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Professional Development

The success of the SAF model of student mobility through a multilateral network of universities requires considerable contributions and engagement of member institutions.  To support and develop the SAF membership, SAF sponsors a variety of Professional Development Programs (PDPs) each year that are designed to engage members with the SAF mission, develop expertise in the field of study abroad and provide advice and guidance to the Foundation as we move forward with program development and program review.
Host University Visit Programs:  SAF is committed to ensuring that international educators from our member universities in Asia have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the host universities their students attend.  For the past four years SAF has sponsored visits to host member universities prior to the NAFSA National Conference in the US/Canada and the EAIE Annual Conference in Europe.  A partial list of host member universities visited to date include:  University of Minnesota, American University, University of Washington, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University, Queen Mary University, University of Bristol, University College Dublin, University of Limerick. 

In May 2011, the SAF Host University Visit PDP will include visits to University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara and San Francisco State University.

SAF host university visit programs are financed through cost-sharing with the SAF covering the majority of in-country costs, host member universities sponsoring the university visit portion of the program and member universities in Asia covering international airfare costs.  Most participants choose to attend NAFSA or EAIE following the SAF host university visit program.

SAF International Advisory Council (IAC):  It is through the SAF IAC country chapters that SAF shares information about the direction of the organization and receives feedback from member universities on program and network development.  In Korea the IAC is well-established and meets annually.  In other countries IAC country chapters are being developed.

SAF Annual Reception at NAFSA: 
The SAF annual reception at NAFSA provides an opportunity for SAF member university representatives to gather and develop professional relationships that contribute to the internationalization activities of SAF and member institutions.

Professional Training Opportunities:  In response to requests from SAF member universities for advanced professional development activities, SAF is working on a three-week summer training program likely at UCLA on the structure and management of US universities.  This program will be useful for mid-career university officials working in academic or international affairs; a high level of English proficiency is necessary.

Last Updated: 6/8/16