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ACA Strategic Summit 2021 – Strategic perspectives on  international higher education post COVID-19

In a rapidly changing higher education context, organisational leaders need to continuously enhance their capacity to foster organisational performance and deliver sustainable change and value. High-level peer exchange is a compelling way not only to support top leaders in these tasks, but also to foster coordination and synergies at different levels.   The leadership of ACA members and like organisations often face similar challenges, while supporting the cause of international higher education, as they have to stay abreast of evolving regulatory frameworks and policy priorities at different levels and engage with multiple stakeholders. The established network of ACA members provides a unique platform for a high-level strategic exchange of insights, experience and knowledge in support of ‘what works’ in institutional development and best practice in common priority areas.    In response to these considerations, in 2021 ACA is starting a new series of high-level, by invitation only events – the ACA Strategic Summits. The aim of these distinct gatherings is to connect the top leadership of the member organisations and selected guests on an annual basis, around key topics for international higher education. The theme of the 2021 ACA Strategic Summit is Strategic perspectives on international higher education post COVID-19.    The event is meant as a response to the unprecedented challenges and changes in international higher education we have been lately addressing, due to the protracted Covid-19 pandemic and rising nationalism, on the one hand, and to the growing importance of international strategic collaborations globally, on the other.   The programme focuses on the role of international higher education in the post-pandemic world in terms of its impact both on the evolution the higher education sector and on the recovery and resilience of society in general. The discussion will also focus on how ACA members and like organisations need to change themselves in order to support these wider processes of change. While taking stock of impact to date, the Summit exchanges will facilitate the joint crafting of some clear paths forward, exiting the emergency response stage, moving post pandemic, and reflecting the wider strategic implications and role of funding agencies in shaping the future of internationalisation in higher education.  Though the Summits are invitation-only events, we are happy to share major takeaways and discuss related opportunities. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the ACA Secretariat: secretariat@aca-secretariat.be. ...

ACA Think Pieces

ACA Think Pieces: Inclusion in International Higher Education: European Perspectives & Insights

Following 2020’s successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series on The World after COVID-19, exploring the consequences on the international higher education sector, ACA is launching a new series of reflections from thought leaders around Europe on the theme of inclusion in international higher education.  Towards the end of every month between now and December 2021, the expert authors of the 2021 ACA “Think Pieces” series will provide brief, candid insights on breaking institutional taboos, practical examples of how to design inclusive institutional internationalisation strategies, how to identify and track data of underrepresented demographic groups, and to implement inclusive communication techniques, among other enriching observations.  To assist colleagues in the international sector identify best practice resources to move towards nuanced solutions, ACA is delighted to spotlight leading voices of inclusion and internationalisation every month between now and the end of 2021. This first introductory piece looks at the past and the present of the international higher education sector through the lens of inclusion.  This month the authors, John Delap (Senior Policy and Project Officer, Inclusion) and Irina Ferencz (Director), both of ACA, set the stage for the series by examining useful lessons our sector can draw from the institutional history of higher education in Europe.  This is followed by a broad overview of the current European policy landscape regarding higher education inclusion, with a particular focus on internationalisation initiatives.   We look forward to learning alongside you from the expert contributors who will add their valuable and urgent perspectives on inclusion to this new “Think Piece” series! Read full article...

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