Managing International Education Programs under the Threat of Global Terrorism

Abstract

International travel safety is one of the major concerns for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). In order to continue our shared commitment for internalization, we need to develop strategies to advance international education programs and partnerships under the threat of global terror and other international travel risks.  As we work with different stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, priorities, and concerns regarding the international travel risks, we have to design and develop new strategies, processes, and programs to strengthen our shared commitment for international education. In recent years, we have seen a major increase in international travel risks, which impacts how we manage international programs. In addition to other international travel risks, global terror threats bring additional challenges as we manage our education abroad programs and develop new international partnerships.  Depending on the region, type of institution, and based on institutional policies and priorities, each institution manages international risks differently. For U.S. institutions, the state department’s travel alerts add additional complications and those instructions impact the policies and procedures as we assess the international travel risks.  In this session, three different institutions from the U.S. and Turkey, will share their procedures, policies, and experiences as they manage the international risks on their campuses.