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Bled, Slovenia, 17 October 2019

The engaged university. Linking the global and the local


This year’s conference of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) will be organised in partnership with the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS) in Bled, Slovenia. The conference is expected to draw an audience of 150 – 200, including central actors and decision-makers from universities and colleges, as well as practitioners and policy-makers from government departments, international institutions, non-governmental organisations and think tanks.

More details about the theme, target audience and format HERE.


16 October 2019
Welcome reception

The welcome reception will take place at Villa Prešeren (Veslaška promenada 14, 4260 Bled), on 16 October 2019 from 18:00 to 19:00

Day 1
Thursday 17 October 2019
Venue: Rikli Balance Hotel, Bled, Slovenia
08:45 Registration opens
09:15 Welcome
Alenka Flander, Director, CMEPIUS
Ulrich Grothus, President, ACA


Opening keynote
Towards a socially responsible university: balancing the global with the local
Josep M. Vilalta, Executive Secretary, Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and Director, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), Barcelona
  Session 1:
Local impact of global activities
10:05 The economic effects of Erasmus+ mobilities in Slovenia and Austria
Jan Kluge, Researcher, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), Vienna


How the global changes the local: the international classroom
Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans, Honorary Senior Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University
11:05 Coffee break
  Session 2:
Local engagement


Civic engagement and active citizenship as core elements in an institution’s mission (linked to Europe engage project)
Lorraine Mcllrath, Dr. / Director of the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) National University of Ireland, Galway Ireland
12:00 Europe engage: service learning as part of civic engagement
Pilar Aramburuzabala, Director of the European Observatory of Service-Learning in Higher Education, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
12:30 The FabLab and the “the digital innovation hub Slovenia”
Emilija Stojmenova, Assistant Professor and FabLab Network Slovenia Coordinator, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Jernej Pikalo, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia
14:30 The role of universities in regional innovation ecosystems
Sybille Reichert, Director, Reichert Consulting, Bamberg/Berlin
15:00 Social responsibility: the Aurora Universities Network
Kees Kouwenaar, Secretary General of Aurora Universities Network, Amsterdam
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Diversity
Daniel Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK, London
16:30 Europe’s universities: driven by (which) values?
Ulrich Grothus, ACA President
17:00 End of day I
19:00 Conference dinner (19:00 to 21:30) at Avsenik restaurant

Day 2
Friday 18 October 2019
Venue: Rikli Balance Hotel, Bled, Slovenia


09:15 Ethical internationalisation and the Global Dialogue Declaration
Laura Rumbley
, Associate Director, Knowledge Development & Research, EAIE, Amsterdam
  Session 3:
Preparing joint projects


Parallel sessions to discuss and design future international projects in the following areas:

– learning and teaching, Sabina Sägi (Archimedes), Urška Šraj (CMEPIUS)
– knowledge exchange, Božidar Grigić (CMEPIUS), Christofer Carlsson (Swedish Council for HE)
– social responsibility, Robert Marinšek and Jelena Štrbac Nemec (both CMEPIUS)

11:45 Coffee break
12:10 Short reports from the parallel sessions
12:30 What have we learned in the last two days?
Pavel Zgaga
, Professor of Philosophy of Education, University of Ljubljana, and former Minister of Education of the Republic of Slovenia
13:00 Farewell and lunch


Rikli Balance Hotel, Bled, Slovenia

Cankarjeva cesta 4
4260 Radovljica