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With another year almost over, it is time for a brief overview of what is behind and what is ahead of ACA in 2016.
For the first time since the creation of ACA, the Annual Conference was held in Brussels, the city where the Secretariat is based. The event was organised in cooperation with our 2 Belgian members, Wallonia Brussels Campus and Flanders Knowledge Area, as well as with the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training. This year, we looked into internationalisation strategies and how to move from the ideas to practice.
ACA was also very actively involved in research, witnessed by the conducted surveys and finalised studies. These include the StudyPortals-led project 'EduCoach – Personalised Online Advising for Study in Europe Orientation’, finalised in the first half of 2015, ACA and DAAD’s joint study on ´University Quality Indicators: A Critical Assessment´ for the European Parliament, the 'Survey on Open Education in European Higher Education Institutions' done for the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) and the upcoming study on EU-China Researcher Mobility, a joint effort of ACA and China´s Science and Technology Talent Center (STTC).
ACA continues to be involved in the 'Mastermind Europe' project, coordinated by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) and realised as a Strategic Partnerships of the Erasmus+ programme. The big global project of promoting the attractiveness of European Higher Education in the world took off and ACA will be conducting a series of training seminars in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa in the months to come.