AIEA 2017 | Internationalization through Difference: Transcending Boundaries

In 2017 the AIEA Annual Conference focus on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalisation. International education leaders must negotiate boundaries due to cultural differences, wide-ranging institutional structures, divergent motivations and meanings, and distinct resource allocations – all of which vary from institution to institution, and nation to nation.

Boundaries create silos which, as Gillian Tett explains (in The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers, 2015, Simon & Schuster), present both problems and possibilities for advancement. Silos can create blinders and tunnel vision, discourage progressive thinking, reinforce status hierarchies, and foster skill sets that are epistemologically static and difficult to expand. On the other hand, utilising and sometimes repositioning silos can be productive, by encouraging strategic thinking and avoiding inward looking approaches and proprietary impasses.

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19–22 February 2017

Venue: Washington DC, United States

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