2nd Seminar on Internationalization of Higher Education

Welcome Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2nd Seminar on Internationalization of Higher Education (IHES2), which will be held on 14-15 December 2018 in the beautiful “Kish Island”, Iran. Bringing together experts from around the globe, I believe this seminar guarantees an excellent opportunity to develop policy, research and related services in support of institutional efforts in internationalization and forges international relationships and collaborations between universities, research institutes and companies.

As with the previous IHE seminar, with several eminent invited speakers and professionals, this seminar is to offer new insights into the internationalization of higher education and inspire new strategies, initiatives and projects in this field. I hope IHES2 will prove to be an inspiring and truly productive experience for you and hope you enjoy and benefit from your time with us. Wish you all a very pleasant and enjoyable stay in Kish Island.


Arash Simchi

IHES2 Conference Chair




IHES History

The first seminar on Internationalization of Higher Education (IHES1), with a major theme of Mobility Programs, was successfully held on April 29-30, 2017 in Tehran University of Medical Sciences with the presence of delegates, academicians and professional administrators from different universities worldwide such as Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.



Tentative agenda

IHES2 will present keynotes and discussion panels on the following topics:

Dual/Joint Degree Programs and Internationalization of Higher Education

Cross-Border Industrial Relations and Their Impact on Internationalization of Higher Education

Student Recruitment

Ranking and Accreditation

Increasing International Visibility

Student and Academic Staff Mobility

The Role of NGOs in Internationalization of Higher Education

Joint Research and Intellectual Property

Science Diplomacy and Internationalization of Higher Education

Economics and Management of Higher Education


Invited Speakers

IHES2 is to host around 22 honorable speakers from different countries worldwide including Australia, Sweden, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United States, Canada, Italy, Armenia, Qatar, Turkey, Paris, Singapore and Iran.


Organizing Committee

The international affairs office of Sharif University of Technology is honored to organize this seminar and host the participants in the beautiful Kish Island. The local organizing committee are listed below:

Arash Simchi, Dean of International Affairs, Sharif University of Technology

Ali Selk Ghaffari, Dean of International Campus, Sharif University of Technology


Registration Guide

Please read these guidelines carefully and check the visa requirements before registering. Information about fees can be found in the registration fees tab.

Visa Requirement
Since Kish Island is a Free Trade Zone, international attendees are not required to obtain visa prior to their travel. However, if attendees wish to come to Tehran (IKA international airport) as their first destination and then take a domestic flight to Kish Island, they should apply for visa. For such cases, an online request form can be filled from here. Sharif International Affairs office will assist in the visa application process.

Conference registration fee includes:
- Conference bag, name badge
- Access to all conference sessions and exhibition hall
- Lunch and refreshments
- One ticket to the Gala Dinner
- One ticket for the Island tour

IHES2 is not responsible for problems beyond our control such as weather conditions, campus conditions, travel difficulties, visa problems, health issues, etc. No refunds will be given in these situations.


Registration Fee

Registration fee per person:
- 5,000,000 IRR for domestic attendees
- 300 EUR for international attendees


Online Registration

Please use the link below to fill the online registration form. Attendees may apply for accommodation and flight reservations, after completing online registration.

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Hotel accommodation can be reserved in Kish Island through the intermediary of IHES2 who have secured preferred rates for participants. All hotel accommodation rates quoted on the hotel booking form are in IRR (Iranian Rials) and are per room and per night, breakfast and lunch included. The hotel reservation must be processed and completed by the attendees themselves. Information regarding the payment method can be obtained directly from the hotel.

The contact information of Shayan Hotel is given below which is within 3 minutes walking distance to the Kish International Convention Center. Alternate accommodation is available to participants to the many other hotels in Kish Island, but without secured rates by IHES2.

Shayan Kish Hotel

Sahel Square, Sahel Boulevard, Kish Island, Iran
Tel: +98 76 4442 2771


Flight Booking

IHES2 has arranged flights to and from Kish Island by three airlines: Meraj Air, Kish Airline and Mahan air. The estimated fee for air flights upon secured preferred rates for conference attendees is 5,000,000 IRR.


Seminar Venue

Kish International Campus, Sharif University of Technology, Amir Kabir Square, Kish Island, Iran.

Kish International Convention Center, Sahel Boulevard, Kish Island, Iran.



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Contact us


International Affairs Office, Sharif University of Technology, Azadi Ave., Tehran, Iran

Tel: +98 21 6616 4780 EXT.4
Fax: +98 21 6602 2724
Email: ihes2@sharif.edu

Join Us

Please join us for the 2nd Seminar on Internationalization of Higher Education for senior international higher education leaders from around the world in the beautiful Kish Island, Hormozgan Province, Iran, organized by the International Affairs Office of Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. We are planning a provocative, relevant and rewarding international conference and we look forward to your participation.