EAIR Forum 2011 – A Photographic Review

September 16, 2011 -

In late August 2011, Linda Cox Maguire and Tara Scholder presented at the 33rd Annual EAIR Forum (www.eair.nl) in Warsaw, Poland.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Bridging cultures, promoting diversity: higher education in search of an equilibrium.”  Many sessions focused on new trends and challenges faced by institutions in an increasingly competitive and global higher education market, and Linda and Tara’s session, titled “Does Your University Want to Enroll American Students?”, offered insights and strategies to attract more American students for study abroad experiences.

One of the highlights of the EAIR Forum is an introduction to local culture that is woven into the conference program.  On the first day of the conference, Tara and Linda enjoyed watching and participating in Polish folk dances during the evening social dinner at the Club Park at 196 Al. Niepodleglosci Street in Warsaw.

The venue for the 2011 EAIR Forum was Warsaw School of Economics, which is the oldest university of economics and management in Poland.  Pictured are Dr. Juergen Deeg of Fernuniversitat in Hagen, Germany and Linda Cox Maguire.

Tara and Linda enjoyed the revue show, dinner and company with colleagues and new friends at the Banquet social dinner on Tuesday (9/29) night at the Sabat Theatre on Foksal street in Warsaw (http://www.teatr-sabat.pl).

Warsaw has a fascinating and tragic history. Frederick Chopin, for example was born in a village near Warsaw in 1810 and studied at the Warsaw Conservatory. Pictured is the Statue of Chopin in Warsaw’s Royal Lazienki Gardens, sculpted by Waclaw Szymanowski.

The Old Town in Warsaw is the oldest historic district in Warsaw.  It was utterly destroyed, along with much of the rest of Warsaw, in the closing phases of the Second World War.  After the war, however, a reconstruction campaign resulted in today’s meticulous restoration of the Old Town. In recognition of these efforts, Warsaw’s Old Town has been placed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.  The following pictures are from Old Town:

An example of the continued rebirth of Warsaw is the new National Stadium under construction in Warsaw, which is due to be a venue for matches at the UEFA Euro 2012 (European Football Championship).

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