing an in-person conference which might be smaller than usual. We know that all our members may not be able to travel. To serve you better, the conference will be preceded by a series of pre-conference virtual workshops and followed by a virtual symposium. 


Conference Sub-themes:

Why Internationalization matters for:

  • Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    How strategies and initiatives in international education, internationalization of the curriculum and of the campus contribute to more diversity, equity and inclusion, and how they can help develop a better sense of social justice in our societies. Proposals can include examples of actual projects that can show lessons learned and documented impacts.

  • Access to Quality Employment and Economic Opportunities

    Examples of strategies, programs, initiatives of internationalization that help enhance the employability and the quality of employment or help students create businesses; roles of higher education institutions in supporting students on local, national and international scenes and what and how potential partnerships contributed to their success. This can include to what extent these examples are replicable.

  • Human and Economic Development of Disadvantaged Communities

    How studying abroad, developing global competences, and learning in a more globalized environment and an open context favors the social and economic development of disadvantaged communities. Examples of impacts and lessons learned may include strategies, research projects and actions targeting refugees, indigenous populations, and other underrepresented and vulnerable groups.

  • The Achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda (SDGs)

    The UN 2030 Agenda sets clear objectives and specific goals in several areas of the human life and for the planet. Education of quality is one of the SDGs, and the role of education and of research cross almost all the SDGs. Why and how does internationalization strategy at the institutional level address the SDGs and contribute to their achievements?

  • New Knowledge Development and Dissemination for Humanity

    The pandemic of COVID-19 has brought changes in all facets of our lives and work that are bound to last for years to come.  For those in higher education, the pandemic has been an opportunity to question our practices and to invent new ways of delivering programs and conducting research in several disciplines and areas of knowledge. Without international collaboration, humanity would have not had a vaccine against COVID-19. Without international collaboration, political, social, environment and human issues would never be studied and resolved. What new practices are emerging within internationalization?

  • Knowledge Diplomacy Around the World

    More than ever, political and diplomatic tensions impact international higher education and international research collaboration. Negative impacts affect not only traveling and student mobility. Issues related to knowledge access and sharing, intellectual property, security and confidentiality of scientific information, among others can hinder international partnership development and sustainability, international collaborative research and faculty exchange. SIOs work side by side with their peers and partners to identify and overcome barriers and to find the best strategies and most appropriate knowledge-diplomacy based approaches. What is the role of knowledge diplomacy within internationalization in the post-pandemic future? What are some concrete ways to address these issues that hinder partnership development, collaboration and sustainability?