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, 8 September 2021

Towards comprehensive mobility approaches: marrying the inclusion, sustainability and the digital agendas 


How to make international student mobility more inclusive? How to reduce the carbon footprint of physical mobility and create greener options? How to develop good-quality, digitally-enhanced models, that complement existing formats?  

These questions, and many alike, have been driving the key developments and innovations in the area of international student mobility for the past years. They are also at the heart of most recent strategic documents at EU level, from the European Education Area Communication, to the upcoming European Strategy for Universities, and not least, of the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme.   


Through this event – Towards comprehensive mobility approaches: marrying the inclusion, sustainability and the digital agendas – we’ll start connecting the dots, together with speakers from the European Commission, internationalisation funding agencies (ACA members) and networks of higher education institutions. We will investigate the potential tensions between these objectives, put forward constructive ideas and explore paths for how to deliver on the vision of international student mobility that is more inclusive, sustainable and digitally enhanced – all at once.   

The programme will be available over the summer, and registrations will open in mid-August.  Mark your calendars for 8 September 2021, 09:30 – 12:30 CET, and stay tuned for more information!

This event is co-organised by: ACA, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, VLUHR - Flemish Higher Education Council, and the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research – Czech Liaison Office for Education and Research in Brussels (DZS-CZELO). 

Draft Programme


08:45 – 09:30 

Networking coffee, on site 

09:30 – 09:45 

Welcome & introduction

Ulrich Grothus, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) 

09:45 – 11:00 

Roundtable discussion – Why and how to marry the inclusion, sustainability and digital agendas in and through mobility?


  • Rúna Guðmarsdóttir, Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís), TBC 


  • Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European CommissionTBC 
  • Filip van DepoeleDirectorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission 
  • Jakub Tesar, Czech National Agency for International Education and  Research (DZS) 
  • Vidar Pedersen, Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills 
  • Jan Palmowski, The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) 
  • Juan Rayón González, Erasmus Student Network (ESN) 

11:00 – 11:15 

(Virtual) coffee break 

11:15 – 12:15 

Towards comprehensive approaches – national and institutional examples


  • Božidar Grigić, Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS)TBC 


  • Frederik De Decker, Ghent University 
  • Michael Hörig, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 
  • Sofia Lähdeniemi, Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), TBC 

12:15 – 12:25 

Policy and practical takeaways for carving comprehensive approaches 

  • Gerhard Volz, Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD), TBC  

12:25 – 12:30 

Closing of the event


Lunch for on-site participants