Capacity Building for Internationalisation

Programme: Capacity Building for Internationalisation

Training: International Strategy Development

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, top management

Workshop Level: Advanced

This workshop is addressed to higher education leadership responsible for institution’s development and internationalisation. Internationalisation has moved from a peripheral to a central sphere in most institutions of higher education. The purpose of the workshop is to explore, together with the participating rectors, vice-rectors, presidents and top management, the different options on how to strategically work with internationalisation to reach its full potential for the benefit of the higher education institution. The workshop analyses the role of internationalisation in the overall university context, how internationalisation can contribute to the fulfilment of the vision and goals of the institution, to quality enhancement in education and research as well as to increase the attractiveness of the of the institution for faculty and students. The workshop examines the international setting of higher education, looks at the impact of the global environment of higher education on institutions and how this can be used to their advantage.

Training: Financial Management toward Internationalisation

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, financial management

Workshop Level: Advanced

When resources are scarce, university leadership must reach for proven solutions to create and maintain an international profile. Leadership must plan how to support the modernisation of the institutional financial management to achieve the goals of internationalisation. Its governors must decide which facilities are necessary, find ways to finance their activities and discuss the level of units’ financial autonomy. How, as leaders, can we change the way the university is governed and how its structure is organised for achieving higher quality and building the right capacity? How can we bring about the change and communicate it internally? In this workshop, the participants explore the different challenges internationalisation poses to universities in regards to financing their internationalising activities. When discussing how support for internationalisation could be organised (at the central or at the faculty level), the workshop explores the possibilities of increasing the effectiveness of activities through case studies. The workshop lays out the main issues and proposes recommendations to be further discussed with the participants. It looks at the different stages of internationalisation development in our organisations as related to the existing internationalisation strategies and see how governance and management can support the financing solutions.

Training: The Impact of Student Voice

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors for internationalisation and quality assurance

Workshop Level: Intermediate

Students have a huge choice in higher education institutions across the globe. Imagine that you knew what drives them to select yours in their education journey. A student journey starts with the recruitment process and it ends when graduates achieve alumni status. Everything that takes place at your university and every activity undertaken by your employees influences the student experience. Students share these experiences across the globe so your school can either gradually strengthen its reputation or become infamous overnight. The right student experience convinces the student to choose your university, it helps the student stay at your school and it influences how the alumnus engages with the alma mater after graduation, which includes financial giving throughout his or her life. Universities must care about the student experience to raise quality of teaching and service and find themselves on the path to excellence. This workshop will discuss the importance of student voice in shaping the student experience and raising quality of your higher education institution.

Training: Alumni Programme Strategies

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, top management

Workshop Level: Advanced

Alumni associations have two primary functions: alumni promote university brand (inter)nationally and financially support their alma mater. Moreover, they may further the employment of recent graduates. HEIs can support their alumni by providing continuing career services, executive education and alumni network and directory. This workshop will discuss creating a close-knit community of HEIs and alumni. It will cover the basics of day to day engagement and cooperation and will provide an overview of ways to care for alumni. It will focus on engaging alumni in teaching and learning processes, ways of benefiting from alumni feedback and mentor programmes. The workshop will also explore the relationships with alumni in the context of fundraising for the higher education institution when creating programmes in cooperation with business and industry.

Training: Fundraising for University Leaders

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, chancellors, top management

Workshop Level: Advanced

Fundraising for Higher Education institutions is one aspect of the advancement office at any university. The other facets are alumni relations, communications, and marketing. This course is designed to introduce higher education leaders to best practices associated with establishing or modifying the current practices to achieve an effective advancement office. The course will discuss setting expectations, creating alumni relations, role of the institutional leaders, and developing strategy.

Training: International Curriculum Development

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, top management

Workshop Level: Advanced

Higher education institutions educate for the future which is hard to predict due to the unprecedented shift in technological development. It has become apparent that to succeed, educators must teach core skills needed in a shifting working environment. Those include industry-dependent skills and soft skills (teamwork and collaboration, communication, adaptability, problem-solving, critical observation and conflict resolution). This workshop will discuss updating, redesigning and internationalising of the curriculum in view of short-term and long-term employability. It will take into consideration changes in the set of professional and academic skills and it will place interdisciplinary orientation, internships and international experience in the proper focus. A special attention will be given to internationalising of the curriculum so that the graduates have the necessary skills to be successful professionally and personally in a multicultural environment in any given location. We will discuss global perspectives, cross-cultural capabilities and responsible citizenship.

Training: Benchmarking & Measuring Progress

For Whom: Rectors, vice-rectors, top management

Workshop Level: Intermediate/Advanced

This workshop is designed to introduce the participant to the various ways of monitoring the progress of internationalisation. It will introduce individual tools and approaches, such as which not only monitor the progress of internationalisation but also help in developing internationalisation policy and specific activities for higher education institutions. An example of such tool is a psychometric tool measuring the real attitudes of people involved in internationalisation. The workshop explores how different instruments are used to demonstrate how HEIs make use of them depending on their goals, institutional setup and experience to date. How do they make sense of developments in internationalisation? How do they initiate change? How do they improve the processes, mindsets and ultimately results of internationalisation activities? The participants gain an in-depth knowledge of the desired successes, necessary challenges and pitfalls to be avoided in internationalisation and in its quality control. They also gain a thorough understanding of the ways in which monitoring and training intertwine.