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The 2022 ForumEA Week in Milan will kick off with the Career-Integrated Global Learning Conference, October 17-19, followed by the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Conference, October 19-21. You are invited to join us for shared dialogue and networking at one or BOTH of these events! Session proposals are now being accepted for both conferences. All proposals should be submitted through the online form by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 4, 2022.

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Career-Integrated Global Learning (CIGL) Conference

A hub of fashion and finance, Milan has a long history of welcoming visitors, students, and professionals from throughout Italy and across the globe. The city provides the setting and inspiration for the Forum on Education Abroad’s inaugural conference focused on preparing future professionals through internships and career-integrated global learning.

Internships and career-integrated global learning are among the fastest growing areas of education abroad, allowing students to access high impact international experiences with immersive engagement in the local community. Ranging from individual placements or industry-based projects to pre-program research or re-entry workshops to MNC site visits or NGO case studies, the opportunities to explore how current education applies to future professions are vast. And the challenges are real.

What will the world of work look like for future professionals? Which skills and knowledge will be most applicable? How can these be enhanced through global learning?

The conference will encourage discussion and debate, incorporating insights from the host region and inspiration from participants. Innovative ideas and lingering questions are welcome.

Ideas and questions…discussion and debate…methods and models…research and practice…these will be incorporated into plenary panels, spotlight presentations, concurrent sessions, think tanks, networking prompts, and informal conversations.

Potential topics related to internships and career-focused global learning may include – but are far from limited to – the following:

  • Cross-cultural Coaching
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Emerging Industry Areas
  • Ethical Local Engagements
  • Evaluating New Locations
  • Expanding Global Reach
  • Funding and Financial Models
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Hybrid Program Models
  • International Student Opportunities
  • Local Labor Markets
  • Online Career-Focused Global Learning
  • Outcomes and Assessments
  • Sourcing Host Organizations
  • Student and Supervisor Support
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Visas and Work Authorization
  • Workforce Development Initiatives

Additional ideas and context for the conversation can be found in The Forum on Education Abroad’s Guidelines for Internships Abroad.

Proposal deadline: March 4, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

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Europe, Middle East, & Africa (EMEA) Conference
Open to Each Other: Elevating Voices and Expanding Global Dialogues

The goal of The Forum’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa Conference is to create a space for shared dialogue to explore the pressing issues shaping the future of international education in these regions. In expanding the scope of what had previously been our European conference to include the Middle East and Africa, we aim to elevate the voices of colleagues in these regions, provide a platform to discuss their realities, and learn from each other.

International education is certainly trying to “open up”: to open or reopen international activities after the initial brunt of COVID-19, open up our communities to students and visitors from abroad, and open up our institutions so that local students and faculty benefit from the inclusion of broadly diverse peers – both at home and through mobility. Our world has shrunk in many ways due to the pandemic, yet at the same time it is being opened up both by the truly global nature of the social, economic, and environmental challenges we face.

Join us for a dialogue that reimagines the landscape of international education in a way that enables real change.

We welcome proposals addressing the following topics:

  • The resilience of international education
  • Lessons learned through adversity and their applications in a post-COVID world
  • Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in context in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
  • Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through international education
  • Health, safety, and well-being: emerging concerns
  • The role of online and hybrid global learning
  • New paradigms for student mobility
  • Elevating the dialogue around “quality”: Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and best practices
  • A new generation of students: Gen Z and beyond

Panels with representation crossing multiple countries, institutions, organizations, experience levels, and identities are preferred, as well as proposals that are applicable at a range of institution and organization types and program models. Colleagues from all forms of Higher Education Institutions and organizations involved in international education in the Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (universities, host institutions, graduate and professional schools, HBCUs, TCUs, academic  colleges, community colleges, international education organizations, NGOs and relevant government agencies) are strongly encouraged to participate. Additionally, the committee seeks proposals that balance theory/research and practice, stimulate discussion and provide tangible takeaways.

Proposal deadline: March 4, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC -5)

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Presenter Resources

Submission Guidelines: More details about the conference, tips for preparing a successful proposal, presenter requirements, and some additional dates and deadlines.

Proposal Template: Use this template to prepare your proposal before submitting it via the online form.

Presenter ConnectionWe know that sometimes you have a great proposal idea, but may need some assistance rounding out your panel of presenters. To that end, we offer this space to serve as a hub to create connections with interested co-presenters. We hope that this will be a useful tool in creating diverse panels and impactful proposals. Connect with potential co-presenters»

Request a Conference Committee Consultation: Questions about how to strengthen your conference proposal? Request a 30-minute consultation with a member of the conference committee! Consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Request a consultation now»

Session Proposal Tips and Suggestions

What makes a session proposal work?

  • Diverse points of view and multiple voices on the session topic: this can mean different institutions and organizations, and/or types of education abroad colleagues and partners, or contributors from outside the field of education abroad;
  • A plan for creating an interactive atmosphere that stimulates dialogue or small group discussions among attendees;
  • Ample time for comments and/or questions from the attendees;
  • A topic that clearly relates to the conference theme;
  • A balance of theory and practice;
  • Concrete conclusions: sessions offering specific tips and tools, applications of theory, or lessons learned provide valuable ‘take-aways’ for colleagues;
  • Consideration for the different constituencies in education abroad;
  • Demonstrated professionalism, preparation, and personality.

What doesn’t work?

  • Panels that focus on the accomplishments of only one institution, organization, or program;
  • Panels of more than 4 presenters;
  • Proposals lacking planned audience engagement and interaction;
  • Reading scholarly papers.