Summer schools are unique vehicles for internationalization, and more generally, for higher education innovation. In many universities summer schools have become a laboratory for curriculum development, as well as a training and testing ground for international student services and international marketing and branding. Being driven by student demand, a successful summer school is often a precursor for effective university-wide internationalization. And summer schools have also found their place in institutional diplomacy, with student and faculty exchanges during the summer providing a stepping stone for long-term and meaningful institutional collaboration.
The QS Summer School Summit (QS-SSS) has an interactive format that encourages open discussions, knowledge sharing and gives you an opportunity to promote your summer school program. Unique features include:
The Elevator Pitch – a 90 second slot where you can orally present your summer program to the audience. Part competition, part performance, part infomercial, the elevator pitch is an energy-boost for the Summit and a great opportunity to
boost your inter-personal marketing skills.
Round Robin Chat Groups – an opportunity to take part in small-scale discussions on a range of highly-relevant Summer School-related topics. Participants rotate between topics moderated by Summer School experts, sharing ideas and meeting new people.
Summer School Clinic – are you facing certain problems with your Summer School? Why not share them and get a group of experts to help you find solutions to them? Ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask so you get the medicine to cure Summer School maladies, even if it’s just the comfort of knowing that you’re not the only one facing these challenges.
Mini Student Fairs – If you travel thousands of kilometers to attend the Summit, why not take an opportunity to meet local students? Aside from promoting your program, do some market research and find out what can attract top students to your programs.