English-medium instruction in Europe
Brussels, 4 December 2014
Irina Ferencz (neé Lungu), joined ACA in 2008 as a trainee, to then take the position of ACA Policy Officer in spring 2009. Since her start at ACA, she has been mainly involved in projects and activities related to the use of indicators for measuring internationalisation at university level and has authored several publications and articles on international student mobility, on both statistical and policy trends. Over time, Irina has also been in charge of the development of several ACA European Policy Seminars, and constantly represents the association externally, at various international conferences, advisory bodies and other events.
Bernd Wächter is the Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a consortium of European and global agencies which support international cooperation in higher education. ACA is a think-tank which promotes innovation and internationalisation in higher education. Bernd was born in Giessen (Germany) and studied at the universities of Hull (UK), Giessen and Marburg (Germany). He lives in Brussels (Belgium) and is married to Thora Magnusdottir, a delightful lady from Iceland.
Bernd’s career has been focused on international higher education. In his first post, at the University of Kassel (Germany), he devised international degree programmes in cooperation with universities abroad. He later joined the British Council, before becoming the Director of the international office of the Fachhochschule Darmstadt. Moving on to Germany’s internationalisation agency DAAD, he became the head of this organisation’s European section. He subsequently became Director of Higher Education in the Brussels Socrates Office, with overall responsibility for the Erasmus Programme in Europe. In 1998, he took up his present post as the director of ACA. Bernd has published widely on international matters in higher education, and he is a frequent speaker at European and international education conferences. He is the editor of the ACA Papers on International Cooperation in Higher Education and also works, as an expert advisor, for many international organisations.
Karen M. Lauridsen
With a background in languages (English and German) and the experience of 4 years as dean and 8 years as vice-rector with special responsibility for international affairs at the then Aarhus School of Business, KML now works at Aarhus University, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CUL) . She focuses on issues related to teaching and learning through the medium of English in the multilingual and multicultural learning space and to language policy in both her research and in-service training and professional development programmes.
KML is the coordinator of the Erasmus Academic Network IntlUni – The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space in the International University (2012-15) – www.intluni.eu.
Aarhus University was instrumental in establishing the European Language Council, and KML has served on the Board of the ELC since the association was launched in 1997.
For more information, please see here: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/karen-m-lauridsen(caed04ff-ffe9-472d-9420-db88142f144b).html
Dr. Janina Cünnen is Director of the Language Teaching Center at Freiburg University, Germany. Besides her doctoral degree she holds Diplomas from NUI, Galway/IRL, Rennes II/F and Jesus College, Oxford/GB. She studied German, English and Celtic Philology and has extensive experience in language teaching and testing. Moreover, she has gained expert knowledge in intercultural communication through both research and teaching various types of intercultural courses at Freiburg University, FHNW Basel/CH, UHA-Mulhouse/F, and St. Clara University, California. She has given lectures and presentations in numerous countries in Europe as well as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.
J.C. is member of the advisory board for quality assurance of the Center for Key Qualifications at Freiburg University. As a member of the European Language Council she has contributed to two EU-Projects. Currently she is collaborating in the IntlUni-Project and is responsible for a five year project (English Medium Instruction) at her home university. Her specialized fields of interest include language policy, multilingualism, linguistic diversity and minority languages.
Marjorie Castermans is currently teaching across various faculties at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and in particular at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She is also a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) adviser and provides support to students and teachers involved in foreign-language instruction at the ULB. She has specialized in the use of new technologies for the language classroom, and has a keen interest in communicative grammar. In this context, she has devised an online and interactive self-study course using podcasts and short video excerpts. Born in Brussels, she holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from the ULB, as well as a diploma in teacher training & pedagogy. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
Jessica has over 15 years of experience in (international) higher education. She was an early adopter in the development, implementation and use of social media in higher education. She coordinates the marketing & recruitment activities (domestic and international) of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and is specialized in online and social media marketing. In addition to her work for the University, she also provides online marketing and social media consultancy services specifically for higher education institutions, organizations related to higher education, and other non-profit organizations. In recent years, she has delivered many presentations and workshops (amongst others: EAIE, NAFSA, AIEA, ICEF, DAAD) on these topics.
Ulrich Ammon has been professor of sociolinguistics at the University Duisburg-Essen and president of GAL (Gesellschaft für Angewandte Linguistik), the German branch of AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics). He has published 15 monographs and co-edited, inter alia, the yearbook Sociolinguistica (1987 ff.), Sociolinguistics: An International Handbook (3 vols., 2nd ed. 2004-6) and Wieser Encyclopaedia Western European Languages (2 vols., 2008). Email: ulrich.ammon(at)uni-due.de.