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Brussels, 10 - 11 October 2023

ACA Strategic Summit 2023 - Internationalisation of higher education in a changing context


Following the successful annual Strategic Summits of 2022 and 2021, ACA will host its third Strategic Summit - Internationalisation of higher education in a changing 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 panel discussions will focus on the current and prospective approaches of navigating the policy and geopolitical changes and pressures placed on ACA members and similar agencies, such as balancing regional priorities. The event also features discussion on leadership approaches and organisational impact of ACA members and other similar agencies.  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: 

Pictures from the Summit:

Photo credit: Martine De Graeve


Strategic Summit 2023

Day 1 – 10 October

14:00 – 14:05

Welcome words – Ulrich Grothus, ACA President

14:05 – 14:30

Tour of brief introductions

14:30 – 15:45

Diversity in international higher education cooperation – balancing regional perspectives and priorities

Hilligje Van‘t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)

Lavern Samuels, President, International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), Director, International Education and Partnerships, Durban University of Technology

Titia Bredée, General Director, Nuffic, the Netherlands

Allan E. Goodman, IIE Chief Executive Officer, United States of America

Moderator: Emmanuelle Gardan, Director, Coimbra Group 

15:45 – 16:15 

Networking break

16:15 – 17:15

Forecasting in (international) higher education – lessons learnt and key themes for the future

Kai Sicks, Secretary-General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Thomas Ekman Jørgensen, Director for Policy Coordination and Foresight, European University Association (EUA)

Laura Rumbley, Director Knowledge Development and Research, European Association of International Education (EAIE)

Moderator: Amanda Crameri, Head of Higher Education, Swiss National Agency for Exchange and Mobility (Movetia) 

Day 2 – 11 October


09:00 – 09:30

Welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:30

‘Ask a friend’ – peer solutions to current member dilemmas

3-4 pitches by ACA members consisting of topics, issues, ideas, on which the pitching organisations would welcome the other participants’ inputs, advice, sharing of experiences.

The pitches can differ in nature – from more strategic questions (e.g. strategy revamp, challenges in or ideas for achieving a specific strategic goal, adapting the programme offer, working with/in a particular region or country) to more hands-on/operational (e.g. organisational restructuring, staff turnover/retention, recruiting staff with the right set of knowledge and skills, etc.).

10:30 – 11:00

Networking break

11:00 – 12:20

Leadership approaches and development for maximizing organizational impact

Gro Tjore, Deputy Director, HK-Dir, Norway

Antonija Gladović, Director, AMEUP, Croatia

Maria Kelo, Director of Institutional Development, European University Association (EUA)

Jamie Arrowsmith, Director, Universities UK International (UUKi) 

Moderator: Rúna Vigdís Guðmarsdóttir, Erasmus+ National Agency Director, Rannís, Iceland

12:20 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:30

Closing remarks 

Closing lunch