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On 6 May 2021, ACA hosted its first annual Strategic Summit, a high-level event bringing together over 40 leaders from 24 internationalisation funding agencies (many of them ACA members) from Europe and the United States. The distinguished participants discussed issues of strategic importance for international higher education post Covid-19.
The day-long and intervention-rich programme covered reflections on the lessons learnt through the multiple challenges, both ongoing and overcome, encountered by ACA members and the summit’s guests during the past year, as well as by the wider field of international education. The day also featured discussions on the many accomplishments brought about by the pandemic and wider geopolitical developments. Last but not least, the leaders discussed how they imagine and carve a way forward, for internationalisation funding agencies and for our field, as key players in co-shaping a better future.
Along many engaging sessions, the in-depth discussions and networking moments, the programme also featured inspiring keynote presentations by Ulrich Grothus, ACA President, by Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Cristina Riesen, Co-CEO at Taskbase, and Founder Educreators Foundation.
The summit concluded with a set of important acknowledgements and powerful shared messages, that will guide the work of funding agencies, as well as ACA’s input in the ongoing policy- and programme-making processes at European level:
The next edition of the ACA Strategic Summit will take place in spring 2022.