Over 400 Attend the Forum’s First European Conference
410 people from 23 countries were in attendance at the Forum’s first European Conference, held on the University College Dublin campus, December 5-7. Highlights included the Opening Reception featuring an address by Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland; a plenary luncheon address by Dr. Colin Ireland, “How Ireland Became the World: Perspectives on Difference in Education Abroad”; a morning plenary address by Gudrun Paulsdottir, “Study Destination Europe - Making the Most of Mobility Cooperation”; and 35 sessions on a wide range of topics related to the conference theme, “Reinventing the European Experience: Culture, Politics and Diversity in U.S. Education Abroad.” In addition, 40 people participated in workshops and a special Fireside Dialogue for Resident Directors held after the conference.
According to Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen, “the conference would not have been possible without the strong support and co-sponsorship of the European education associations, the outstanding work of the conference committee, and the warm hospitality and tremendous support of our host institution, University College Dublin.”
President Michael D. Higgins Delivers Welcome Address
Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, delivered an inspiring welcome address to open the Forum’s first European Conference. President Higgins reflected on the importance of the conference theme and the Forum’s work, and Ireland’s history of international education and exchange. “President Michael D. Higgins provided an inspiring opening speech to the conference full of academic references, sensitivity to our field and all with a good dose of Irish humor,” said Ray Vernon, Executive Director of ACCENT, and a member of the Conference Committee. The full text of the speech may be read on the President of Ireland’s web site here
. The Forum expects the video of the speech to be available in the near future when it will be posted on the Forum web site.
Conference Evaluations Sent to All Attendees
Forum European Conference attendees should have received an email that contains a link to an online conference evaluation. All attendees are encouraged to complete the evaluation, which is confidential. The evaluation will assist the Forum not only to assess this conference, but also to plan future events in Europe and elsewhere.
Three Workshops Offered in January
The Forum will offer three workshops in January. On January 15th, Georgia Institute of Technology will host a full-day workshop on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
Two half-day workshops will be offered on January 16th at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA: A QUIP Peer Review Training
workshop followed by a workshop on Standard 4: Preparation for the Learning Environment
. More details on these upcoming workshops and links to register can be found at http://www.forumea.org/events.cfm