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Brussels, 4 February 2016

What's New in Brussels? Recent Developments in European Policies and Programmes


ACA will start its European Policy Seminars (EPS)’ season in 2016 with the by now traditional start-of-the-year event – What's new in Brussels? Recent developments in European Policies and Programmes.The seminar will take place – where else than in Brussels? – on 4 February 2016. This one-day event will constitute, like every year since 2004, an excellent opportunity to get the latest updates on European policy and education programmes, and that straight from the source. The seminar will be a perfect mix between ‘old’ and ‘new’.

In line with tradition, the 2016 edition will gather senior officials and specialists from the European Commission, to inform about important developments in the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes, as well as about other key initiatives of or supported by the European Commission, like HEInnovate, U-Multirank or the Erasmus+ Master Loan. 

The seminar will also provide, for the first-time in the event’s history, the opportunity for participants to discuss in smaller groups (parallel sessions) their experiences with different actions and activities under the Erasmus+ programme, from ‘international credit mobility’, or ‘strategic partnerships’ to applying for and organising ‘joint programmes under Erasmus+’

Don’t miss your chance to get informed and register now! This event tends to fill up fast. You can take advantage of the early bird rate until 25 January (inclusive).


Wednesday 03 February 2016

18:00 Free guided tour (The Secrets of Brussels)

19:00 Seminar dinner 

Thursday 04 February 2016



Registrations and coffee


Welcome and introduction


Higher Education in Erasmus+: taking stock 
Adam Tyson, Acting Director, Education and Innovation, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 


The Bologna Process – still alive?

David Crosier, Education System Analyst, EACEA, EURYDICE (Brussels, Belgium) 


Coffee break


Parallel sessions 

Session 1 International Credit Mobility and Capacity Building in Erasmus+


Markus Symmank, Head of Unit Erasmus Mobility, German Academic Exchange Service – DAAD (Brussels, Belgium)


State of Art – the International Dimension of Erasmus+

Claire Morel,  Head of Unit “International cooperation and programmes”, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 

Organising International Credit Mobility – Overcoming the Challenges

Judith Peltz, Head of Unit “International Relations and Lifelong Learning”at the University of Vechta (Vechta, Germany)

Session 2 Strategic partnerships in Erasmus+


Victor Foulloneau, Project Officer, Agence Erasmus+ France (Bordeaux, France)


State of Art – Strategic Partnerships in Erasmus+ 

Elena Tegovska, Policy Officer – Higher Education- Erasmus+, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 

How to Be Successful in Applying for Strategic Partnerships 

Angela Procoli, Head of International Partnerships, Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris, France)

Session 3 Joint programmes under Erasmus+


Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, Leader of the Global Team within Higher Education Unit, Finnish Centre for International Mobility – CIMO (Helsinki, Finland)


State of Art – Joint Programmes in Erasmus+

Graham Wilkie, Deputy Head of Unit “International cooperation and programmes”, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 

How to Make Joint Programmes work

Andries Verspeeten, Policy Advisor for International Relations, Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)


Lunch break


A snapshot of key initiatives – “the 10-minute talks”

HEInnovate: Juliet Edwards, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 

The Erasmus+ Master Loan: Marc Goffart, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 

Key trends in university strategies – an analysis of Erasmus+ Charters: Kate Sevon, Analyst, Department for Policy Analysis, Swedish Council for Higher Education (Stockholm, Sweden)


U-Multirank: the state of play and plans for the future

Gero Federkeil, Head of International Rankings, CHE – Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Coordinator of the U- Multirank project (Gütersloh, Germany)


Coffee break


Funding opportunities under Erasmus+: upcoming deadlines and calls 

Alain Pol, Coordinator at the Erasmus+ Department of the Executive Agency – EACEA (Brussels, Belgium)


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Julie Sainz, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) 


Conclusions and farewell


End of seminar



Adam Tyson

Adam Tyson is acting Director for EU education policy, the education strand of the Erasmus+ programme, innovation, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology and the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions at the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

He has previously held posts dealing with EU higher education policies and programmes, the policy coordination of education, youth, culture and sport policies and has led EU work on issues such as combating social exclusion and fighting discrimination. 

He has been responsible for communication and speechwriting for various Commissioners. 

David Crosier

David Crosier joined Eurydice, the EU’s education information network, in 2008. He is responsible for the network’s reports and other activities on higher education, and is coordinator of the Implementation Reports on the Bologna Process that have been produced for the Ministerial Conferences in Bucharest 2012 and Yerevan 2015. 

Eurydice, Eurostat and Eurostudent worked together to produce the official progress report for the Bologna Ministerial Conference in Yerevan, 14/15 May 2015. This report, “The European Higher Education Area in 2015: Bologna Process Implementation Report” offers a comprehensive snapshot of the state of implementation of agreed objectives across the 47 countries of the European Higher Education Area. It provides both qualitative information and statistical data, and covers all main aspects of higher education reforms that aim to ensure a well-functioning European Higher Education Area.

Before joining Eurydice, David worked for the European University Association where he was also responsible for a variety of projects focusing on different aspects of the Bologna process. He managed EUA’s Trends reports, and was co-author of the Trends V publication in 2007.

Markus Symmank

Markus Symmank is currently the Head of Unit Erasmus Mobility at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and has been in this position since 2011. He was earlier involved in the creation of the Vietnamese German University (2008/10) before moving to Erasmus. He studied and worked in the academia in Germany, the Netherlands (Erasmus student) and Norway. Markus has also been a DAAD Lecturer in Poland (1998/99). Former positions he occupied include Director of DAAD Stability Pact Liaison Mission Office to Kosovo and Macedonia (2003/5), Director of DAAD Information Centre Ho Chi Minh City (2005/8). Markus also worked from 2001 to 2003 as a strategy consultant after receiving his PhD in comparative literature in 2001.

Claire Morel

Claire Morel is the Head of Unit for international cooperation at DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, with particular focus on the international dimension of Erasmus+ and international policy dialogue in higher education. She has worked several years on academic cooperation with the neighbouring countries. Before she worked for Tempus – a programme for higher education modernisation – cooperating with Central Asia; and at the European Training Foundation, and agency of the EU based in Turin, on the modernisation of vocational education and training systems in the Eastern neighbouring countries and Central Asia.

Judith Peltz

Judith Peltz is currently the head of unit “International Relations and Lifelong Learning” at the University of Vechta, Germany. Judith studied Slavic literature and languages, Communication Analysis and Economics in Tuebingen, Moscow and Bielefeld. She worked for different organisations in the field of development cooperation (mainly focussing on higher education) in Armenia, Russia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan. After beeing employed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn, she joint the University of Vechta in 2009. 

Victor Foullonneau

Victor Foullonneau has been a project officer at the French Erasmus+ Agency for 5 years. 

First in charge of Comenius and Grundtvig assistantships actions, he ran various processes such as consulting, monitoring or selection. In 2012, referent person for Euromed, he developed a network and an information platform to facilitate mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 

Since 2014, he has been working on strategic partnerships focusing on higher education; accompanying innovative projects holders through the technical, financial and quality aspects. In addition he ensures a follow up, with respect to the Erasmus+ programme, of 60 projects in the fields of higher education, vocational training, school and adult education.

Elena Tegovska

Elena Tegovska is currently working as Policy Officer for the European Commission’s  Higher Education Erasmus+ team. Previously, she worked for the international relations office in a Belgian based university. She has experience as well working with the non-governmental sector and civil society organisations in the Balkans. She has a Master of Arts degree in International politics from Université libre de Bruxelles.

Angela Procoli

Angela Procoli is the head of international partnerships at the Foundation Maison des sciences de l’homme, a French state-approved foundation whose mission is to promote the social and human sciences while fostering a multidisciplinary approach. At the FMSH, she is responsible for developing, and negotiating international agreements; designing partnership proposals. Since 2014 she is the coordinator of the D-Transform project, funded within the Eramus+ program. A. Procoli holds a PhD in social anthropology and she is a former Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. 

Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos

Currently working as Leader of the Global Team within the Higher Education Unit at CIMO in Helsinki, an expert organisation in international mobility and cooperation, Annika Sundbäck has been the national contact for the Erasmus Mundus programme in Finland since 2005.

She closely follows developments and trends related to the role of joint study programmes in promoting internationalisation, both in industrialised, EU-neighbourhood and developing countries. Between 2008 and 2011, she was an external evaluator of joint degree proposals in Brussels within Erasmus Mundus, the US-EU-Atlantis and the ICI-ECP Australia, Japan and South Korea programmes.

Since 2012, she works as trainer on joint programmes for the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and she has also offered courses in Japan.

During the years 2013-2015, she was one of the main partners in the EU-funded project Joint programmes from A to Z. 

Graham Wilkie

Graham Wilkie has worked for the European Commission since 1997.  Firstly in the Directorate General for Research from 1997-2010 managing medical research programmes, then in Education and Culture where is currently Deputy Head in the international Cooperation team.

He is a medical researcher by training, and got his PhD in neuroscience in 1994 from the University of Bath, UK.

Andries Verspeeten

Andries Verspeeten is a Policy Advisor for International Relations at Ghent University. He provides follow-up to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master and PhD Courses (up to 11 projects were awarded in the past years) and advises applicants during the development of their project proposal. In Erasmus Mundus Action 3, he participated in the EM-iDEA project which aimed at bringing together EM-coordinators across Europe, as well as in EM-ACE, which focused on Joint Programme promotion. The position of secretary to the University’s Expert Group on Internationalisation brings him into touch with the wider aspects of internationalisation policy and operations.

Gero Federkeil

Gero Federkeil is Manager in Charge of Rankings at CHE-Centre for Educational Development, Germany. His main activities cover: ranking, performance indicators, evaluation and quality assurance. Within the rankings domain, his focus has been on indicators related to the relevance of study programmes and indicators relating to the labour market. He is the coordination of the international expansion of the CHERanking. In 2010 he was elected as Vice-President of IREG Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence. 

Between 1993 and 2000 Gero was Assistant at the German Science and Humanities Council. His foci were on higher education planning, medical programmes at universities, evaluation of higher education institutions and non-university research institutes, development of the tertiary education sector (e.g. Fachhochschulen and technical colleges), and relations between the higher education system and the labour market.

Gero has a background in sociology. He graduated with a degree in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld and worked between 1989 and 1992 as research assistant at the Population Research and Social Policy Department of the University of Bielefeld.

Juliet Edwards

With a Humanities background specialising in expressions of national identity through cultural heritage, Juliet Edwards has experience of the academic, cultural and European policy sectors. Before joining the European Commission in 2011, she spent several years working in the private sector in London. Since joining the Commission, her work has focussed on the relations between higher education and the business sector as part of the EU’s innovation and growth objectives for 2020; the emphasis being placed increasingly on innovation and entrepreneurship in the HE ecosystem. Closely involved in developing DG EAC’s pilot Knowledge Alliances project – supporting structured partnerships for innovation in education and industry, now part of the Erasmus+ programme – she was key to the development of the highly successful guiding framework for entrepreneurial HEI’s; HEInnovate in partnership with the OECD. Currently, her main focus is the continuous development of HEInnovate; to make it as relevant and strategically valuable as possible for European HEIs in line with the policies that will help drive innovation and growth in Europe.

Marc Goffart

Marc Goffart is policy officer at DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, currently overseeing the implementation of the Erasmus+ Master Loan Scheme. Following an Erasmus traineeship in Teacher Training at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1990, Marc started his professional career at the European Education Projects’ Office of the University of Ghent. Marc joined the European Commission since 1995, working primarily in the research and education environments (DGs INFSO, EMPL, RTD & EAC).

Kate Sevón

Kate Sevón works as an analyst at the Swedish Council for Higher Education and has worked on internationalisation in education at Swedish government agencies for around 15 years. She has several years of experience of Nordic cooperation and of coordinating Nordic cooperation projects, including comparative analyses of internationalisation in Higher Education.

At present she is also Head of Unit in Sweden for Eurydice, the EU’s education information network.

Alain Pol

Alain Pol is coordinator at the Erasmus+ Department of the Executive Agency (EACEA). Since 1989, he has been working mainly as programme manager in the field of social affairs (employment, vocational education and training):  at the European Commission; at the European Training Foundation, an EU agency based in Turin providing (under the Phare programme) assistance to Eastern candidates countries in their preparation to join the EU and from 2006 onwards at the EACEA.  He also worked as legal officer in DG CNECT.

Julie Sainz

Julie Sainz is Policy Officer in the unit “Innovation in education, EIT and MSCA” of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture. She is in charge of following up the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND action. She is also responsible for coordinating studies relating to the analysis and future policy developments of the programme, as well as Secretary to the Horizon 2020 MSCA Advisory Group. Before joining the Commission, she was a researcher in the field of stem cells and cell therapy and worked in various countries (France, Belgium and Japan), both in academia and in industry. Julie holds a PhD in physiology and physiopathology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France


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Please note that accommodation and travel to and from Brussels are at the participants’ own expense.

Rooms for the night of 03 February have been blocked in several hotels near the seminar venue for a reduced seminar rate. Participants are asked to book their room themselves. Please use the reservation forms (when provided) or mention ACA when booking a hotel room, otherwise you will be charged the full price. In order to book a room at the ACA rate, please contact the hotel directly. Online bookings via third websites will not receive the reduced prices listed below.

Siru Hotel
Address: 2 Rue des Croisades, 1210 Brussels 

Phone: 32.2.643.93.72 
Fax: +32.2.643.93.84
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ACA Rate: EUR 90 for single room, breakfast and taxes included
10 rooms blocked until 01 February 2016
In order to obtain the ACA rate for this residence, please fill in this reservation form and send it to Hotel Siru.

Hotel Motel One
Address: Rue Royale 120, 1000 Brussels 

Phone: +32 2 209 61 22
Fax: +32 2209 61 11
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ACA Rate: EUR 93 for single room, breakfast and taxes included
10 rooms blocked until 02 February 2016
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Hotel des Colonies
Address: 6-10 Rue des Croisades, 1210 Brussels 

Phone: +32.2.643.93.72
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ACA Rate: EUR 95 for single room, breakfast and taxes included
10 rooms blocked until 01 February 2016
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The Progress Hotel
Address: 9 Rue des Progress, 1210 Brussels 

Phone: +32.2.643.93.72
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ACA Rate: EUR 130 for single room, breakfast and taxes included
10 rooms blocked until 01 February 2016
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9Hotel Central 
Address: 10 Rue des Colonies 1000 Bruxelles

Phone: +32(0)2.504.99.10 E-mail:
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ACA Rate: EUR 150 for single room, breakfast included, city-tax: supplement of 4,5€ per night
10 rooms blocked until 20 January 2016
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Thon Hotels 
Thon Hotel EU – Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, B-1040 Brussels

Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre – Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Brussels
Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie – Avenue Louise 91-93, B-1050 Brussels
Thon Hotel Brussels Airport – Berkenlaan 4, 1831 Diegem, Belgium
Stanhope Hotel – Rue du Commerce 9, B-1000 Brussels             
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Grand Place – Rue Des Dominicains 25, 1000 Brussels

Louise – Chaussée de Vleurgat 261, 1050 Brussels 
Regent – Boulevard du Regent 58, 1000 Brussels
Ambiorix – Square Ambiorix 28, 1000 Brussels
Montgomery – Avenue Tervueren 149, 1150 Brussels
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ACA Rate: discount of 15% on the daily rate
Reservation on the website; loyality code RFAPART14