Mobility under the magnifying glass:
New insights, old challenges, future perspectives

Brussels, 3 December 2010


Europe seems rather unique on the world map of international student mobility, at least in one respect: the degree of visibility and support - be it academic, political or financial - granted to this phenomenon during the past decade within the ‘old continent’ is simply outstanding. But while various European states are undoubtedly keen to attract the ‘best and brightest’ foreign mobile students from around the world, to make European ‘youth’ more mobile, and to ensure that 20% of those graduating in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by 2020 will have had a study or training period abroad, do we really have a clear picture of European and global mobility developments? How accurate is our knowledge of this highly interesting phenomenon, and how might our understanding be deepened and refined?

The 4th ACA European Policy Seminar of this year will investigate these questions, as well as many other controversial aspects related to the international mobility phenomenon. With the help of high-calibre speakers, the seminar will endeavour to:

  • Bring new insights from a recently completed ACA study on European mobility trends, patterns and the caveats of international mobility statistics;
  • Provide a glance at the newest developments and most current thinking on academic mobility within the EU and the Bologna Process policy circles;
  • Investigate the challenging concept of academic staff mobility and its limitations;
  • Provide practical examples of how two different European countries profile themselves in terms of student and staff mobility, and how two universities cope with this work – what they aim to achieve, and how they view the impact, added value, and challenges involved in supporting inwards and outwards mobility;
  • Generate a lively and thought-provoking debate around some of the most entrenched ‘mobility myths’;
  • And, last but not least, serve up compelling food for thought on what the future might hold.

Read more about the ACA study on mobility developments in higher education:


27th in the series “European Policy Seminars” of the Academic Cooperation Association