Why I'm Excited About Houston

October 28, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Patricia Willer

The 2012 Annual Conference Committee (ACC)  has just returned from Houston and we’re really excited about Houston as a convention city for the 2012 NAFSA Annual Conference. Houston has so much to offer. When the committee wasn’t busy selecting content, you can bet we were enjoying the city’s fun mix of southern hospitality, western vibe, and metropolitan flair. When you come to the Houston conference, you’ll find all the sessions and workshops that are typically offered related to professional practice. But you will also find sessions focused on advocacy, Latin America, community colleges, minority-serving institutions, and cross-border issues between the United States and Mexico. There will  be offerings focused on China and India, and new sessions to capture cutting-edge issues. I’m delighted at the number of sessions dedicated to professional and leadership development, learning how to advocate for international education on your campus, and change management. And of course our conference theme, Comprehensive Internationalization: Vision and Practice, will be explored in a BIG way.... See More

ACC is Heading to Houston and Wants to Hear From You

October 11, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Joël Gallegos, Content Team Chair

The time has come for the Annual Conference Committee (ACC) to select content for NAFSA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Houston, TX. This weekend, the ACC is heading to Houston to select the sessions and current topics workshops for the conference. We had more than 100 reviewers help us make our decisions on the 400-plus proposals, and we’re excited about what we’ve seen. As we dig into the creation of the Houston program, we’re especially looking to highlight this year’s theme, Comprehensive Internationalization: Vision and Practice. We’re looking forward to this process, and want to hear what YOU want to see from this year’s conference!... See More

Looking Forward to Great Content in Houston

July 19, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By David Wick, EdD

When I joined the 2012 Annual Conference Committee as Workshop Chair I had no idea how much excitement would build far in advance of the 2012 Annual Conference in Houston, TX. As a committee, we have enjoyed thinking about how to infuse the theme of Comprehensive Internationalization: Vision and Practice throughout the conference content. These efforts have generated lists of suggested topics from all of NAFSA's content areas. We hope that this theme will create an opportunity for international educators from around the world to engage in discussions about how to interpret and implement ideas from NAFSA's recent publication Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action.... See More

International Plenary and Luncheon

June 03, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Eric White

Anand Sudarshan, chief executive officer and managing director of Manipal Education, engaged the International Plenary Luncheon with a thoughtful analysis of education in India. He maintained that India, which comprises one sixth of humanity, is in a unique position to invent the future.

India's strengths, according to Sudarshan, reside in its English-based education structure, the emphasis on education within the family, and a large youth population. Western universities need to focus on three things in order to collaborate most fluently with India in this process:

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See You Next Year in Houston!

June 03, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Eric White

The closing reception was the exclamation point on the success of the 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver! Attendees celebrated and geared up for NAFSA’s 2012 Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.... See More

Developing Global Strategic Relationships

June 02, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Lisa Schock

"It is physically impossible to go faster or do better than your strategic relationships." That's the one key concept Michael Webb, founder and CEO of Michael Moto, LLC, an international organization with headquarters in Denver and Tokyo, wanted... See More

NAFSA Honors Educators with National Awards

June 02, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Lisa Schock

On June 1, NAFSA honored several international educators with national awards:

The Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA was awarded to Anita Gaines, director of international student and scholar services at the... See More