Open to Each Other: Elevating Voices and Expanding Global Dialogues
October 19-21, 2022
Milan, Italy
Hosted by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

The goal of The Forum’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) 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.

Unable to join us in Milan? In the lead up to the on-site conference, we will offer a series of three virtual Open Forums that provide accessible opportunities for learning, dialogue, and networking around topics of critical importance to education abroad in the EMEA region.   September 22, September 29, and October 13, 2-4pm CEST (Milan, Cape Town)


EMEA Opening Plenary by Dr. Yamina EL KIRAT EL ALLAME

“Expanding the Dialogue on International Education: Emerging Trends from the Middle East and Africa”

Join us for a plenary that demonstrates how opening to the MENA region and Africa can enrich dialogue around international education, featuring an overview of the current state, emerging trends, and strategies in these regions. Practical examples will be provided to showcase current practices and challenges in each region. Focusing on the MENA region and Africa in general, and North Africa in particular, the keynote will highlight the academic cooperation experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and the related policies implemented, and identify the emerging trends and challenges in academic collaboration.

Professor Yamina EL KIRAT EL ALLAME got her Ph.D. in minority identities, languages and cultures. She is the Director of the Moroccan Institute for Advanced Studies at Mohammed V University, a Professor at IES Abroad Rabat, and the coordinator of the UNIMED SUB-Network on migration. She was a member of the UNESCO Ad Hoc Committee of Experts for Endangered Languages. She is an international adviser and consultant in the field of higher education.

She was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Greenville Tech in 2010 with the program entitled “Direct Access to the Muslim World” where she helped in developing a program entitled “Middle Eastern Studies.” She is the coordinator of the AMAS Erasmus Inter Africa Mobility Project in Morocco, a member of the Erasmus Capacity Building Project “Edu-BioMed” on biosphere reserves and a member of the Global Youth Academy Project and a research partner of the GLoSYS Project. El Kirat has been teaching courses at IES-ABROAD Rabat-Morocco on the topic of cultural identities in the MENA region, and has been coordinating IES programs at Mohammed V University.

Professor El Kirat is a member of the Standing Committee of the World Congress of African Linguistics (WOCAL) and the President of the organizing Committee of WOCAL 9, which took place in Rabat-Morocco in August 2018. She has taught and carried out research in cultural linguistics/anthropology, sociolinguistics, language endangerment, minority cultures, cultural representations and attitudes, gender issues, and language and educational policy, internationalization of higher education for more than 30 years. Her interest in all these issues stems from her personal experience and interest in the linguistic, cultural, social, educational and political issues in North Africa in general and the Moroccan context in particular. She has published articles in indexed journals and chapters in collective books at the international level.

Dr. Yamina’s Opening Plenary session, “Expanding the Dialogue on International Education: Emerging Trends from the Middle East and Africa,” will take place on Thursday, October 21, at 8:45 a.m. CEST.


EMEA Conference Committee

Thank you to the following colleagues for serving on the committee for the EMEA Conference. Committee members are appointed by the Council Chair following an open call for volunteers. The Council Chair ensures that there is representation from different types of institutions and organizations, as well as good representation from colleagues based in the European Union, Middle East, and Africa.

Léa Dominique Senn, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, chair
Carolyn Becker, University of Tennessee
Gian Franco Borio, AACUPI/EUASA
Christina Carroll, Florida State University
Oussama El Addouli, IES Abroad Rabat
Jessica Francis, Wake Forest University
Lars Franke, British American Drama Academy, AASAP UK
Maria Gil Poisa, Escola Superior d’Infermeria del Mar, Barcelona
Shayle Havemann, Evolve Abroad, Cape Town
Carol Huber, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Montpellier, APUAF
Jonathan Kaplan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hannah Kilgore, Trinity College Dublin
Katherine Martin, University of Limerick
Juan Mundel, Arizona State University
Ariane Ngabeu, Middlebury C.V. Starr School Abroad in Cameroon
Zein Nsheiwat, CIEE Jordan
Trisha Winkle, Texas A&M University

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