U Vaasa: Manager of International Development (Finland)


Manager of International Development, University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland. Deadline: 7 September 2022.

As the International Development Manager you will work to achieve substantial growth in overseas recruitment and enhance institutional global partnerships and networks in the designated market (India and South Asia). Working closely with the Vice Rector and reporting to the Director of International Development, you lead the implementation of the University’s international student recruitment strategy as a part of the wider University strategic plan and in support of the University Schools’ objectives. In consultation with senior management and other internal stakeholders, you will set recruitment priorities and deliver appropriate international development for the dedicated market.

To be successful in this role, you will have a background in and experience of international student recruitment, and ideally excellent knowledge of India/South Asia and another major recruitment market. You have excellent collaborative skills and substantial experience of developing strong working relationships in an international setting.

In this role you should be prepared to undertake overseas visits which amount up to twelve weeks each year. The focus of this role will be India and South Asia. You may be expected to engage in other recruitment markets in line with the University’s development plans.


U East Anglia Postgraduate Scholarships: International Development (UK)

Graduate StudyPostgraduate Scholarships in International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Deadline: 1 June 2019.

Scholarship awards are available to students studying in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia for entry in September 2019. Programs include: MA Conflict, Governance and International Development, and MA Media and International Development, among others.

These can cover part or full tuition fees (UK/EU/International rates) and help support living costs and travel expenses. Application deadline dates to apply for a scholarship can vary. Candidates are advised to check the School of International Development’s website for individual deadlines.

CFP Public Diplomacy & Development Comm

CFP Conference on Public Diplomacy & Development Communication: Intersections, Overlaps and Challenges

Public diplomacy and international development are usually considered separate fields, both for scholars and practitioners. However, for decades public and cultural diplomacy actors have received funding for activities such as scholarships, exchanges, information work and training out of official development assistance (ODA) budgets. Similarly, development organizations conduct their own international advocacy work and use culture, exchanges, training and other forms of public outreach to achieve their goals. The activities of non-traditional aid donors such as NGOs, foundations, as well as the emerging economies and South-South partnerships offer additional perspectives upon the issue.

The aim of this one-day conference is to bring interested scholars from different research disciplines together in order to explore the common ground between activities that blur the categories of PD, soft power, nation brands, international development and development communication. Each of these concepts uses communication techniques to influence foreign citizens. How can we best draw upon the insights from each field? How should we conceptualize activities that hold a dual purpose of promoting social development in fragile or developing regions while simultaneously promoting a donor country’s values, norms and foreign policies? Has the relationship between these activities intensified or changed since the decline of conditional aid?

We are particularly interested in receiving abstracts that explore theoretical approaches to these issues, and/or empirical examples that elucidate current or historical practices. Themes may include:
– Case studies of public diplomacy and/or official development actors at national, supranational and subnational levels;
– Comparisons of actors based in different regions, such as OECD DAC members, emerging economies, the Middle East;
– Comparisons with non-traditional actors such as NGOs, civil society representatives, foundations, corporations, and South-South Co-operation;
– Synergies, conflicts of interest, interplays or contradictions between PD and aid activities;
– Perspectives from recipient/partner countries, including critiques, challenges, resistance, alternatives and success stories;
– Explorations of the roles of values, norms and brands;
– Explorations of communication techniques, such as use of social media, culture, the arts, education, etc
– Comparative conceptualizations of two or more related terms, e.g. public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, soft power, nation brands, international development, participatory communication, development communication;
– The “ODAfication” of diplomacy, public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy, contra the role of politics and advocacy in aid.

Applications are welcome from scholars and practitioners with an interest in developing knowledge of the intersection between these fields. Deadline for abstracts of 500-1,000 words: 31 October. Notification of acceptance: 14 November. The conference will be held on 27 February 2015 at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California. The best presentations will be invited to contribute to an edited collection, which will represent the first major publication on this topic. The conference is organized by Professor Karin Wilkins (University of Texas at Austin), Dr James Pamment (University of Texas at Austin & Karlstad University), and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Please send abstracts and any queries by email to James Pamment..

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