The Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN) Develops New Programs

International Officers, faculty, and staff at Methodist-related colleges, theological seminaries, and universities from five continents have continued to meet periodically to rethink the Methodist International Student Exchange Network (MISEN) in light of the IAMSCU “resetting” process and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. MISEN is one of the IAMSCU programs and it offers students the opportunity to spend some time at a sister institution which is a member of IAMSCU and has signed in to participate in this program. International and intercultural exchanges are always in high demand by students, but COVID-19 has made it impossible for students and faculty to travel internationally. Moreover, most academic activities at IAMSCU member institutions worldwide are being done remotely.  Therefore, International Officers of various institutions are developing remote programs and activities that can be offered virtually and be open to students from various countries, without the need for international mobility at this moment. MISEN now brings together nearly 30 staff representatives from more than 20 institutions in 15 countries and 5 continents. They continue to revise the MISEN Handbook, created a new program called Café Alive – a virtual event in which students share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic – and are also working on a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program involving MISEN members. To join MISEN or to receive more information, contact: iamscu@iamscu.org 

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