ACA Annual Conference 2015: Internationalisation: from strategy to implementation

Brussels, 14-16 June 2015


Pre-conference day: Sunday 14 June

14.00 - 17.00     Registrations (Hotel Motel One)
17.00 - 18.15     Discovering Brussels (Starts @ Hotel Motel One)
18.30                Welcome Reception (BELvue Museum)

1st conference day: Monday 15 June - Overall theme: Internationalisation Strategies

08.30     Registrations

09.00     Welcome
             Sijbolt Noorda, President, ACA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

09.15     Opening keynote
             Town-gown relationships in a Globalised World
             Eric Corijn, Professor in Urban Studies, Department of Geography, VUB (Brussels, Belgium)

09.45     50 Years of Internationalisation - Main trends and pointers to the future
Hans de Wit, Director Designate, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College                      (Boston, USA)

10.30     Coffee Break

11.00     Panel: Internationalisation strategies
Jean-Pierre de Greve, former Deputy-Rector International Relations, VUB (Brussels,                        Belgium)
Strategies across the Globe
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General, IAU (Paris, France)
Internationalisation Strategies in The Netherlands
Adinda van Gaalen, Senior Policy Officer, EP-Nuffic (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Internationalisation Strategies in Norway
Dag Stenvoll, Senior Adviser, SIU (Bergen, Norway)

12.30     Over 10 years of mainstreaming internationalisation: some lessons learned
              Markus Laitinen, Head International Affairs, University of Helsinki
              (Helsinki, Finland)

13.00     Lunch

14.00     Parallel sessions: Sharing experiences
          Round 1 (14.00 - 15.10)









1. Developing internal buy-in
Moderator: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)
Stephan Fuchs, Head of Project HRK Audit, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (Bonn, Germany)

2. Funding the internationalisation strategy
Moderator: Irina Ferencz, Policy Officer, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)
we Brandenburg, Managing Partner, CHE Consult (Berlin, Germany)

3. Building a brand name
Moderator: Queenie K.H. Lam-Schöch, Project Manager, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)
Megan Brenn-White, Managing Director, Brenn-White Group (New York, USA)

     Coffee break

Round 2 (15.40 - 16.50)

1. Developing internal buy-in
Moderator: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)
Stephan Keuck, Project Manager HRK Audit, Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (Bonn, Germany)

2. Funding the internationalisation strategy
Moderator: Irina Ferencz, Policy Officer, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)
Uwe Brandenburg, Managing Partner, CHE Consult (Berlin, Germany)

3. Building a brand name
Marija Mitic, Project Officer, ACA (Brussels, Belgium) 
Megan Brenn-White, Managing Director, Brenn-White Group (New York, USA)


Round table: are strategies 'a must' for succesful internationalisation?
Chair: Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)

Jeroen Huisman, professor of Higher Education at CHEGG, University of Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)
Sir Peter Scott, Professor of Higher Education Studies, University of London (London, UK)
Ligia Deca, Researcher, University of Luxembourg (Walferdange, Luxembourg)
Margaret Waters, HE Policy coordinator, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium)


End of first conference day


Conference dinner (Area 42)

2nd conference day: Tuesday 16 June 2015 - Overall theme: Challenges in Implementation


An American view on implementation challenges
Laura Rumbley, Associate Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College (Boston, USA)


Integrating 'the internationals' - the unreachable goal?

1. Avoiding 'ghettoisation' by (foreign) nationality
Shivleta Tagirova, Director of International Relations, Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia)
2. Internationalisation@Home: International Campus Programme
Hans-Georg van Liempd, Managing Director, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University (Tilburg, The Netherlands)


Coffee break


Teaching in foreign languages

1. Going English at Master level
Giancarlo Spinelli, Rector's Delegate for International Networks, Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy)
2. Certifying the quality of EMI
Janina Cünnen, Head of Language Centre, Universität Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany)




Incentivising short-term mobility of students

1. Promoting mobility via mobility windows
Thijs Verbeurgt and Gijs Coucke, International Relations Office, Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)
2. Motivating students to be mobile 
Carla Locatelli, Vice-Rector, University of Trento (Trento, Italy)


Staff mobility

1. Supporting staff mobility
Dorothy Kelly, Vice-Rector for International Relations and Development Cooperation, Universidad de Granada (Granada, Spain)
2. The integration of international activities into the staff performance assessment system
Asta Radzeviciene, Vice-rector for international relations, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilnius, Lithuania)


Coffee break


International student recruitment - DOs and DON'Ts

1. Marketing for international students
Jeanine Gregersen Hermans, Director for Student Recruitment, University of Hull (Hull, UK)
2. Agents and how to use them properly
Robert Coelen, Professor of Internationalisation of Higher Education Stenden University of Applied Sciences (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands)


What we learnt from this conference
Ulrich Teichler, Professor at INCHER, University of Kassel (Kassel, Germany)


End of the conference