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[SUMM23] International Academic Collaboration at a Time of Geopolitical Strife

Ended Jul 15, 2023

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Full course description

May 18th, 23rd, and 25th, 2023 | 10:00AM- 12:00PM (ET) | Fully Online Course

Interested BC faculty and staff should contact CIHE at, rather than registering here. BC students must register via Eagle Apps. The course number is ELHE7213.

CIHE is happy to offer a 50% discount to all CIHE partners and individuals based at institutions in the Global South (resulting in a total fee of $125). Partial group discounts are also available. Please contact for further information about discounted pricing.


This fully online course explores the impacts of acute and ongoing geopolitical crises at national, regional, and global levels on a key activity of internationalized higher education: academic collaboration.

The course is presenter-led with synchronous and asynchronous content. Course meetings will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 10:00AM- 12:00PM (ET) on May 18th, 23rd, and 25th.

Participants will also engage with readings and other asynchronous content between meetings. All asynchronous activities will end by May 29th, 2023.

What will I gain from this course?

Academics who engage in international research collaborations, teach in international programs, or supervise students from diverse backgrounds will benefit from understanding how rising nationalism, active and passive political and social conflict, and other geopolitical instability might affect their projects, partnerships, and interactions with colleagues, enabling them to adapt their strategies and be proactive in addressing challenges to advance their academic work.

Emerging scholars interested in international higher education, academic collaboration, or the impact of socio-political issues on academia will find this course helpful in providing a comprehensive exploration of contemporary issues affecting international academic collaboration, allowing them to develop their research interests and identify potential areas of study.

Staff members who work in international offices or centers at higher education institutions, managing international student and scholar services, study abroad programs, and academic exchanges will find this course valuable in providing a broader understanding of the socio-political context in which they operate, enabling them to make more informed decisions and anticipate potential challenges.

Course Structure, and Activities:

This course offers opportunities for interaction between and among scholars, practitioners, and graduate students from Boston College and around the world on the topics of geopolitical conflict, social crises, and higher education policy-making related to international academic collaboration.

There will be no formal assignments, but to receive a certificate of completion, registrants must participate in all synchronous and asynchronous activities. 

Key Topics

  1. The rise of new forms of nationalism
  2. Active war and conflict
  3. Policy & international academic collaboration
  4. Social crises: COVID-19, climate change, exacerbation of inequality
  5. Issues & futures of international academic collaboration

Further details regarding the course structure can be found in the International Academic Collaboration at a Time of Geopolitical Strife course description (hyperlinked).

Fees & Policies:

This course costs $250 ($125 for CIHE partners and/or participants based in the Global South). A partial discount is also available for participants enrolling in a group. Interested participants should contact regarding discounted pricing.

Payment must be made by credit card at registration. Registration closes May 17th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until the start of the course. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

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A globally renowned scholar, Hans de Wit has made his name studying the internationalization of higher education. From 2015-2020, Hans served as Director of the Center for International Higher Education. He has also served as Director of the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy) and as Vice-President for International Affairs and Senior Advisor International at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Hans is a Senior Fellow at the International Association of Universities (based at UNESCO), a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education and founding editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.