What's New in Brussels? Recent Developments in European Policies and Programmes

Brussels, 2 February 2017

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

18:00 Free guided tour "The Secrets of Brussels"

19:00 Seminar dinner


Thursday, 02 February 2017


Registrations and coffee


Welcome by the ACA Secretariat




Opening panel: Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation: what’s behind, what’s ahead of us?

Moderator: Bernd Wächter, ACA Director

Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot
, Acting Director, ‘Youth, Education and Sport’, DG Education and Culture, European Commission 

Mikko Nupponen, Head of Unit, Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)

Michael Gaebel, Director of the Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)


Three decades of Erasmus mobility and cooperation

Siegbert Wuttig, Independent HE consultant & former Director of the German National Agency for EU Higher Education cooperation

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton
, Deputy Head of Unit Higher Education, DG Education and Culture, European Commission


Coffee break


Parallel sessions (Round 1)

Session 1 – International mobility
Moderator: Bernd Wächter, ACA Director

ICM snapshot and future opportunities
Claire Morel, Head of Unit ‘International cooperation’, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Erasmus+ joint degrees
Ragnhild Solvi Berg, Senior Advisor, SIU - Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education

Session 2 – Partnerships
Moderator: Irina Ferencz, ACA Deputy Director

Strategic Partnerships: funds and opportunities – state of play in Austria
Ernst Gesslbauer, Head of the National Agency Erasmus+ Education, OeAD

Capacity Building partnerships – IMPALA: EU-South African cooperation
Piet Van Hove, Director of International Relations Office, University of Antwerp/Chairman of the Board at Flanders Knowledge Area




Parallel sessions (Round 2)

Session 3 - Support for policy reform
Moderator: Marija Mitić, ACA Project Officer

Expectations for the future (priorities, funds, types of projects and partnerships)
Fiorella Perotto, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Forward-looking cooperation projects: HousErasmus+
Jeremy Apert, HousErasmus+ Coordinator, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

Session 4 - Intra-EU mobility
ModeratorBernd Wächter, ACA Director

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Deputy Head of Unit Higher Education, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Szabolcs Bokodi, Head of Unit Higher Education, Tempus Public Foundation (TPF)


Study in Europe initiative – joint promotion of Europe as a study destination

Adrian Veale
, Policy Officer, International cooperation, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Marija Mitić, Project Officer, ACA 

Guido Schnieders, Head of Section International Higher Education Marketing, DAAD

Johanna Hellwig, Chief of Projects, European Projects Service, CampusFrance


Coffee break


20 years of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Alessandra Luchetti, Head of Department for "Excellent Science", Research Executive Agency, European Commission


Skills Agenda for Europe: plans and milestones in 2017

Sonia Peressini, Acting Head of Unit "Skills and qualifications", DG Employment, European Commission


Wrap up: dates, actions and prospects, an overview (ACA)