THO Representative Attends NAFSA International Education Conference

10,000 stakeholders display commitment to building strong and innovative partnerships.

From May 28 to June 2, THO Program Coordinator Audrey Williams was in Los Angeles for NAFSA’s annual conference on international education. Williams met with representatives from several Turkish and American universities, including Marmara University, Istanbul Aydin University, the University of Iowa, and Binghamton University (part of the SUNY system). 

Williams attended various panel events, including discussions on Syrian refugees in higher education, developments in the Turkish higher education system, and the mechanics and benefits of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses. She also attended a pre-conference seminar on peace and global civil society focused on “The Power of Women to Effect Social Change.”

Every year, NAFSA brings together 10,000 education stakeholders for its annual conference. The weeklong event offers engaging panel discussions, an Expo Hall of over 300 exhibitors, workshops and seminars focused on building skills and competencies, and incomparable opportunities for practitioners from across the world to engage with each other and build strong partnerships.

The 2017 conference theme, “Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections,” focused on bringing stakeholders together to strengthen international partnerships and re-affirm the importance of internationalization and academic mobility.

THO is currently working to build partnerships and programming around the importance of study abroad and academic exchange between the U.S. and Turkey. THO recently released its first Education Brief, titled “Strengthening Academic Exchanges between the U.S. and Turkey.” THO also held a roundtable discussion on May 15 addressing “Prospects for U.S.-Turkey Academic Exchanges and Cooperation.”