Higher Education will be publishing a special issue on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they relate to higher education later this year. One of the first articles from the issue is “University teaching and citizenship education as sustainable development in Ghana and Nigeria: insight from international scholarship program alumni” by Professor Anne Campbell and two alumnae from the dual degree program of Masters of Public Administration and International Education Management, Erin Kelly-Weber MAIEM/MPA ‘19 and Chelsea Lavallee MAIEM/MPA ‘18.
“One of the findings of this research that is most exciting to me is that our interviewees see university teaching as a way to contribute to sustainable development in their home countries,” shares Campbell. “I think this is especially fascinating as I was able to carry out this research with two alumni who started as students of mine. Chelsea and Erin have now become full-fledged research partners and collaborators. Working on this research with them has been really rewarding, as they ask excellent questions that challenge assumptions and push our understanding further.”
The special issue is edited by faculty at University College London (UCL) and Oxford University, which gave Lavallee and Kelly-Weber the opportunity to expand their international network. “It was a true pleasure and a fantastic academic and professional opportunity to work with Dr. Anne Campbell and Chelsea Lavallee on this research. I learned so much about the research and publishing processes through our work and from my colleagues. This experience showed me the value of maintaining professional partnerships with faculty and alumni after graduation, and I look forward to future collaborations within the MIIS network” said Kelly-Weber.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Campbell and Erin.” adds Lavallee.”The research project began as a study of international higher education scholarship program alumni in Ghana and Nigeria and their impact on sustainable development and social change in their home countries. I gained invaluable experience conducting research, and I had the opportunity to present our findings with Dr. Campbell at the Comparative International Education Society academic conference in 2017. Now our project has blossomed into partnerships with multiple MIIS students, alumni and other academic institutions. Dr. Campbell’s mentorship and friendship has had a lasting impact and has shaped the way I view the world of international education and development.”
You may access their work here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-019-00484-3
The full Higher Education special issue is expected to be released at the end of 2020.
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The Middlebury Institute’s International Education Management degree program was well represented at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region 12 Conference in Pasadena, CA in November 2019.