Brussels, 11 June 2018
The impact of internationalisation – putting together the puzzle
With the value of internationalisation of higher education being widely contested in may parts of the world – some of them most unexpected – being able to prove the impact of our own activities seems more pressing than ever. This one-day event – The impact of internationalisation – putting together the puzzle – will take place in Brussels on 11 June 2018. It will facilitate an honest and informed discussion on impact assessment at different levels – European, national, institutional, and individual – and take stock of the existing body of knowledge, data and other evidence on internationalisation of higher education. The aim is to jointly discuss and conclude what kind of impact-related questions can be answered with certainty, as well as to identity remaining gaps, to be filled by relevant research and data collection.
The programme will feature internationalisation as a comprehensive process, as well as zoom in some key international activities, from international student and staff mobility, to joint programmes and curricular internationalisation, amongst others.
Monday, 11 June 2018
|Registrations and coffee
|Welcome and introduction
Opening panel – Setting the scene: impact, internationalisation, assessment
Moderator: Irina Ferencz (Deputy Director, Academic Cooperation Association – ACA, Belgium)
Parallel sessions (round 1) – Exploring impact of internationalisation activities
Session 1 – Personal and professional impact of student and staff mobility
Moderator: Irma Garam (Research Manager, Finnish National Agency for Education – EDUFI, Finland)
Session 2 – Impact of strategic partnerships and joint programmes
Session 3 – Impact of (national)-level scholarship programmes (at individual level, on home and host country)
Parallel sessions (round 2)
Session 4 – Institutional and system-level impact of student and staff mobility
Moderator: Dag Stenvoll (Senior Adviser, Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education – SIU, Norway)
Session 5 – Impact of internationalisation at home and internationalisation of the curriculum
Moderator: Prof Gabriele Abermann (Prof. emer. Dr. National expert for the EHR, Salzburg, Austria)
Franka van den Hende (Academic expert and researcher in internationalisation of higher education, University of Groningen, The Netherlands) – Impact of curriculum internationalisation; a resource-based change perspective
Session 6 – Towards assessing internationalisation of the higher education system
Moderator: Anders Ahlstrand (Analyst, Swedish Council of Higher Education – UHR, Sweden)
Panel discussion – Putting the pieces together: what do we safely know and where are the gaps?
Moderator: Prof Uwe Brandenburg (Managing Director of the Global Impact Institute (Prague, Czech Republic) and Associate Professor at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)
|Eva Egron-Polak (Senior Fellow, Former Secretary General, Interantional Association of Universities – IAU, France) – Impact and comprehensive internationalisation – where are we heading?
|Wrap-up and goodbye
María Victoria Calabrese
Dag Stenvoll has a Doctoral degree in Comparative Politics, and undergraduate studies in English, French and Russian. Since 2011, he has been working at the Department of Development and Analysis at the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU).
Daan Huberts is research lead on data- and student analytics at Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education. A historian and political scientist by training, he is living proof that the so-called ‘softer sciences’ do not necessarily teach their students substantive analytic- or quantitative research. Daan has a broad interest in international education, data analytics and higher education policy. He believes in the paramount importance of open data, transparency and impact initiatives.
Dr. Abermann is a recently retired Senior Lecturer for social skills and intercultural communication at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in the degree programme Information Technology and Systems Management. She has served as Director of International Relations and Vice Rector for teaching and internationalization. Dr. Abermann has extensive teaching experience in Austria and abroad and has coordinated the university-enterprise cooperation project, SKILL2E, which aimed at enhancing the intercultural competence acquisition of students on transnational placements and intensifying the dialogue between universities and enterprises. As one of the Austrian national experts for the Bologna Reform / European Higher Education Area since 2009 she is a member of the national BFUG and has advised universities across all sectors on the implementation of Bologna Reform issues such as student-centred learning or internationalization.
Franka van den Hende
Franka van den Hende (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) combines her PhD on curriculum internationalization from a resource-based organizational change perspective with her role as an academic expert in an institution-wide project on the international classroom (2013-2020, www.rug.nl/internationalclassroom) and policy advising about internationalisation of education. While van den Hende has published her first findings (2014, 2015), the International Classroom project has seen the first cases implemented.
Anders Ahlstrand has worked with internationalization of Higher Education for the past 20 years. He has experience of implementing a wide range of European and national mobility and cooperation programmes both at university and national level. At present he works as analyst at the Swedish Council for Higher Education.
Petra Bevek, head of sector at the Centre for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programs (CMEPIUS). Expert in the higher education field, with primary focus on internationalisation, promotion, recruitment and a special interest in web design and editing. She has twelve years of experience in the field of higher education and international cooperation. Her career in higher education began at the University of Ljubljana as coordinator of international mobility projects at the International Relations Office of the Faculty of Arts. As head of the Office and, later, vice-dean for international cooperation and research at the Faculty of Design, associated member of University of Primorska, she continued working in the international field. In 2014 she joined the Slovenian NA first coordinating the EEA and Norwegian scholarship fund, then as counsellor for the Erasmus+ ICM projects and as coordinator of Study in Slovenia and EURAXESS national activities. Currently she is head of IMPact sector responsible for disseminating information, networking and promotion of programmes, project and initiatives coordinated by the agency.
Mark Frederiks is coordinator international policy and member of Team Flanders of NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders. Since 2004 he is also Coordinator of the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA). From 2008 to 2013 he was Administrator of the world‐wide network of QA agencies INQAAHE. His work at NVAO includes institutional reviews, joint degrees, TNE, international assessments, and other international QA issues. Mark was a member of the Bologna Expert Group that prepared the European Approach for QA of Joint Programmes which was adopted by the EHEA Ministers in Yerevan. He coordinated four EU funded projects on joint programmes, developing European training programmes, and Mutual recognition. He coordinated the verification of the alignment of the Dutch and Flemish NQFs with the EHEA QF, participated as an expert in the NQF verification committee in Portugal, and advised on the NQF in Georgia. Mark was one of the initiators of the NVAO assessments of internationalisation that developed into the ECA Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation (CeQuInt). He was the Dutch representative in the drafting group for the UNESCO/OECD Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross‐border Higher Education. He was an expert or process coordinator in QA reviews in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Sweden. Before joining NVAO he worked with the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and was a researcher with Open University UK and CHEPS/University of Twente where he obtained his PhD. He is (co‐) author of some forty publications in the field of quality assurance in higher education.
Lucia Brajkovic is a senior research specialist at ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). She also serves as the executive director of the Higher Education Initiative for Southeastern Europe (HEISEE). She completed her doctoral degree at the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia (UGA). Her dissertation research focuses on political economy and higher education systems in post-socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. She is also exploring the internationalization of U.S. higher education, and the connections of U.S. universities with the industry and corporate world. During the course of her doctoral program she served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Higher Education, and a graduate research assistant at UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Her work has been published in International Higher Education, European Journal of Higher Education, Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions and other venues. Brajkovic also holds a Master’s degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Zagreb and a diploma in public relations management. Prior to coming to the United States she worked as a public relations officer at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Ross Hudson is the Senior Knowledge Officer at the European Association for International Education (EAIE). He is also a Doctoral candidate of the University of Bath, UK. He has worked in policy development and research role in the field of international higher education since 2007, in a number of organizations in the UK, France, and the Netherlands. Ross is the author of published research, for organisations including the European Parliament, Institute of International Education and the International Association of Universities.
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