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Cercle de Lorraine, Place Poelaert, Brussels, BelgiumPoelaertplein 6
Background and theme
Back in 2002, ACA already explored the implications of virtual reality on the internationalisation of higher education. We have talked about the redefinition of mobility or academic exchange in light of virtual reality, the possibilities and limits of virtual mobility, the virtual learning cultures, the imagination of a “Global U” or “European University” initiative as an incentive for advancing international virtual education, etc. (see Wächter, B. (2002) The Virtual Challenge to International Cooperation in Higher Education).
The same issues are becoming hot topics of discussion again with the rapid development of digitalisation tools for administration, education, and research activities, and the introduction of digitalisation policies at European, national and institutional levels to promote the adoption of innovative tools and approaches.
In the 61st European Policy Seminar, ACA will revisit the topic of physical and virtual mobility from the perspective of policy makers and practitioners driving internationalisation agendas in their respective institutions. We will take you on a journey into the future of Europe’s digital agenda for the new Erasmus programme and other national mobility programmes, provide you with demos and direct Q&A opportunities with developers of digital infrastructure and tools for internationalisation, and guide you through new data-driven approaches for strategizing internationalisation efforts.
Who should attend?
The one-day intensive programme is to tie together all cross-cutting issues related to internationalisation and digitalisation, and bring together policy makers and practitioners for an all-round discussion on policies and practices.
Our traditional target participants are policy makers and staff members working on internationalisation matters:
- senior management staff charting internationalisation strategies;
staff members of internationalisation offices;
coordinators of international study programmes;
staff members of marketing, recruitment and admissions offices;
researchers and analysts of national bodies and universities active in the field of internationalisation.
Particularly for this seminar, universities that are newly selected or preparing for the upcoming rounds of the European Universities Initiative or other global university alliances should find the programme relevant in preparation of the challenges of “deep integration” using digital tools.
Of course, the mainstreaming of internationalisation and digitalisation means that our programme will not only benefit our traditional target groups but any higher education professionals or academics actively involved in both internationalisation and digitalisation activities.
All are welcome. We believe that diversity and inclusion will only benefit the entire discussion in this one-day seminar.