Michelle Stewart, EAIE & the University of Strathclyde

Name: Michelle Stewart

Occupation: Immediate Past President, the EAIE and Director of Internationalisation (Humanities & & Social Sciences), the University of Strathclyde

Location: UK

After two years in the prominent function of president of EAIE, and 2 years prior as vice president, Michelle Stewart has formally turned over the baton to Piet Van Hove. Does this imply the end of her participation with the organisation known for its yearly conference? Far from it.

Stewart will now take on a new function in the general council to enable connection of the success of the non-profit centre, offering her the chance pass on knowledge and experience to incoming council members.

Stewart, who has worked in higher education for over 20 years, hopes that any extra time she has will offer her the chance to prepare appropriately her journey from her home in Glasgow to next year’s 33rd EAIE conference in Rotterdam – – by bicycle. She had actually at first prepared to cycle to Barcelona for the 2022 conference as a nod to among the overarching styles of the conference – – sustainability.

“It was definitely something everyone was discussing. What can we do? What can we all do? And it would have been quite symbolic as the inbound president,” she informs The PIE.

Unfortunately, the logistics of the journey didn’t work out in time however Stewart is positive that both she, and a lot of her colleagues, are dedicated to making it take place in 2023.

This year’s conference saw a record number of delegates. Nevertheless, previously, Stewart had some niggling concerns about the turnout post-pandemic.

“It was a real thing that we didn’t know whether the sector would continue to wish to come to these kinds of events. It was a genuine question mark. Will individuals return on trains? Will they have the budget plan?”

“It was an authentic thing that we didn’t understand whether the sector would continue to want to concern these kinds of occasions. It was a genuine enigma”

Stewart’s worries were quashed as the conference welcomed over 6,200 individuals from 90 countries, and 400 speakers, although she still questions if this is a “get better” or if it will level out to pre-pandemic numbers.

“We have a high percentage of totally brand-new individuals, that’s truly encouraging too, and they’re not all junior members of personnel, however from different nations. I think people are saying ‘‘ we have not been anywhere for 3 years so let’s return to EAIE!'”

This year’s conference was Stewart’s first in-person conference as president due to the pandemic, and although EAIE delivers an outstanding virtual agenda, Stewart agrees that a person of the qualities the conference is most liked for is how it effectively “facilitates the informal advertisement hoc meeting”.

“That’s the thing we battled with, with the only online occasions. The random encounters couldn’t truly take place.”

Nevertheless, Stewart acknowledges the value of the conference being ever-evolving in its material and structure.

“The items we are still handling are climate, which is shown in the awards we made, dispute such as in Ukraine however likewise the after-effects of dispute in Afghanistan and also addition. These are the huge things that we are all still attempting to grapple with but then there are other things such as the decolonisation of the curriculum. I think that is another big thing that we are probably going to be focusing on more as we move on.”

“What you’ll most likely see is more hybrid, more virtual, and combined techniques to what we do which is training and knowledge exchange,” states Stewart.

Stewart appears delighted to be returning to her role of director of internationalisation for University of Strathclyde’s liberal arts and social sciences department, from which she has actually been seconded while carrying out her EAIE responsibilities. She informs The PIE that there is a great deal of work to be done.

“The main point there is attempting to understand what trainees are going to need in a post-pandemic world and opening student mobility once again. Responding to [the] Turing [scheme] is something we are going to need to look at. I believe a great deal of the academics are rather concerned about how we continue to engage with European partners when we don’t have any funding in place.”

Stewart aspires to hear more news from the Scottish federal government on what she colloquially calls “the Scottish plan”– the country’s brand-new education exchange program of which the information are still to be laid out– and states that she has actually written to the government in a bid to learn more information on when the sector can expect an announcement.

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