• Day One – January 22, 2015 (Thu)
    12:00 - 12:10
    12:10 - 12:30
    The Polish higher education internationalisation strategy – update on the progress of its development
    Marek Korowajczyk, Director of the International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland
    12:30 - 13:00
    The Global Introduction
    “Internationalisation of higher education around the world” by Prof. Hans de Wit, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.
    Sijbolt Noordahans-de-witProf. Jacek Witkoś
    13:00 - 14:00
    Who is in Charge? Leaders Driving Strategic Internationalisation

    Leaders, through a set of governance solutions and structures, determine who has power, who makes decisions, how other institutional and individual players make their voice heard and who controls and assures results and quality. In higher education institutions, it is the leadership that decides to internationalise. Leadership chooses a strategy based on available options and institutional capacity. Leadership appoints apt managers to implement internationalisation in a most effective way. Leadership secures financing for the process. This session discusses the role of leadership in internationalisation given a certain insitutional set up (bound by national requirements, tradition, financial constraints, given human resources etc.). More importantly, it offers solutions when, to proceed with strategic internationalisation, leadership must decide to implement changes in the institution’s governance structure. How do we start? What are the necessary conditions for change? What are the opportunities & challenges?

    Prof. Hans de Wit, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy

    Dr. Sijbolt Noorda, ACA President and President of the Observatory Magna Charta

    Prof. dr hab. Jacek Witkoś, Vice-Rector for Research and International Cooperation, AMU in Poznan, Poland

    Lambert VerveldNico JoosteIvan Malý
    14:45 - 15:45
    Organizing Management and its Change: Models Around the World and Why You Should Not Follow Them

    This session discusses various models of management structures in higher education used around the world – in countries and universities leading in the industry as well as in the developing non-Western world. It addresses the impact historical contexts and cultural conditioning have on institutional organization. While recognizing solutions that have worked best for internationalisation around the world, the session focusses on the possibility of constructing new models, fitting appropriately the demands of the 21st century and showing that tailor-made change is possible. How to prepare the institution for the operational changes associated with internationalisation? How to manage change to better internationalise – having a given amount of leadership support, certain managerial solutions and skills, finite funds? How to measure success and present it to your leadership? The session demonstrates that management reflects proper governance and, done by true leaders, serves internationalisation. Dr. Lambert Verveld and Prof. Nico Jooste will discuss the case of Masaryk University with Prof. Ivan Malý.

    Prof. Ivan Malý, Vice-Rector for Strategy at Masaryk University, Czech Republic

    Dr. Lambert Verveld, Secretary General at the Groningen University, The Netherlands

    Prof. Nico Jooste, Senior Director, Office for International Education at NMMU, South Africa

    15:45 - 16:45
    Coffee Break
    Mehmet Orhun Eskiciteksti_mauranenThijs van Vugt
    16:15 - 17:15
    Do You Have a Business Plan? Financing Internationalisation for Effectiveness and Quality

    With external financing decreasing, internationalisation, as one of HEI’s core activities, can prove very expensive if not well-planned. HEI leadership and management must take into account HEI’s developmental goals, day-to-day functioning to stay financially viable and the changing and increasingly competitive landscape of an international market. In countries where national and public schemes do not fund internationalisation, where can HEIs turn to? In some cases better financial management might do the job while in others, HEIs will base their internationalisation success on foreign students, international projects or private or industry funding. What other sources can they find to strengthen their institutional position and withstand global competition? How does cooperation with other HEIs fit in? Why do we avoid words such as service, client, market? This session discusses not only financial management but also shows options in choosing tools helping in achieving internationalisation goals while proving cost-effective.

    Thijs van Vugt, CEO at iE&D Solutions

    Prof. Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector at University of Helsinki, Finland

    Mehmet Orhun Eskici, President at Vistula University, Poland

    Sijbolt Noorda
    17:15 - 17:30
    Summary of the Day
    by Dr. Sijbolt Noorda, ACA President and President of the Observatory Magna Charta
    Jan Truszczynski
    17:30 - 18:00
    Keynote Speech - Finding your place in the world
    Jan Truszczyński will share with Forum participants his insights and views on higher education in Central and Eastern Europe against the backdrop of government strategies, as well as global and European trends in higher education.
    19:30 - 22:00
    Networking Dinner
  • Day Two – January 23, 2015 (Fri)
    Aisling_Tiernan_ETS_Global_Profile_photoUwe BrandenburgGudrun PaulsdottirWill Archer
    9:30 - 11:30
    Tools in Internationalisation

    Once the leadership of a higher education institution answers the question WHY internationalise, a time comes to ponder HOW to go about it. This session will review, in the context of strategic preparations, the tools available to internationalizing higher education institutions, starting from international cooperation activities and student and staff mobility, moving onto international student recruitment, targeted admission strategies, adjusting the curriculum toward international expectations or preparing your HEI for various accreditations and rankings. There is a plethora of tools to use and this session will feature three: student surveys, benchmarking and language preparation.

    Gudrun Paulsdottir (Stockholm University, Sweden)

    The Speakers:
    Uwe Brandenburg (CHE Consult, Germany)
    Will Archer (i-graduate, UK)
    Aisling Tiernan (ETS Global, the Netherlands)

    Justyna Giezynska
    11:30 - 12:00
    Closing Remarks
    Gudrun Paulsdottir
    13:00 - 17:00
    Planning Strategic Internationalisation
    This workshop is addressed to rectors, vice-rectors and top management who are responsible for higher education institution’s development and internationalisation. Internationalisation has moved from a peripheral to a very central activity in most institutions of higher education. The purpose of the workshop is to explore, together with the participating rectors, vice-rectors, presidents and top management, the different options on how to strategically work with internationalisation to reach its full potential for the benefit of the higher education institution. The workshop will analyse the role of internationalisation in the overall university context, how internationalisation can contribute to the fulfilment of the vision and goals of the institution, to quality enhancement in education and research as well as to increase the attractiveness of the of the institution for faculty and students. The workshop will examine the international setting of higher education in which the universities find themselves, look at the impact of the global environment of higher education on higher education institutions and how this can be used to their advantage.

    Gudrun Paulsdottir, Stockholm University, Sweeden

    Uwe Brandenburg
    13:00 - 17:00
    Measure your internationalisation progress and make the change happen
    This workshop is designed to introduce the participant to the various ways of monitoring the progress of internationalisation. It will introduce individual tools and approaches, such as which not only monitor the progress of internationalisation but also help in developing internationalisation policy and specific activities for higher education institutions. An example of such tool might be the memo© factors, which is a psychometric tool measuring the real attitudes of people involved in internationalisation. The workshop will explore how different instruments are used to demonstrate how HEIs make use of them depending on their goals, institutional set up and experience to date. How do they make sense of developments in internationalisation? How do they initiate change? How do they improve the processes, mind-sets and ultimately results of internationalisation activities? The participants will leave the training with an in-depth knowledge of the desired successes, necessary challenges and pitfalls to be avoided in internationalisation and in its quality control. They will also have a thorough understanding of the ways in which monitoring and training intertwine.

    Dr Uwe Brandenburg, CHE Consult, Germany

    Lambert Verveld
    13:00 - 17:00
    Financial Management and its Change toward Internationalization
    When resources are scarce, university leadership must reach for proven solutions to create and maintain an international profile. Leadership must plan how to support the modernisation of the institutional financial management to achieve the goals of internationalisation. Its governors must decide which facilities are necessary, find ways to finance their activities and discuss the level of units’ financial autonomy. How, as leaders, can we change the way the university is governed and how its structure is organized for achieving higher quality and building the right capacity? How can we bring about the change and communicate it internally? In this workshop the participants will explore the different challenges internationalization poses to universities in regards to financing their internationalising activities. When discussing how support for internationalization could be organized (at the central or at the faculty level), we will explore the possibilities of increasing the effectiveness of our activities through case studies. The workshop leader will lay out the main issues and propose recommendations to be further discussed with the participants. We will look at the different stages of internationalization development in our organizations as related to the existing internationalisation strategies and see how governance and management can support the financing solutions.

    Dr Lambert Verveld, University of Groningen, The Netherlands