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Stockholm, 12 June 2005

The other side of mobility


In cooperation with the Internationational Programme Office, the Högskoleverket and the Swedish Institute
Hosted by the Royal Institute of Technology and supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers

ACA organised this conference together with its three Swedish members: the International Programme Office, the Högskoleverket and the Swedish Institute. The event was hosted by Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The Nordic Council of Ministers kindly supported the conference through a grant.

The event targeted practitioners of internationalisation, academics and political decision-makers. It was designed for a participation of up to 250 delegates.

Keynote speaker at this ACA conference was Swedish writer Henning Mankell. Internationally acclaimed author Henning Mankell gained bestseller stardom with his series of crime novels about inspector Kurt Wallander. The conference provided an opportunity to meet the author and hear him speak about his international experience.

As every ACA conference, the Other Side of Mobility, also featured carefully selected high-level speakers from among higher education and internationalisation experts. Among them was Peter Scott, the President of ACA and eminent higher education theorist, and Ulrich Teichler, the world’s leading scholar on mobility in higher education.


Sunday 12 June 2005




Tourist programme:boat trip in the Stockholm archipelago with a drop off at the City Hall


Welcome reception at the Stockholm City Hall

Monday 13 June 2005


Registrations and coffee


Welcome addresses


Opening Keynote by Henning Mankell


Coffee break


Session I: Approaches to mobility


The promises of mobility
Bernd Wächter, Director, Academic Cooperation Association,  Brussels


Mobility impacts: what we know and what we would like to know
Ulrich Teichler, Professor, Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work, University of Kassel 




Session II: Mobility and development cooperation


Development cooperation in Higher Education: do we need a new approach?
Kambiz Ghawami, Director Germany, World University Service, Wiesbaden


Mobility in development co-operation: who develops?
Berit Olsson, Director Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Stockholm


A student experience by Caroline Wamala


Coffee break


Session III: Intercultural impacts of mobility


About stories, fairy tales and fata morganas
Jeanine Hermans, Head of Student Recruitment, Wageningen University


Changing one’s life. Mobility and personal development
Sigbrit Franke, University Chancellor and Director General, Högskoleverket, Stockholm


The Socrates-Erasmus sojourn: a truly European experience
Emmanuel Sigalas, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Reading


Gala Dinner at the Operaterrassen

Tuesday 14 June 2005


Session IV:  Mobility, research, and knowledge transfer


Mobility within the Nordic Higher Education Area
René Bugge Bertramsen, Chairman, Nordic Advisor Committee on Higher Education, Director-General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Copenhagen


The international student promoting innovation in education and research
Ramon Wyss, Vice-President International Affairs, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm


A student experience by Kristina Marquardt


Coffee break


Session V: Mobility and identity building


Eurostars and Eurocities: the idea and reality of career mobility in an integrating Europe
Adrian Favell, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California Los Angeles


Global citizenship in an interrelated world
Eva Titus, Psychotherapist, Brussels 


The development of our international identities
Roger and Gianna Husblad, Eskilstuna




Panel discussion:
How to go on from here? – Making best use of the mobility experience

Chair: Bernd Wächter
Jeanine Hermans
Ulrich Hörmann, Secretary General, Austrian Exchange Service
Ewa Krzaklewska, Vice President, Erasmus Student Network International
Ulrich Teichler 


Closing keynote
Future visions
Peter Scott, President, Academic Cooperation Association


René Bugge Bertramsen

René Bugge Bertramsen is General-Director for Department of University Education and Research institutions in the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI). Presently he is also the chairman for the Nordic Advisory Committee on Higher Education (HØGUT) during the Danish presidency in the Nordic Council of Ministers. He is also chairman for the National Danish Bologna Follow-up Group and has recently participated in the Ministerial Conference of the Bologna Process in Bergen, Norway.He has been responsible for the Danish University Act (2003) introducing University Boards with external majority, external chairman, employed Rectors, Deans, and Heads of Departments and Developmental Contract as the central steering mechanism. René Bugge Bertramsen has also been responsible for a recent amendment to the Danish University Act (May 2005) on international student mobility, hereby introducing joint degrees as well as scholarships and tuition for students coming from outside the European Union. 

Adrian Favell

Adrian Favell is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the author of Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain (Palgrave 200,1 2nd edition), and has published widely on migration in Europe, multiculturalism, the integration of immigrants, and EU immigration policy. Adrian is currently working on a book entitled Eurostars and Eurocities (forthcoming, Blackwell 2006), that looks at the impact of free movement in the European Union, through the experiences of foreign resident professionals in Amsterdam, London and Brussels.

Sigbrit Franke

Sibrit Franke is the Chancellor of the Swedish Universities and Director General of the National Agency for Higher Education (HSV) in Sweden (since 1999). She has a  PhD in Education and has been a professor of Educational sciences, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Vice-Chancellor of the Umeå University. In her research, Sigbrit Franke has focused on questions of evaluation and quality assessment of education and teaching. Especially, she has developed an explanatory, theory-oriented model of evaluation used in assessments of schools and higher education.  She has directed a number of research projects encompassing all levels of education. Her publications include about 150 books, scientific reports and articles. As Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University she published a number of articles and book chapters on educational quality assessment.As University Chancellor and Head of the National Agency for Higher Education, Sigbrit Franke has been the driving force in developing the current model of national quality assurance of universities and colleges in Sweden. She has taken an active interest in international cooperation and has a large number of research contacts among evaluation experts in Europe and the United States.

Kambiz Ghawami

Kambiz Ghawami was born in 1955 in Teheran, Iran. He has studied Business administration and Law, and has also a PhD in Law.  Since 1983 he has been the chairman of the World University Service – WUS – in Germany.

Jeanine Hermans

Jeanine Hermans is a graduate of clinical psychology of the Catholic University Nijmegen. She specialised in cross-cultural communication issues in higher education and, following a career as student counselor, worked for nine years as the Dean for International Students at Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. After a period as Secretary General of UNICA, the International Association of Universities of the Capitals from Europe, located in Brussels, she returned to the Netherlands in January 2000 as Head of Educational Marketing of the consortium of Wageningen University and Research Center. From June 2005 Jeanine has accepted a position as communication manager for the Executive Board of the University of Maastricht.Jeanine has served as board member and chair of the professional section “Foreign Student Advising and Study Abroad” of the EAIE in 1997 and 1998. She initiated and co-developed the successful EAIE/SAFSA cross-cultural communication training ‘Advising international students’, followed in 2002 by a course on ‘Managing intercultural relations in higher education’ and in 2004 by the EAIE course on ‘Recruiting the Best Students for your Institution’. Jeanine teaches internationally and works as intercultural trainer and consultant among others for the EAIE, various European Universities and non-governmental organisations. She is also co-author of the EAIE Occasional paper “Culture Matters” (2004), a monograph on the impact of culture on the professional helping relationship in higher education.

Ulrich Hörmann

Ulrich Hörmann is the Secretary General of the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD). He has been in this position since year 2000, after ten years of service in the same organization first as Head of the Department of Development Cooperation and then as Deputy Secretary General.  Ulrich has studied social and economic sciences as well as catholic theology. In his master thesis he specialised on the issue of non-tariff-trade barriers between the USA, Europe and Japan. 
The ÖAD is an association of the Austrian Universities, the Universities of Applied Sciences and Teacher Training Colleges, supporting international mobility and cooperation. The ÖAD employs approximately 100 staff members and has a yearly budget of €32 million, funded mainly by Federal Ministries and the European Commission. The Secretary General together with the President of the ÖAD bears the general responsibility for the association.

Roger and Gianna Husblad

Roger Husblad was born in Eskilstuna (Sweden) in 1970. He was an Erasmus student in Trier (Germany) in 1993-94, has a Master in Laws from 1995 and is now now employed at the Swedish Energy Agency. Gianna Michelotti Husblad was born in Volterra (Italy) in 1971. She, too, was an Erasmus student in Trier (Germany) in 1993-94. She has a Master in Foreign Languages and Literature (1999) and is now working as a language teacher.

Ewa Krzaklewska

Ewa Krzaklewska is a Vice-President of the Erasmus Student Network and also a sociologist and researcher. She studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and has previously studied as an exchange student at Antioch College, Ohio, USA and the Università Cattolica di Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy. Her main areas of interest are student mobility, impact of studies abroad on emerging adults, internationalization of education, and youth. She has been a participant and speaker at several international conferences and is the author of several articles.The Erasmus Student Network International is a European network of 200 student organisations supporting student mobility and offering services to exchange students in Europe and beyond ( Her main responsibilities within ESN are quality assurance, coordinating international research projects and representation of Erasmus Students and ESN sections on educational conferences.

Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell was born in Sweden in 1948. In the 1970s he began working as a dramatist and in 1973 his first novel was published. He gained bestseller stardom with his series of crime novels about inspector Kurt Wallander. The books have been published in thirty-three countries and consistently top the bestseller lists in Europe, receiving major literary prizes and generating numerous international film and television adaptations. Mankell is not only famous for his crime novels: he is a successful author of plays, children’s books and several novels for adults. Henning Mankell was raised in a village in northern Sweden and he now divides his time between Sweden and Maputo, Mozambique, where he lives with his family and works as the director of Teatro Avenida. He is passionately committed to the fight against AIDS in Africa and spends much time working to encourage support for his ‘Memory Books’ project to raise awareness of the problem.

Berit Olsson

Berit Olsson was born in Norway and has been a Swedish citizen since 1955. Berit Olsson is the Director of Department for Research Cooperation, SAREC at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA. She has been with SAREC since the middle of 1980s. Before that, she was a Docent at the Lund University, with a PhD in Oral Health and a specialization in Endodontics. She has carried out research into oral health in development areas (Ethiopia, Mozambique and Sudan) as well as toxicology oral materials. She was also a visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut in 1978-79.SIDA supports research development in low-income countries as well as research of key relevance to development. Some € 99 million are allocated for research each year. In addition, SIDA supports Minor Field Studies as well as the Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme with developing countries patterned after Erasmus.

Peter Scott

Peter Scott is the Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and the President of the Academic Cooperation Association. Prior to this he was Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University of Leeds, as well as a Professor of Education and the Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Education. Before going to Leeds in 1992, he was for sixteen years Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement.Peter Scott was educated at the University of Oxford and at the University of California at Berkeley. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Bath, UMIST, the (former) Council for National Academic Awards, Anglia Polytechnic University, and Grand Valley State University. He is also a Member of the Academia Europea and of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. His research interests are the governance and management of universities and colleges, non-standard access to higher education and the links between further and higher education. Among his publications are The Meanings of Mass Higher Education (1995), Governing Universities (1996), the Globalization of Higher Education (1998) and Higher Education Re-formed (2000), University Leadership: The Role of the Chief Executive (2000), Ten Years On: Higher Education in Central and Eastern Europe (2000) and Re-Thinking Science: Knowledge Production in an Age of Uncertainties (2001).

Emmanuel Sigalas

Emmanuel Sigalas is currently completing his PhD at the Reading University (England) in the Department of Politics. His research focuses on the importance of the Erasmus exchange programme towards building a European identity. In 1999 he finished his Master’s degree on European Integration at the University of Essex (UK). Before that he had completed a degree in International & European Economics at the Athens University of Economics and Business.Since his childhood Emmanuel has had the opportunity to experience several sojourns in different places, and under different circumstances. He has lived in England for five years, in Germany for five years, in Luxembourg for three months and in several places within Greece for periods stretching between two months to two years. Of course the Erasmus sojourn could not be missing from the list. In 1996 Emmanuel spent a year in Coventry (UK) at the Warwick University.

Ulrich Teichler

Ulrich Teichler is a professor at the University of Kassel and the Director of its Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work (since 1978). He was Vice-President of the University of Kassel (1980-82) and he acted as an OECD reviewer of education policies in several countries. Next to EU and internationalisation, his research focused on admission to higher education, international academic recognition, academic staff, implementation of higher education reforms, evaluation in higher education, curricula in higher education, education and social selection, and adult education.Professor Teichler is a member of Academia Europea and a member of the Board of the International Academy of Education. He has been the president or chair of many international research networks. He also received the Research Award of the Council on International Educational Exchange (1997) and the Comenius Prize of UNESCO (1998).

Eva Titus

Eva Titus has study at the University of Amsterdam psychology of cognition (learning, concept formation, perception processes: cognitive problem solving) and social psychology (social problem solving) and has a post-doctorate professional training in psychotherapy (emotional problem-solving). Her research interests include the research of conscience – and reality shifts in Tibetan meditation and shamanic methods, and their effects on the reality constructs and individual and social problem-solving (especially on concepts of identity, power and ethics).She is an educational consultant for the University of Antwerp, the co-founder and supervisor of Belgian-Dutch Gestaltorganisation and a member of the European Commission of EAGT: “Global Ethical dimension of citizenship in an interconnected world”. 

Bernd Wächter

Bernd Wächter is the chief executive officer (Director) of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), a European association of 20 nationally-based internationalisation agencies. In this capacity, which he has held since 1998, he bears overall responsibility for the implementation of all ACA policy.  Earlier on (1995 – 1997), he was the Head of the Erasmus Department in the then Socrates and Youth TAO, which implemented the centralised parts of the Erasmus Programme on behalf of the European Commission. Between 1992 and 1995, he headed the German national agency for the Erasmus Programme inside the DAAD, which also had important national information functions for the COMETT, LINGUA and TEMPUS schemes.His experience with internationalisation also relates to the institutional level, through his functions as head of the international office of the Fachhochschule Darmstadt, and as a departmental coordinator of international relations at the Gesamthochschule Kassel. He has also worked for the British Council. Bernd Wächter has published and lectured widely on issues of Europeanisation and internationalisation of higher education. He is the editor of the ACA Papers on International Cooperation in Education.

Ramon Wyss

Ramon Wyss is an associate professor in theoretical nuclear physics and the Vice-president for International Affairs at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He has a PhD from the KTH and has held after that the position of a research assistant at JIHIR and the KTH and has been an associate professor of physics at the Högskolan of Kalmar. He also initiated and chaired the ’Graduate School in Physics’ at KTH in 1996–2001 and was a coordinator of studies for the ’International Master of Science Programme in Quantum Physics’ in 1996–2004.
Ramon Wyss has published widely: he has more than 190 papers in the field’s journals, more than 50 papers at topical conferences, more than 60 seminar papers at different universities as well as several articles in the popular media.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology 
SE-100 44 Stockholm