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Calvin to host IAPCHE’s Second Biennial Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education

Calvin to host IAPCHE’s Second Biennial Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education

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Calvin will host IAPCHE's Second Biennial Conference on Internationalizing Christian Higher Education June 4-6, 2015


Following a very successful first conference on internationalizing Christian higher education held at Calvin College in May of 2013, IAPCHE is pleased to offer another opportunity for scholars, faculty, administrators and others in the broad field to come together and share experience, best practices, and deep thinking on various issues related to the topic.

We are all well aware that with the increased flow of people, goods, ideas, and capital around the world, we now, more than in the past, experience connections to and even influences from multiple areas of the world. With Christian faith growing the fastest outside of the North Atlantic region and as more and more opportunities arise to serve and connect with students, faculty, and communities from around the world, we are confronted with numerous opportunities and challenges.

How do we prepare students to respond to our increasingly global and interconnected world? What does intercultural competence, meant to be cultivated through study abroad, look like in different locations of the world? What are we learning from long-term studies of students’ learning and service abroad? What are some of the strategies and even challenges for deep theological, cultural, and academic reflections that Christian institutions are engaging to assist in re-entry programs for students and faculty returning from various intercultural experiences? In what ways are Christian institutions successfully preparing their campuses to meet the specific needs and also tap into the gifts international students, faculty, and scholars on their campuses? And now that the assumed revolution that MOOCS would bring to higher education has subsided how might the use of emerging communication and media tools such as Skype,, webinars, and online courses, among others, aid sin effective partnerships in both teaching and scholarship around the world? These and other related questions are the focus of this conference.

We invite you participate by examining how your institution has approached the multiple facets of internationalization, focusing not only on successes but also on challenges and failures. The conference conveners expect that this will be a rich moment for sharing specific practices and experiences of the various facets that comprise this broad theme. 

Detailed Information

Read the latest updates HERE.

Dates and Deadlines

Conference Paper/Panel Submissions Deadline: January 20, 2015

Registration will open January 30, 2015

Notification of Acceptance of Proposals: January 30, 2015

Photos from the First Conference in May 2013

IAPCHE Leadership: Medard Rugyendo, Fernando Bullón, Harry Fernhout, Rens Rottier, and Mwenda Ntarangwi enjoy dinner

Participants discuss conference topics



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