Looking Ahead - The 4th Annual IASAS/NASPA Global Summit
The IASAS-NASPA Global Summit for Student Affairs and Services is taking place this year in Santiago, Chile, 24-26 October. This will be the fourth summit which attracts a worldwide group of senior Higher Education Student Affairs members for in-depth conversations about global affairs. Two representatives from countries around the world are invited to join in the process.
The first summit was in Washington (2012) and then it was hosted in Rome (2014). With IASAS’ true character of international participation and NASPA’s drive towards professionalization it then was voted to be hosted in Africa, Cape Town (2016). Now, we are moving to our 4th continent and close to 70 participants from 25 countries are confirmed to bring best practices to these conversations. Every two years we come together from all corners and continents of the world and learn from each other in order to advance the goals of Higher Education.
The summit is much more than a group of professionals discussing UNESCO global development goals, formulating internally joint agendas and designing high-level outcomes. It is a coming together of highly motivated and internationally acclaimed peers who share a kinship around our shared commitment to higher education as an avenue for empowerment, social justice and equality.
Dr. Birgit Schreiber, Africa Regional Coordinator
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Special Projects and Publications
Employability in a Global Context Authors: Martin Smith, Kenton Bell, Dawn Bennett, Alan McAlpine This research involved 19 institutions from eight countries and four continents. These institutional partners engaged in fact-finding and theory generation with the common aim of informing current and future employability policies and practices. This work aligned with the diverse aspirations of all higher education stakeholders and fostered communication between colleagues through open dialogue. The core research question was: How is employability termed, driven, and communicated by universities internationally?
A Collaborative Approach in the Internationalisation Cycle of Higher Education Institutions Author: Adriana Pérez-Encinas This paper has been published by Springer in the book European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies in 2018. The paper reflects on the need for a collaborative approach among all stakeholders and service providers at universities to promote and enhance their internationalisation efforts within higher education institutions. Internationalisation may be enhanced by adding a collaborative component into all university services, thereby engaging key stakeholders. This paper offers a fresh and innovative approach linking formal and informal services inside higher education institutions, in order to formulate the best strategies to integrate collaborative services and approaches into the regular activities of formal or institutional services.
Enhancing Employability in Higher Education through Work Based Learning Editor: Dr. Dawn Morley In this new publication, editor Dr. Dawn A. Morley shows how the United Kingdom is learning to be more responsive to the student as the customer of their services and ways in which universities in the UK are embedding work based opportunities into the student experience. The editor indicates that these types of initiatives have had an incredible impact on students' future success and development.
Professional Development and Outreach
Call for Mentors
Are you interested in advancing the profession, while also developing the skills, capability and confidence in the next generation of student services leaders? Using online mentoring, eMentors provide guidance across time zones and countries. This is a six to eight month mentoring partnership. Apply today to become part of the Global eMentoring team.
Attending conferences is a great way to stay current and connected in the profession. Check the IASAS website for upcoming conferences near you.
IASAS at the Asia Pacific Student Services Association International Conference
This year’s Asia Pacific Student Services Association (APSSA) international conference held at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 6 August to 10 August 2018 was attended by 389 participants from 56 universities. Representing IASAS were Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Achim Meyer auf der Heyde, and Howard Wang.The sessions were outstanding and were around three main themes of employability, wellness and mental health, student residences, student development, and mobility and diversity. Members of the IASAS board was pleased to network and present on the international dialogues around topics that are timely for the profession every other year at Global Summits for Student Affairs and Services, and yearly Student Leader Global Summits. Achim especially shared how important it is to have Asia’s voice in the work we do to further elevate the field. Thus, he encouraged those at APSSA to join IASAS.
Lisa shared upcoming research projects and Howard discussed the 3rd edition of the UNESCO/IASAS book titled Student Affairs and Services in Higher Education: Global foundations, issues and best practices that will be out in 2019.
Dr. Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, IASAS Secretary
IASAS Member Highlight
Gian Luca Giovannucci
Member Name, Role, and Institution or Organization
Gian Luca Giovannucci - President, EUCA (European University College Association), based in Brussels, Belgium (but I live in Rome, Italy).
Why are you a member of IASAS and how have you benefited from membership in the organization?
I've been a member of IASAS since before its chartering, when it was just a dream for many professionals around the world. For me, this association means having friends and colleagues from all over the world with whom I share the same commitment to student success and wellbeing and a passion for internationalization in higher education.
What drew you to a career in student services?
A lifelong passion for education and giving young people all the personalized support they need to fulfill their dreams.