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At Home at IHE: 2013 International Scholars

Elisabeth Hughes

During 2012-13 the IHE welcomed international scholars from China, Finland, the U.K., and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Institute is about to say goodbye to Dr. Lijing Yang, who has spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher focusing on higher education policy and economics and international comparative education. Lijing, whose expertise has been such an asset to many of us, described her teaching and research training at the Institute as giving her the confidence and experience she needed to land a faculty position at Ohio University. Dr. Zhaohui Yin, an associate professor in the School of Education at Wuhan University, who has been comparing undergraduates’ entrepreneurial activities and university/industry relations at research universities in China and the U.S., is returning home in September. Also leaving is Hanying Li, a doctoral student at Beijing Normal University’s Institute of International and Comparative Education, who has been researching faculty promotion and the tenure process at UGA. Replacing Li is another doctoral student from the same Institute, Xiaolin Liu, who studies evaluation and assessment and who was assigned to assist the executive Ed.D. program’s study abroad in Beijing and Shanghai in June 2013.

In the fall the Institute will host two additional scholars from China: Dr. Hewen Wu, an associate professor in Shaanxi Normal University’s school of education, where he researches the role of universities in economic and social development in the western region of China and e-learning management and assessment, and Dr. Zhiqiang Yue, an assistant professor at Jiangxi Agricultural University, who majored in international economy and trade and who studies the economics and appointed an Institute Fellow.

Dr. Ilkka Kauppinen from Finland’s Jyvaskyla University is completing his fourth stay at the IHE, and has recently been appointed an Institute Fellow. Dr. Kauppinen, a researcher and lecturer in the department of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s Sociology unit, has worked with Dr. Sheila Slaughter and edited a book with Dr. Brendan Cantwell-a former postdoc at the Institute and now a faculty member at Michigan State University-titled Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dr. Stevie Upton joins the Institute of Higher Education as a postdoctoral researcher from the UK, where most recently she has been part of a research team at Cardiff University on a European Commission-funded project investigating teaching-based university-business cooperation. Prior to this she was employed by one of the seven national higher education research funding councils, the AHRC, where she developed the Council’s new guidance for academics seeking to engage with public policy. Her research interests include the policy and practice of university knowledge exchange and the role of universities in regional social and economic development. At present she is working on methods for assessing the scope and effectiveness of teaching-and research-based knowledge exchange, and investigating the potential for universities to drive collaboration at the city-regional scale.

Dr. Eduardo Ali from the University of the West Indies visited the Institute in June to discuss possible collaborations. Dr. Ali is the program manager of Institutional Effectiveness at the university’s St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago.

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