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Conference on Internationalisation of Higher Education

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21-23 November 2023

Hotel Passage, Brno

Main thematic areas:

Internationalisation for All

International experience is meant for everyone, regardless of their age, social background, family situation, health, ability to travel abroad, and other circumstances. Let’s look into students’ wellbeing, administrative and other barriers in international student support, welcome services, ESN, internationalisation at home, internationalisation of the curriculum, and communication with students with fewer opportunities and students with refugee background. How to identify these students and reach out to them? How to learn about and meet their needs? An equally important group is staff who can gain international experience by participating in staff mobilities, and by teaching international students. They need, however, to be met half-way when arranging their mobility and tackling a temporary absence from workplace. As for teaching international students, institutional support is also highly important. How to motivate and help staff to enhance the international dimension of their practice?

Digital Age

Digital technologies have significantly impacted the way we learn and teach. As technology continues to advance, digital competencies and instruments, such as AI, have become an integral part of both academic and professional life. Educational institutions are expected to embrace the digital age and take advantage of the benefits and new opportunities it brings. These range from digitalisation of administration to virtual teaching and learning. What are the current challenges and good practices regarding digital administration? How to motivate and support teachers and students who partake in online tuition? Moreover, digital transformation plays a role in achieving other priorities in higher education, such as inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and affordability, e.g., via blended mobilities and virtual exchange programmes. How can we best leverage digital tools for a greater inclusion? 

Cooperation Within Academia and Beyond

Universities are key drivers of education, research, and innovation progress. To foster knowledge exchange, research collaboration and student mobility, international cooperation is a must. What are the latest trends in enhancing cooperation in education and research at a European and global level? How to cope with evolving forms of transnational cooperation in the higher education sector, such as blended intensive programmes, joint degrees, and mutual recognition? Let´s examine various models of international collaboration, including (but not exclusively) the ambitious European Universities Initiative and possible synergies between European Education and European Research Area. 

Applicants – Students – Alumni

Working with international students starts before their enrolment at the university, and, ideally, never ceases. One works with them not only during the decision-making phase, the admission process, and throughout their studies, but also afterwards through alumni agendas. All these stages create a cycle. Inherently, different needs arise in each state for the student, and they must be addressed. It stands to reason that marketing and continuous work at the local, regional, and national levels are closely tied to this, and are of great importance. What are the tasks during the individual phases of the cycle? And why is it essential to approach working with students as a cycle?

 

Past conferences

2022

On the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, the fourth CZEDUCON conference was, for the first time, elevated to the European level. The conference attracted over 450 people who shape the European educational space and decide on its future form. Together, they discussed the development of strategies and policies in the field of higher education. 

2021

The third CZEDUCON conference took place a year later than planned due to the pandemic. The theme of the conference was (Un)prepared for change. Both Czech and international experts explored new challenges that higher education faced, whether caused by the pandemic or other reasons. The conference was held online, with over 700 participants.

2019

The second annual CZEDUCON conference with a focus on internationalisation of higher education hosted over 500 participants who could choose from 42 speeches, panel discussions and workshops by 70 speakers. Among the main speakers were EAIE President Sabine Pendl, global higher education strategist Rahul Choudaha or ACA President Ulrich Grothus.

For more information please contact us at czeducon@dzs.cz or +420 221 850 100

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