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2015-Assessing the Quality of Internationalisation

The CeQuInt Conference – 26 & 27 February, Paris (France)

The CeQuInt Conference – 26 & 27 February, Paris (France)

This conference focuses on quality in internationalisation and aims to answer the most pertinent questions from a quality assurance perspective. What is considered quality in internationalisation? How can a programme or an institution self-assess its internationalisation? What here differentiates programmes from institutions? Which evidence can institutions and programmes provide to demonstrate quality in internationalisation to experts and peers? Are there any good practices and can we learn from them?

Quality assurance and internationalisation agencies have developed and tested a methodology to assess the quality of internationalisation at both the level of programmes and institutions. The overall aim was to provide a methodology to (self)-assess the quality of internationalisation in higher education and to help enhance (the quality of) internationalisation. A welcome outcome of the developed methodology is that ECA will now be able to reward good quality in internationalisation of programmes & institutions. The first Certificates for Quality in Internationalisation will be awarded at the conference. In addition, ECA will publish good practices on a newly developed internationalisation platform.


The programme of the conference is intended to guide participants from the current issues in internationalisation towards an understanding of the concept of quality in internationalisation.

The impressive line-up of speakers will present the state of the art in internationalisation, its quality and its future.
The conference aims to present the current state of affairs in internationalisation and its potential in the future, to provide stakeholder perspectives on the importance of the quality of internationalisation, to highlight the most important issues when (self-)assessing internationalisation, to identify good practices in internationalisation and to award Certificates for Quality in Internationalisation.

Venue: ASIEM; 6, rue Albert de Lapparent, 75007 Paris, France (travel guide, we provide a list of hotels near to the venue)

26 February 2015
09:00Overture: Welcome addressChair: Rafael van Grieken, Chairperson, European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA)
 Mme Patricia POL, Responsable de la Mission Europe et international pour la recherche, l’innovation et l’enseignement supérieur,
Ministère de l’Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la RechercheFrançois Pernot, Head advisor of the “European and International Mission”,
Haut Conseil de l’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur (HCERES)
Marie-Jo Goedert, Adviser for international affairs,
Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur (CTI)
09:30Keynotes: The State of Internationalisation in Higher Education
 Laura Howard
President, European Association for International Education (EAIE)Ulrich Grothus
Deputy Secretary General, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Harmony or Discord: Where is Internationalisation Going?
 Bernd Wächter
Director, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)
11:30Re-Tuning: A Methodological Perspective on Quality in Internationalisation
 Axel Aerden
CeQuInt Coordinator
12:00Solos or Symphony:
Stakeholder’s Perspectives on the Assessment of InternationalisationModerator: Rolf Heusser, Spanish  National Agency for the Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) 
 Karolina Pietkiewicz, European Students’ Union (ESU) Tia Loukkola, European University Association (EUA) Alexandre Wipf,European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) Laura Howard, European Association for International Education (EAIE)
14:00Etude: Breakout Sessions on Assessing InternationalisationIn this session, participants will discuss which elements are essential to demonstrate and assess achievements in internationalisation. Participants will discuss one issue from the perspective of the programme or institution (“to demonstrate”) and the perspective of the assessment panel (“to assess”).
 Breakout session 1: Intended Internationalisation (Institutional level),
Moderator: Eugenia Llamas, CeQuInt Expert, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP)Breakout session 2: International & Intercultural Learning Outcomes,
Moderator: Marie-Jo Goedert, CeQuInt Partner, Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs (CTI)Breakout session 3: Action Plans (Institutional level),
Moderator: Đurđica Dragojević, CeQuInt Partner, Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE)Breakout session 4: Teaching and Learning (Programme level),
Moderator: Ann Demeulemeester, CeQuInt Partner, Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
15:30Coffee Break
16:00Cantate: Plenary session
 Feedback from the break-out sessions
16:30Sonata: Internationalisation policies, perceptions, practices – Reflections on the first day
 Hans de Wit
Director of the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation, Universita Cattolica Sacro Cuore; Professor of Internationalisation of Higher Education, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
  17:00 End of the conference day
27 February 2015
09:00The Greek Chorus: First-hand Accounts from Assessment Procedures
 The perspective of a programme,
by  Alexandra Pfleger, CeQuInt Pilot, Europa-Institut Saarland University, GermanyThe perspective of an institution,
by Mari Pohjola, CeQuInt Pilot, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, FinlandThe perspective of a panel member,
by Eva Werner, CeQuInt Expert, University of Applied Sciences Krems, Austria
10:00Polystylism: Breakout sessions on Good Practices in InternationalisationIn this session, participants will discuss how to define a good or examplary practice in internationalisation such as the elements that demonstrate an individual good practice and how good practices can nurture the further development of quality in internationalisation.
 Breakout session 1, Moderator: Maria Weber, CeQuInt Partner, AustriaBreakout session 2, Moderator: Maciej Markowski, CeQuInt Partner, PolandBreakout session 3, Moderator: Eva Reka Fazekas, CeQuInt Expert, HungaryBreakout session 4, Moderator: Erazem Bohinc, CeQuInt Expert, Slovenia
11:00Coffee Break
11:30Aria: Plenary session
 Feedback from the break-out sessions
11:45The Full Score: The Publication of Good Practices and Certificates
 Thomas Blanc de la Carrerre
Project officer, Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders
12:15The Award Ceremony: Certificates for Quality in Internationalisation
 All coordinators of ECA members
12:45The Last Note
 Rafael van Grieken
Chairperson, European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA)
13:00End of the Conference


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 is President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE, 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 is the Deputy Secretary-General and Director for Strategy of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD. 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 is the Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA, 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 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 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 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 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.


Download ALL presentations in ONE ZIP file

Keynotes: The State of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Harmony or Discord: Where is Internationalisation Going?

Re-Tuning: A Methodological Perspective on Quality in Internationalisation

Etude: Breakout Sessions on Assessing Internationalisation

Sonata: Internationalisation policies, perceptions, practices – Reflections on the first day

The Greek Chorus: First-hand Accounts from Assessment Procedures

The Award Ceremony: Certificates for Quality in Internationalisation

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