The International Campus

Budapest, 20-22 June 2004

In partnership with the Tempus Public Foundation (TPF), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Central European University (CEU) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

The ACA-organised conference ‘The International Campus’ successfully took place in Budapest from 20 until 22 June 2004.

The conference, organised in partnership with the Tempus Public Foundation (TPF), the Institute of International Education (IIE), the Central European University (CEU) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, attracted around 200 participants, amongst which were political decision-makers, academics and practitioners of internationalisation from all over Europe, and featured high-level speakers, experts of internationalisation, such as Eva Egron-Polak (Secretary General of IAU), Yehuda Elkana (President and Rector of CEU), Allan Goodman (President and CEO of IIE), and Hanneke Teekens (Director, Department for Academic Relations, Nuffic).

The aim of the conference was to reflect upon the ingredients for a truly international education, in other words, searching and analysing instruments that could allow for a wider participation of students with regards to mobility and reflecting upon the benefits, as well as challenges, of an international campus. Amongst the main issues explored during the conference were the role of international offices in the creation of international campuses, languages and international learning, the needs of students, and the demands of industry and the international labour market on the internationalisation of universities.

One interesting aspect of this conference was that the issue of internationalisation of education was explored by the perspectives of both policy makers and teaching staff, as well as students, thus allowing for a variety of new innovative ideas and different points of view to be exchanged.

At the end of the conference, ACA received a very positive feedback from the participants, with regards both to the content of the conference as well as the organisation and the social programme. ACA is very grateful to the Tempus Public Foundation, Institute of International Education, and the Central European University for their help in the organisation of the conference, and to the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft for their financial contribution.