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Brussels, 21 February 2019

Internationalisation for all? Wider inclusion in the internationalisation of higher education


The event will be dedicated to exploring the question of how to achieve wider inclusion in international higher education activities. The idea of inclusion is very often mentioned in recent national-level and EU policy documents, including in the proposal for the Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027, but it is still to be fully defined as a policy goal and to be further operationalised for a successful implementation.

The event will feature the views of the European Commission, of ACA members, i.e. national-level agencies and actors, of higher education institutions and student organisations. The speakers will provide concrete examples on how to achieve better inclusiveness in practice, of various underrepresented groups in higher education. The focus will first and foremost be on socio-economically disadvantaged groups.

The event is co-organised by ACA with the DAAD Brussels OfficeDiku Brussels Office and Flanders Knowledge Area (FKA).


09:00 Registrations & coffee


Welcome & Introduction
Ulrich Grothus, ACA President

09:45 Keynote speech: Wider inclusion in the internationalisation of higher education
Ágnes Sarolta Fazekas, Assistant Professor Eötvös Loránd Science University, Hungary & Chairperson of the Access & Diversity Expert Community, EAIE
10:15 Student voices
João Pinto, President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
10:25 Coffee break


Panel of national-level internationalisation agencies – Inspirational practices for inclusiveness in international higher education
Moderator: Ragnhild Solvi Berg, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) & Head of the Diku Brussels Office (NORCORE)

Inclusive mobility schemes for underrepresented groupsRenilde Knevels, Policy Advisor Internationalisation, Flanders Knowledge Area (FKA) and Valérie Van Hees, Coordinator Steunpunt Inclusief Hoger Onderwijs (SIHO), and Piet Van Hove, Director, International Office, Univeristy of Antwerp

First time academics as special target group in DAAD’s study abroad campaignAlexander Haridi, Head of Section Information on Studying Abroad, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Equity in internationalisation: internationalisation for all!Juha Ketolainen, Counsellor of Education (Head of Unit), Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and Tiina Piipponen, International Coordinator/Technology, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (via Skype)
Discussion with the audience

12:10 Closing keynote: The European Commission’s plans in tackling inclusion in the forthcoming Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027)
Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit, DG Education and Culture, European Commission
Discussion with the audience
12:40 Goodbye
Ulrich Grothus, ACA President
12:45 – 14:00 Networking lunch



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