ACE Provides Rapid Response to the Suspension of In-person Global Education and Exchange Programs
June 05, 2020

As uncertainty about in-person learning and physical mobility at U.S. institutions of higher education persists through the next academic year, ACE is working in partnership with the global higher education community on providing innovative ways to keep global higher education connected and collaborative learning resilient.

Earlier last week, ACE launched, with support from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and in coordination with Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), a Rapid Response Virtual Exchange/COIL Transformation Lab, which will support up to 15 U.S.-Japan higher education institutional partners to adapt in-person education or academic exchange programs into quality-assured, high-impact virtual exchange/collaborative online international learning (VE/COIL) programs.

Modeled from ACE's longer-term U.S.-Japan COIL Initiative, participating institutions will assemble leadership and faculty teams on campus, align VE/COIL with immediate and long-term strategic goals, and develop online learning experiences that provide students with competencies and skills for navigating today and tomorrow's global challenges.

Working in partnership with the Institute for Innovative Global Education at Kansai University, ACE will provide:

  • A three-month engagement with ACE VE/COIL experts and a cohort of up to 15 higher education institutional partner teams (one U.S. institution and one Japanese institution)
  • High-quality professional training of faculty, senior leadership, and administration by internationally recognized ACE VE/COIL experts through a three-week online professional development course, plus access to up to five additional hours of institutional team mentoring
  • Dialogue and collaboration with international partner institutions and peer institutions through online ACE Engage® meetings, hosted by ACE and its cooperating partners

Institutions with an existing partnership in Japan are eligible to participate. Applications can be initiated by either the U.S. or Japanese partner institution. A limited number of U.S.-Japan institutional partners will be selected to receive this grant-funded training this summer. The Lab's online professional development training will take place July 13-31.

​Apply for the Rapid Response VE/COIL Transformation Lab: U.S.-Japan

Applications due June 19, 2020. Lab takes place July 13-31.

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