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Brussels, 10 May 2012

The IMPI initiative and beyond. Mapping and profiling internationalisation


Having a good international reputation is important; even more so is the effective delivery of sound internationalisation policies and initiatives. European higher education institutions are investing ever more efforts and resources into enhancing their internationalisation activities and in expanding their outreach. But how well are they doing in this regard? Are international activities well-aligned with institutional (internationalisation) strategies? Are institutions making progress towards their goals in this area? And, very importantly, how are individual institutions doing in comparison to their peers? These are some of the questions and concerns that inspired the IMPI Project—a European Commission-funded initiative meant to develop a set of Indicators for Mapping and Profiling Internationalisation ideally suited for use at the institutional level. IMPI has been coordinated by CHE Consult, in partnership with ACA and four ACA member organisations: CampusFrance, Nuffic, Perspektywy and SIU.

This event will present the main output of the project—The IMPI toolbox—a comprehensive, yet user-friendly list of internationalisation indicators, developed to support European higher education institutions in better tracking and self-assessing their international endeavours. The toolbox—accessible online and free of charge—was developed in cooperation with over 40 higher education institutions from more than 10 European countries and tested for two main purposes: institutional self-assessment and international/inter-institutional benchmarking. The symposium will provide a unique opportunity to see how the tool works in practice and to learn about its added value from a number of institutions that participated in its development. The conversation will also address the various challenges inherent in measuring internationalisation. Finally, the programme will include a number of interesting projects focused on similar issues, providing a perspective on how the IMPI initiative fits into a wider policy context, across the EU and beyond.


Thursday, 10 May 





Welcome address
Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA


The IMPI initiative – an overview
Uwe Brandenburg, CHE Consult


Mapping mobility at the institutional level – the MAUNIMO tool
Elizabeth Colucci, Programme Manager, Higher Education Policy Unit, EUA


Coffee break


AHELO – an update. Finding the (internationalisation) outcomes?
Fabrice Henard, Analyst, OECD


EU priorities and instruments for the internationalisation of higher education
Claire Morel, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Education and Culture


Sandwich lunch


3 parallel sessions: The “IMPI toolbox” – How does it work in practice? What results can be achieved?
Session 1
Laura Rumbley and Outi Savonlahti (University of Eastern Finland)
Session 2Adinda van Gaalen (Nuffic) and Christian Cormier (University of Poitiers)
Session 3Louise Watts (CampusFrance) and Marina Casals Sala (Rovira i Virgili University)


“The IMPI experience” – panel discussion with Alicia Betts (ACUP), Erich Thaler (University of Basel), Tomás Lorenzana (University of Almeria), Laure Castin (University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne)
Chaired by Jean-Pierre De Greve, Deputy-rector International Relations, VUB


Current and future opportunities vs. challenges in measuring internationalisation
Arthur Mettinger, Rector, Campus Vienna University of Applied Sciences / former president UNICA


Wrap-up and goodbye


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