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Registration now open: What’s New in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes

Secure your spot today! Visit our external platform to explore the programme, speakers, and register! In 2022 the European higher education sector is expected to continue building and innovating in the frameworks of new and existing cooperation. While the highly anticipated European Strategy for Universities will set the general framework for the sector in the upcoming years, the well-established activities within Erasmus+ and other programmes are developing new practical and thematic forms of cooperation seeking to create more sustainable, inclusive and digitalised learning experiences.  The main goal of What’s New in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes is to facilitate such institutional processes and to offer a birds-eye overview of the key innovations and opportunities in the new generation of EU higher education & research programmes and policies. The discussion will feature concrete approaches higher education institutions and national agencies can employ to put the new European directions into practice. The event will also provide an opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with leading experts and policy makers.  The upcoming edition will focus on latest developments in European higher education with special attention on the upcoming European Strategy for Universities, and expectations for the European Universities Initiative. Each thematic discussion includes perspectives from policy leaders, researchers and institutional leaders. After extrapolating recent developments around the European Universities Initiative, the programme continues with an in-depth overview of the open calls in the Erasmus+ programme in each Key Action and European and international dimension. To bring in the stakeholder voices, the programme also features two stakeholder panels on inclusion and micro-credentials and the European Degree and European Statute.  We look forward to e-seeing you there! Register today! Follow our campaign on Twitter for the latest updates: #ACAWhatsNew_2022  ...

ACA Think Pieces

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

At the start of this year, 2021, ACA prioritised learning more about and supporting inclusion in international higher education in the context of Europe. We decided to publish our insights along the way with the help of experts in the area of inclusion through a new ACA Think Piece series, Inclusion in International Higher Education: European Perspectives & Insights.    This month Nick Gozik, Dean of global education and assistant professor with the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center at Elon University, guides us in contextualising diversity and inclusion through understanding the importance of related systems, and how diversity must also align with equitable opportunities for all.  The December Think Piece, A House Where All Belong: Re-envisioning Education Abroad through a Systemic Approach, offers observations from mobility approaches in the U.S. context, and Gozik illustrates key concepts that can be applied in a host of institutional settings. After underlining how complicated it is to define diversity across and within nations, Gozik highlights that it is essential to consider the historical context of a diversity and inclusion policy, with special attention given to the systems in place; change must come by re-evaluating existing systems. To this end he suggests imagining the design of mobility programmes from the perspective of various types of students, and constructing plans per stage of intervention. Gozik's holistic, systems-minded approach can serve as inspiration and a starting point for nearly any institutional context. He concludes the piece by advocating administrators and educators to critically examine and contextualise existing diversity and inclusion processes, policies and structures before moving forward in related areas. Read the full article. #ACAThinks...

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