Quality in international university partnerships - newlyweds, happily married, in marital counselling or on the verge of divorce





Thursday, 12 October 2017


17.30  An out of the ordinary Guided Tour with Derek Blyth (max. 20 participants, pre-registration required)

19.00 Seminar dinner


 Venue: Club de la Fondation Universitaire

            Rue d’ Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

Friday, 13 October 2017





Registrations and Coffee


Welcome and introduction

Irina Ferencz,  Deputy Director ACA, Brussels, Belgium)



KEY trends in...

International university partnerships- diversification or back to 'old'models?

Markus Laitinen, President, EAIE, (Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Helsinki, Finland)

 Quality assurance vs. quality enhancement in international collaborations - recent developments

Mark Frederiks, Coordinator international policy, NVAO, ( The Hague, the Netherlands) 


Coffee Break


Roundtable discussion- Strategic partnerships in Erasmus+: recent trends, quality, the future...

Elena Tegovska,  Policy Officer-Higher Education Erasmus +- Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission (Brussels, Belgium)

Vidar Pedersen ,Head of Department Higher Education, SIU (Bergen, Norway)

Alenka Flander, Director, CMEPIUS (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

    Kess Kouwenaar,Senior Advisor international strategy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The    Netherlands)


Quality in practice- some big DOs and even bigger DON'Ts in international collaborations

 Fiona Hunter, Associate Director, Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy)


Lunch Break


Parallel tracks- Innovative practices in...

Enhancing quality in joint study programmes – Track 1

Hasan Sinemillioglu, Program Coordinator Iraq Programme at School of Planning at Tu Dotmund University, (Dortmund, Germany) & Gruehn Dietwald, Professor Dr Tu Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning (Dortmund, Germany)

Wicher Schreuders, EM Assistant Coordinator, EMLE, Erasmus University Rotterdam,  (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

 Evaluating collaborations– Track 2

Nataliya Butych, Regional Coordinator, for central & Eastern Europe, Coordination Strategic Partnership St Petersburg, (Hannover, Germany)

Paul Leys, Policy advisor International Relations Office, Ghent University, (Ghent, Belgium)


Coffee Break


Parallel tracks- Innovative practises in...

Research Collaborations – Track 3

Riva Nepomuk,  Coordinator Graduate School "Performing Sustainability", University of Hildesheim, (Hildesheim, Germany), Tijani Abba Isa,  Ag. Director, Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri, (Maiduguri, Nigeria) & Patrick Ose-Kufou, Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast (Cape Coast, Ghana)

Caspar de Bok, Head of International Affairs, Utrecht University - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, (Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Benedicte Solheim, Project Leader, Project Internationalisation, Oslo & Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, (Oslo, Norway)

 Multidimensional partnerships – Track 4

Baiba PētersoneDirector International Department, Rīga Stradiņš University, (Rīga, Latvia)

Anne-Sophie LohmeierManaging Director of AWARE (Applied NetWork on Automotive Research & Education, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt; THI, (Ingolstadt, Germany) & Fabio Reway, Research Assistant, THI, (Ingolstadt, Germany) / UFPR  (Curitiba, Brazil) 



Evaluating partnerships- today's imperative? From a Belgian to a European model 

  Neil Kemp,  Director, NK Education, (Lewes, UK)


 Conclusions and farewell  
  Bernd Wächter, Director, ACA (Brussels, Belgium)