IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education 2011 (IHE 2011)

Venue: Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, China

Event Date/Time: Dec 08, 2011 End Date/Time: Dec 10, 2011
Early Registration Date: Sep 30, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Oct 03, 2011
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Technology like transport, communication and media-based learning have increased our ambitions to make education more global and international. Higher education has gradually felt more affinity towards the exchange of students; Diversity and learning in concentration with different cultures that has settled as road map for the coming decades. Firstly, motivation for international higher education to promote students’ mindset towards different cultures, languages and traditions. Secondly, allowing students to learn multi-cultural contexts to anticipate to the later career that involve cooperation in international teams. As inevitable side effect, universities welcome international students as source of income and exchange knowledge and skills. To be more precisely, students will take part of their courses abroad, and at least they should match a similar amount of incoming students in order to play par.

This conference aims at the scientific, pragmatic and policy awareness among scholars who face the direct need to make their curricula more culturally fair. European exchange programs like the Erasmus Mundus, the U.S. Council on International Educational Student Exchange, and the Euro-American “Atlantis” program, they all envisage an urgent agenda on how to balance local with the more global criteria in higher education. This conference helps you to build your networks and international consortia on how to be a key player in this emergent trend.

Though not exclusive, the next topics are welcome for papers, posters, symposia and forums

1. Technologies for spreading learning around the world

2. Higher Education and International student exchange

3. Learning far away from home and close to your future colleagues

4. Learning in multicultural contexts

5. Virtual presence as option for extending the students’ learning space

6. Formal and pragmatic obstacles and opportunities in student exchange programs

7. Double- versus joint degrees

8. Funding resources for staff and student exchange

9. How to establish campuses as multicultural communities

10. Coping with incompatibility in semester-, trimester and quarter year course periods

11. Trade-offs between student exchange in the bachelor- versus the master stage?

12. Will English be the default language for master courses around the globe?

13. Does studying abroad imply “living together with local students”, or prefer “international student houses”?

14. How to recruit highly talented students abroad?

15. How to defend the yielded higher criterion to the access of regional- and local students?

16. How to evaluate students’ readiness for studying abroad?

17. Acculturation: what preliminary intercultural need to be trained before been sent to a study abroad?


This conference will focus both on the acute main streams of student exchange:
- Eastern Asia to Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand
- Among Western and Eastern European countries
- Among Spain, Portugal and Southern American countries
- Among Europe and the U.S.

The Conference will be composed of several types of contributions:

Full Papers – These include mainly accomplished research results and have 8 pages at the maximum (5,000 words).

Short Papers – These are mostly composed of work in progress reports or fresh developments and have 4 pages at maximum (2,500 words).

Reflection Papers – These might review recent research literature pertaining to a particular problem or approach, indicate what the findings suggest, and/or provide a suggestion - with rationale and justification - for a different approach or perspective on that problem. Reflection papers might also analyze general trends or discuss important issues in topics related to Applied Computing. These have two pages at maximum (1500 words).

Posters / Demonstrations – These have one page at the maximum (625 words) besides the poster itself (or demonstration) that will be exposed at the conference.

Tutorials – Tutorials can be proposed by scholars or company representatives. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.

Panels – Discussions on selected topics will be held. A proposal of maximum 250 words is expected.

Invited Talks – These will be made of contributions from well-known scholars and company representatives. An abstract will be included in the conference proceedings.

Doctoral Consortium - The Doctoral Consortium will discuss on going work of PhD students in an informal and formative atmosphere. Contributions to the consortium should take the form of either:

a critical literature review of the research topic providing the rationale for the relevance and interest of the research topic; or

a short paper discussing the research question(s), research objectives, research methodology and work done so far.

Doctoral Consortium Contributions should have a maximum 2,500 words (4 pages).

Corporate Showcases & Exhibitions – The former enables Companies to present recent developments and applications, inform a large and qualified audience of your future directions and showcase company’s noteworthy products and services. There will be a time slot for companies to make their presentation in a room. The latter enables companies the opportunity to display its latest offerings of hardware, software, tools, services and books, through an exhibit booth. For further details please contact the publicity chair - secretariat@ihe-conf.org.