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Internationalization Summit

 Internationalization Summit - April 14, 2017

"Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization  of
Higher Education


Friday, April 14th, 2017 at the University of Denver

Online registration is now open! 

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This year’s summit is organized around "Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education". We believe that this theme is both timely and important to higher education given the always increasing movement of peoples around the world and particularly the current refugee crises in the world. For the purposes of the summit, the definition of "migration" is very broad and can include such volunteer migrants as students and scholars crossing borders to live elsewhere for a period of time, as well as migrants as refugees who are migrating for safety, survival or greater peace. This also more abstractly applies to the migration of ideas and concepts across borders. The summit intends to be a venue to explore the interplay between these phenomena in meaningful and purposeful ways. 

Some questions to explore include:

  • What are the impacts of migration on Higher Education?
  • How is higher education responding to the current refugee crises?
  • How is Higher Education connecting with immigrant populations in their own communities and beyond?
  • How can these topics of migration inform global learning? 
  • What are the experiences and impacts of students and international scholars, as volunteer migrants, to our institutions and communities?
  • In what ways are ideas migrating across the world impacting the Internationalization of Higher Education?

The summit will be primarily focused on research presentations, but will also include various events such as applied workshops, lectures, as well as round-table and panel discussions. While successful proposals will highlight how intersections between migration, refugees and the internationalization of higher education inform what we engage with as an academic community, the summit theme is intended to encourage a conversation about the dynamic of internationalization as related to unique aspects of the internationalization of higher education, Internationalization at Home or internationalization of the curriculum specifically.

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Attending the Summit

All members of regional universities and related academic community (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students) are encouraged to participate in the summit.

The Internationalization Summit is intended to be a forum for members of our regional academic community to engage in meaningful conversation, connect, share practices, and present emerging research relating to the internationalization of higher education. We invite you to submit presentation proposals as well as attend the summit once the registration is open.


A call for proposals was sent out early January 2017. The priority deadline for submission has been extended to March 10, 2017. Please check back to this page or have your information added to the email list below in order to receive updates on the call for proposals.


Online registration will open in early March 2017. We encourage you to check back at that time to sign up to attend the Summit. In the meantime, you can also check out the "Contact" section below to have your email address added to the Internationalization Summit email list to receive updates on the online registration.

Related Readings

Following Hans de Wit and Fiona Hunter's amendment of Jane Knight's work, we define internationalization as: "the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society" (Source:

Click here for an introductory reading on the broad concept of Internationalizing Higher Education in the U.S. through the lens of comprehensive internationalization as proposed by John Hudzik of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA, 2011).


If you are a representative of a regional university and you are interested in a more active partnership with us in planning the Summit, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact the chair of the Internationalization Summit Steering Committee Casey Dinger, for more information. 

Also, if you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Internationalization Summit or if you have questions, please direct these communications to

*The Summit Steering Committee recognizes that this year's summit falls on the Christian holiday of Good Friday. For those attendees who may celebrate this holiday, we would encourage you to participate in the Internationalization Summit as you are able in accordance with your traditions.