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, 5 October 2022

ACA Strategic Summit 2022 - Enhancing relevance in an unprecedented higher education context


After a successful first annual Strategic Summit in 2021, ACA will host its second Strategic Summit, Internationalisation agencies and national-level actors – enhancing relevance in an unprecedented higher education context, an invitation-only event. 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 anticipated face-to-face discussions will focus on the organisational transformations that ACA members and other similar agencies are currently experiencing, in the post-pandemic world, and through the changing geopolitical and policy contexts. The exchanges will also highlight the different strategies that member organisations employ to stay relevant, influential, and impactful in national, European, and global arenas. 

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: 

Videos from the Summit, 5 October, 2022:

What was the biggest challenge your organisation faced in 2022?


What are you most proud of, despite the challenges of 2022?

What one word comes to mind when you think of the future of internationalisation of higher education?

Pictures from the Summit:












Pictures taken by Martine DeGraeve, ACA.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them. 


09:15 – 09:20

  Welcome words
, Ulrich Grothus, President, ACA 

09:20 – 10:00

  Who’s who? Tour de table

  Moderator: Alenka Flander, Director, CMEPIUS, Slovenia & ACA Vice-President  

10:00 – 11:00 

  Evolving policy priorities during unprecedented times – the role of HE internationalisation agencies therein
– in conversation with Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot

  Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot
, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+, DG EAC, European   Commission 

  Lem van Eupen, Director  National Agency Erasmus+, Member of the Management Board/ Manager Europe, Nuffic, The Netherlands 

  Jakob Calice, Managing Director, OeAD, Austria  

  Michal Uhl, Director, DZS, Czech Republic 

  Moderator: Irina Ferencz, Director, ACA 

11:00 – 11:30

  Networking break

11:30 – 12:45 

  Demonstrating impact – the HOWs of leveraging influence in the national and global contexts

  Donatienne Hissard
, Director General, Campus France, France  

  Kari Kuja, Senior Advisor, IIE, United States  

  José Aurelio Llaneza Víllanueva, Head of the Internationalization of the Spanish Higher   Education Unit, SEPIE, Spain  

  Gro Tjore, Deputy Director General, HK-Dir, Norway  

  Moderator: Stephan Geifes, Director Erasmus+ NA DAAD, DAAD, Germany & Member of ACA Administrative Council 

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 15:00 

  Parallel sessions: Organisational development during uncertainty

  Session 1: Experiences with organisational mergers and re-structuring 


  Heli Aru-Chabilan, Director, HARNO, Estonia  

  Vidar Pedersen, European Programmes Director, HK-Dir, Norway 

  Moderator: Maija Airas, Head of Unit, International Higher Education Cooperation EDUFI,     Finland    

  Session 2: Pandemic-induced organizational transformations (new modes of working, staff motivation, etc.) 


  Antonija Gladović, Director, AMEUP, Croatia 

  Michal Fedak, Executive Director, SAIA, n.o., Slovakia  

  Moderator: Adalheidur Jónsdóttir, Head of Education and Culture Division, Rannís, Iceland  

  Session 3: The ‘new normal’ – planning for the unknown (and staff development for dealing with uncertainty) 

  Katarzyna Aleksy, Director of Department, NAWA, Poland & ACA Treasurer 

  Gabor Dobos, Director for International Higher Education Development, TPF, Hungary  

Olivier Tschopp, Director, Movetia, Switzerland & Member of ACA Administrative   Council 

15:00 – 15:20


  Networking break  

15:20 – 15:40 

  Parallel sessions highlights

  3 Rapporteurs 

15:40 – 16:15 

  Panel discussion: Summit takeaways and closing words

  Bozidar Grigić
, Head of Higher Education Unit, CMEPIUS, Slovenia 

  Gerhard Volz, Head of Department for International Cooperation in Higher Education, OeAD,  Austria & Member of ACA Administrative Council 

  Jaak Raie, Director General, HARNO, Estonia  

  Amanda Crameri, Head of Higher Education, Movetia, Switzerland 

  Moderator: Ulrich Grothus, President, ACA