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Another Triple Success of the TH AB Institute for Intercultural Communication

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Institute members represented with three papers in three sections of the virtual APAIE Conference 2022

After the hattrick of the Institute for Intercultural Communication (IIC) at the virtual SIETAR Japan Annual Conference 2021, the Institute was again able to place three contributions at an international virtual conference, i.e. the APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) Annual Conference in March 2022, originally planned on-site in Vancouver, Canada, which had to switch to a digital format at short notice due to the pandemic. The theme of the 2022 APAIE was "Brave New Realities for Higher Education in the Asia Pacific".

Session in the sub-theme "Recovery, Transformation and International Higher Education"

Professor Link, together with two colleagues from the Japanese Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and the Taiwanese National Taipei University of Business, summarised their experiences with organising and hosting "Global Virtual Higher Education Events as Sustainable Alternatives to In-Person Events" using the example of TH AB’s International Language Days including Intercultural Communication 2020 and the SIETAR Japan Annual Conferences 2020 & 2021 in a moderated conference session. A pilot study on this topic was recently conducted at the IIC; its results will be published in summer 2022.

Presentation by PhD student Birgit Kraus together with her TH AB doctoral supervisor

Birgit Kraus, associate institute member and cooperative doctoral student at the IIC, was also represented at APAIE. With her supervisor in the sub-theme "Interculturalism: Engagement of Diaspora, Indigenous and Newcomer Communities in International Education" from Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences, Professor Link, she gave an overview of "Learning Outcomes in Various Study Abroad Contexts", including the learning outcomes of the 1st Blended Intensive Programme at TH AB.

Presentation on the sub-theme "Multilaterism – Regionalism – and Other Next-Generation Collaborations"

The professors Dr. Alexandra Angress and Dr. Renate Link spoke about "Facilitating Next-Generation Collaborations through COIL across Asia" and outlined the implementation possibilities of COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in the Asian region.

Positive conclusion despite disappointment about the cancellation of the in-person conference

Although everyone involved would have preferred presenting on-site in Canada, IIC Director Professor Renate Link is pleased that her institute was able to follow up so quickly on the hattrick of the SIETAR Annual Japan Conference 2021 with a triple success at APAIE 2022.
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