— CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline for submissions (2nd call): 5 September 2011

IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education 2011

8 to 10 December 2011 – Shanghai, China


* Keynote Speakers:

George Siemens, Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University, Canada

Dr. Henk W. Sligte, Kohnstamm Instituut, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. Pen Bing, President of Hong He College in Yun Nan Province, China

* Opening Speaker:

Prof. Yu Li Zhong, President of East China Normal University, China

* Conference Background and Goals

Technology like transport, communication and media-based learning have increased our ambitions to make education more global and international. Higher education has gradually felt more affinity towards the exchange of students; Diversity and learning in concentration with different cultures that has settled as road map for the coming decades. Firstly, motivation for international higher education to promote students’ mindset towards different cultures, languages and traditions. Secondly, allowing students to learn multi-cultural contexts to anticipate to the later career that involve cooperation in international teams. As inevitable side effect, universities welcome international students as source of income and exchange knowledge and skills. To be more precisely, students will take part of their courses abroad, and at least they should match a similar amount of incoming students in order to play par.

This conference aims at the scientific, pragmatic and policy awareness among scholars who face the direct need to make their curricula more culturally fair. European exchange programs like the Erasmus Mundus, the U.S. Council on International Educational Student Exchange, and the Euro-American “Atlantis” program, they all envisage an urgent agenda on how to balance local with the more global criteria in higher education. This conference helps you to build your networks and international consortia on how to be a key player in this emergent trend.

* Format of the Conference 

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (online accessible).

The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services. 

* Types of submissions 

Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics

These include, but are not limited to the following topics: 

1. Technologies for spreading learning around the world

2. Higher Education and International student exchange

3. Learning far away from home and close to your future colleagues

4. Learning in multicultural contexts

5. Virtual presence as option for extending the students’ learning space

6. Formal and pragmatic obstacles and opportunities in student exchange programs

7. Double- versus joint degrees

8. Funding resources for staff and student exchange

9. How to establish campuses as multicultural communities

10. Coping with incompatibility in semester-, trimester and quarter year course periods

11. Trade-offs between student exchange in the bachelor- versus the master stage?

12. Will English be the default language for master courses around the globe?

13. Does studying abroad imply “living together with local students”, or prefer “international student houses”?

14. How to recruit highly talented students abroad?

15. How to defend the yielded higher criterion to the access of regional- and local students?

16. How to evaluate students’ readiness for studying abroad?

17. Acculturation: what preliminary intercultural need to be trained before been sent to a study abroad?  etc

This conference will focus both on the acute main streams of student exchange:

– Eastern Asia to Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand

– Among Western and Eastern European countries

– Among Spain, Portugal and Southern American countries

– Among Europe and the U.S.

* Important Dates:

– Submission deadline (2nd call): 5 September 2011

– Notification to Authors (2nd call): 7 October 2011

– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (2nd call): Until 4 November 2011

– Late Registration (2nd call): After 4 November 2011

– Conference: Shanghai, China, 8 to  10 December 2011 

* Conference Location 

The conference will be held in Shanghai, China. 

* Secretariat 


Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3 

1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal 

E-mail: secretariat@ihe-conf.org/

Web site: http://www.ihe-conf.org/

* Program Committee 

Program Chair

Heling Huai, Foundation of New Silk Route and Dragon Travel Service, The Netherlands

Conference Co-Chairs

Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands 

Ji-ping Zhang, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Pedro Isa韆s, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

* Co-located events

Please also check the co-located event:

Internet Technologies & Society 2011 (http://www.its-conf.org/) – 8-10 December 2011.

* Registered participants in the International Higher Education conference may attend Internet Technologies & Society conference sessions free of charge.