The following speakers are sharing their experience at this conference:

Keynotes and reflections

The keynotes and reflections present the current state of affairs in internationalisation and its potential in the future. The speakers intend to provide their perspectives on internationalisation and the development of quality as an issue for internationalisation.

In order of appearance.

Laura Howard, President of EAIELaura Howard is President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE, www.eaie.org). Founded in 1989, the EAIE is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education. EAIE’s annual conference is the largest higher education conference in Europe, bringing together 5000 participants from all over Europe and the world.
Laura Howard is lecturer at the University of Cadiz in Spain. She has two decades of experience in international relations management, holding several institutional internationalisation posts (such as Director of European Projects, Director of International Relations and General Director of External Promotion). In addition, she has been active on the national and international level. She has chaired the Spanish Rectors’ Conference’s Commission for International Promotion and is currently Vice-President of the Compostela Group of Universities.
Laura Howard will talk about EAIE’s 25 years of seeing internationalisation change and she will give the audience a preview of the results of the EAIE barometer, a study into the current state of affairs regarding internationalisation in EHEA countries and into the key developments and challenges in the field.
Ulrich Grothus, DAAD's Deputy Secretary-General Ulrich Grothus is the Deputy Secretary-General and Director for Strategy of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD. www.daad.de). The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Each year, it supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers worldwide (making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind). The DAAD also promotes the internationalisation efforts of German universities and helps developing countries to build their own higher education systems.
Before joining the DAAD in 1988, Ulrich Grothus was first a journalist and worked for the International Division of the West German Rectors’ Conference. Before becoming Deputy Secretary-General, he held seven different positions at the DAAD: Spokesman and head of the president’s office, Head of General Affairs of International Academic Cooperation, Program Director Southern Hemisphere, Program Director Northern Hemisphere, Director of the Paris Office, Director of Supraregional Programs and Director of the New York Office. He has served as Vice-President of the Academic Cooperation Association from 2011 until 2013.
Ulrich Grothus will talk about the role a national agency plays in driving internationalisation and include DAAD’s global perspective on higher education and its internationalisation.
Bernd Wächter, Director of ACABernd Wächter is the Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA, www.aca-secretariat.be). Founded in 1993, ACA is a European network of all major organisations responsible in their countries for the promotion of internationalisation in education and training which aims to promote innovation and internationalisation of European higher education.
Bernd Wächter has a long career in international higher education. He has worked for the University of Kassel, the British Council, the Fachhochschule Darmstadt, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). At the DAAD, he was the head of the EU division. From the DAAD he moved to the Brussels Socrates Office where he was the director for Higher Education (Erasmus). In 1998, he became ACA Director. He has published widely on international higher education and is a frequent speaker at major governmental and stakeholder conferences in Europe and beyond.
Bernd Wächter will talk about where internationalisation is going. From his personal experience, he will give insights regarding the state of internationalisation and perhaps even answer the question whether internationalisation has a future.
Hans de Wit, Professor of Internationalisation of Higher EducationHans de Wit is Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and professor of internationalisation of higher education at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He is also research associate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Hans de Wit is founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the Founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’. He is a prolific and influential writer on international education (articles, handbooks, blog at University W0rld News) and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy for the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IMHE/OECD, IAU, and the European Parliament. For his scholarship, Hans de Wit has received awards from the University of Amsterdam (2006), AIEA (2006 and 2013), CIEE (2004 and 2006), NAFSA (2002) and EAIE (1999 and 2008).
Hans de Wit will reflect on the conference’s proceedings and relate issues raised at the conference to some of the findings of the internationalisation mapping exercise he is currently undertaking to prepare a forthcoming report for the EU Parliament.

The Greek Chorus

The Greek Chorus (χορός) is a group of performers in the plays of classical Greece, who comment on the dramatic action. The speakers in the Greek Chorus will reflect on the developed methodology to assess the quality of internationalisation and on the pilot procedure(s) they took part in.
Eva WernerEva Werner is Rector of the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. In this capacity, she is responsible for the quality assurance of the degree programmes offered at the IMC Krems. She is furthermore a member of the Steering Board of the Association of the Universities of Applied Sciences Austria, a Member of several working groups of the Austrian University Conference, and a member of the Board of Directors and the assessment group of Tourism and Hospitality Education (Center of Excellence, Australia).
Eva Werner has been an Austrian Bologna Expert and also actively contributed to the implementation of the Bologna process other countries. She is regarded as an expert in curriculum development and the development of internationalisation. She has a well-developed affinity with internationalisation which started as student studying in Austria, France and Canada.
Eva Werner is part of ECA’s Expert Pool for the Assessment of Internationalisation. She has acted as a chair of assessment panels throughout the development and testing phase of the assessment methodology. She will reflect on the role of the panel and its application of the methodology and focus on the challenges when assessing the quality of internationalisation.
Alexandra PflegerAlexandra Pfleger is Head of Program at the Europa-Institut at Saarland University. She holds a PhD in comparative literature and has been working with the Europa-Institut since 2009.
Alexandra Pfleger coordinated the self-evaluation exercise at the Europa Institut and will present a programme’s perspective on the assessment methodology and the assessment procedure.
Mari PohjolaMari Pohjolais Planning Officer in International Affairs at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Situated in the Greater Helsinki area, Laurea is the 4th biggest university of applied sciences in Finland offering Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes both in Finnish and English. Studies at Laurea follow the unique Learning by Developing model.
Mari Pohjola started her international career already during studies in Finland and Spain with active participation in international student union activities. After her M.A. from the University of Jyväskylä she has been working in higher education institutions developing international education on both institutional and departmental levels. In her work at Laurea she has various responsibilities in the planning, coordinating and executing of international affairs with a special focus on internationalisation of studies and mobility.’
Mari Pohjola actively contributed to the self-evaluation exercise at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences and will present an institutional perspective on the assessment methodology and the assessment procedure.