Internationalisation in Higher Education: Challenges, Trends and Priorities

Internationalisation in Higher Education: Challenges, Trends and Priorities

Online event for EUF universities

Date: March 21st, 2024, 10:30AM – 12:30PM CET

Registration is open to International Relation Office Managers, including Vice-Rectors and Policy Advisors in internationalisation from EUF network universities.


This session will allow participants to exchange views on the current trends, challenges, and priorities of internationalisation in higher education.

These past years have proven to be challenging for the higher education community, with multiple geopolitical and environmental crises, as well as societal and political events and priorities impacting its operations, notably its internationalisation sector. Indeed, it may seem as if we are in a perpetual state of crisis.

At the same time, renewed modes of cooperation have emerged, including blended mobility programmes and European University alliances, arising from a desire to sustain and deepen cooperation among higher education institutions in the context of the European Education Area and beyond. How have these trends and challenges impacted the internationalisation policies and daily operations of international offices? What lessons have been learned? What can we learn from each other about the evolving role of internationalisation?

The session will be chaired by Andries Verspeeten, Deputy Head of International Office, Ghent University.


Introduction by Andries Verspeeten
Key-note: 'European Higher Education in the world: An overview of recent trends in the internationalisation of higher education' by Filip Van Depoele, Head of Unit International Cooperation at the European Commission, DG EAC.
Q&A followed by a discussion
Panel on 'Impact of (geo)political developments on higher education, particularly on internationalisation and the role of European higher education institutions and international offices' with: Klementyna Kielak, University of Warsaw; Afra Schacher, University of Zürich; Martine Wierenga, Erasmus University of Rotterdam; Eszter Knyihár, Eötvös Loránd University.
Group discussions in break-out rooms
Reporting from the group discussions and plenary discussion
Conclusions & Wrap-up

Agenda subject to change.