Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI)

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2011-2021: Ten years of CHEI

This year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Since activities began in 2011, we have pursued our aims as set out in our Memorandum of Association and achieved results that now position us among the most important centres worldwide dealing with the internationalisation of higher education.

As our tenth anniversary falls in the year that Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore marks its centenary, our anniversary events are also included in the University's celebratory programme. Events will be held throughout the academic year and we welcome the CHEI community and friends to attend.

Our first event took place on 16 and 17 September with a programme of four webinars, bringing together members of our Management and Academic Boards, our PhD students and alumni, and the CHEI Educational Developers in sessions of reflection and discussion about the CHEI story, the future, the implications of the current situation and the future of internationalisation of higher education. 

Further events will be publicised here on our site. Come and celebrate ten years of CHEI with us!

CHEI Research Seminar

Our Autumn 2021 Research Seminar took place in hybrid form, online and in Milan, 13-17 September. We were pleased to welcome so many students in person, but equally pleased to see others joining us online for many of the sessions during the week. The cohort will continue with a programme of online sessions between this seminar and the next, which will take place in Brescia in spring 2022. We are optimistic that many of the travel restrictions in place now to combat the spread of COVID-19 will be lifted by that time so that we can welcome everyone in person.

We recognise the expertise of our Academic Team which made this hybrid seminar and our previous three online seminars and intervening sessions so successful. We are also grateful to the participants for the energy and enthusiasm they lend to the seminar programmes. 

Our international academic community is in continuous growth and in action despite the restrictions we are all working under. Our cohort now includes students from Australia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation, Spain, Finland and the United States.

The CHEI Research Training Seminar is held twice a year and is open to a broad international community of students and scholars with an interest in the internationalisation of higher education.

 

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Teaching international classes

We provide support to academic staff at all of the Università Cattolica campuses: Brescia, Cremona, Milan, Piacenza, and Rome. Not only do we offer a forum for professors and instructors to discuss experience and exchange ideas, our educational developers lead sessions which offer insight into approaches, strategies and techniques to use when dealing with international classes. The modules we offer are delivered as workshops so that participants can take advantage of the opportunity to apply the material that is covered.

We publish new dates for all our modules throughout the year. The workshops are delivered via Teams but we will be returning to in-person sessions with online options when this becomes feasible.

These EME modules fall within the Centre's mission to support Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in its strategy of internatonalisation and we are grateful to the University for funding the funding that has been made available. Università Cattolica academic staff can take part free of charge and we also welcome participants from other universities, who should contact us directly for more information.

 

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CHEI Doctoral Programme

The CHEI Doctoral Programme is directed at aspiring researchers and professionals in higher education internationalisation and focusses exclusively on internationalisation of higher education.

Internationalisation of Higher Education: a global study commissioned by the European Parliament

The Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) is co-author of Internationalisation of Higher Education together with the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the European Association for International Education (EAIE). The study was commissioned by the European Parliament and analyses the current state of internationalisation of higher education in Europe and outside Europe. It identifies key trends and draws a picture of the future of itnernationalisation in Europe.