SGroup at EAIE Conference in Prague

The SGroup will be represented at the European Association for International Education's 26th annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic, which will take place on 16-19 September 2014.  This year's theme is 'Stepping into a new era', marking the significant transformations of the international education field.

This year the SGroup will participate in three sessions:

  • Session 5.01 Level ground: grade conversion and grading systems in Europe and beyond will focus on how grading tables may lead to a better global interpretation and harmonisation of grading systems, taking into consideration grade distribution, class rank, class rigor and word descriptors, for example. The results from the first testing phase of the Egracons conversion tool will be presented by Valère Meus, project co-ordinator and Luciano Saso, members of the SG Executive Committee. 

Chair: Valère Meus, Ghent University, Belgium

Speakers: Adam Tyson, European Commission, Belgium; Luciano Saso, University of Rome, Sapienza, Italy; Margaret Wenger, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc, USA

The session will will take place on Thursday 18 September at 11:30-12:30 atthe Prague Congress Centre, Level 0, Small Hall. Read more here


  • Session 5.13 Building transatlantic collaboration for excellence in doctoral education. The European funded TEE Erasmus Mundus project has developed a network for excellence in engineering between European, US and Canadian institutions. This session presents the results after two years of the project which is leading to a new approach for future doctoral education based on research collaboration. The project has helped foster mutual cooperation, creating a pool of expertise that will set the basis for the future implementation of joint doctoral education programmes in engineering. 

Chair: Wioletta Wegorowska, Santander Group European Universities Network

Speakers: Javier Orozco Messana, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia; Susan Nesbit, University of British Columbia, Department of Civil Engineering; Colbeau-Justin Christophe, Université Paris-Sud

The session will take place on Thursday 18 September at 11:30-12:30 at the Prague Congress Centre, Level 2, Meeting Hall V. Read more here


  • Session 7.10 Surviving the economic crisis: lean and mean or bruised and battered? Universities all over Europe have been hit by the economic crisis, some harder than others. What impact have budget cuts and austerity measures had on internationalisation strategies? In this session, you will hear how some institutions are coping in these hard times. Important lessons and best practices that may still be applied once economic recovery has taken hold will be shared.

Speakers include Barbara Costa, from the University of Porto, Portugal and Paolo Collini from the University of Trento, Italy​. This session is chaired by Rafael Bonete, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

The session takes place on Thursday 18 September at 15:00-16:00 at the Prague Congress Centre, Level 1, Club H.


  • Session 10.01 Paperless mobility: an old dream on the verge of reality. The number of documents used in mobility is large. Many student data, including mobility data, are stored locally, but most documents are still printed or sent in scanned versions. The Erasmus Without Paper platform is a European-wide effort to make the electronic exchange and access of mobility data possible, including digital signatures. In this session the characteristics of this platform and its implications will be discussed.

Chair: Luciano Saso, Sapienza University of Rome

Speakers: Simone Ravaioli, KION SpA, Italy; Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, European Commission, Belgium; Valère Meus, Ghent University / International Relations Office, Belgium

This session will take place on Friday 19 September at 10:00-11:00 at the Prague Congress Centre, Level 0, Small Hall.


Also, the IMOTION project will be presented by Luciano Saso, from Sapienza University of Rome at the European Commission's stand (STAND 203) along with other programmes and policies for mobility and cooperation in higher education. Special focus is given to the opportunities under Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.

To find out more about the conference and registrations, please follow this link.