Save the Date: Knowledge Crossing Borders Conference, May 30-June 1, 2012 (West Chester University)

West Chester University, along with Universidad Nacional at Heredia, Costa Rica, is organizing an international conference on higher education to be held May 30-June 1, 2012 at West Chester University campus. The official CIESUP/Knowledge Crossing Borders conference website can be accessed here.

Pre-Conference learning institutes: May 29, 2012
Conference: May 30 – June 1, 2012
Cultural Exchanges/Programs: June 2 – June 3, 2012

Updated:Proposals are due by November 1, 2011. The call for proposals is posted below.


In an increasingly global and technological world, geographic and intellectual borders are being blurred, reconstructed, and reinstituted. The resulting paradigm shift is creating opportunities and challenges for nations and for institutions of higher learning. Political, economic, and socio-cultural issues surrounding the production, dissemination, access, ownership, and consumption of knowledge are receiving ever-increasing scrutiny across all academic disciplines.

The International Higher Education Congress sponsors seek to build a sustainable future through transformative global partnerships in higher education. The conference theme—Knowledge Crossing Borders: Building a Global Future through Research and Innovative Practices—is both broad and timely and includes the research, pedagogical, outreach, and administrative functions of institutions of higher education. The conference will examine how knowledge transactions across regional and international borders create both difficult challenges and transformative opportunities for cooperation, change, creativity, and innovation.

Conference participants will actively explore and develop common interests and intersecting scholarly work linking two or more of the participating countries and institutions.

We are seeking conference workshop papers that focus on border-crossing perspectives in broad contexts. Topics may include, but are not exclusive to, the following tracks of inquiry:

  • Technology and Science
  • Sustainability
  • Best Practices in Higher Education
  • Globalization and Transnationalization in Higher Education
  • Funding Models for Higher Education

More detailed descriptions of the tracks are found here.

Proposals may be submitted for the following structures:

  • Individual presentations not to exceed 20 minutes
  • Entire concurrent sessions or workshops that may be structured with up to three presentations for a total of 60 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes of audience response
  • Poster sessions which will include at least 60 minutes of presenter’s scheduled presence, for dialogue with conferees concerning the project portrayed
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