The SGroup Network will be represented at the European Association for International Education's 28th annual conference in Liverpool, United Kingdom, which will take place on 13-16 September 2016. This year's theme is ‘Imagine…’. As international educators, we have a dream of higher education that transcends national borders, nurtures global citizens and moves us closer to freedom, equality and peace around the world.


The SGroup’s members will actively contribute to the event by organising workshops, panel sessions and the exhibitions. We invite both members and non-member universities to follow up the sessions listed below:


WORKSHOP 17: Grade conversion made easy: mastering Egracons and the ECTS

We expect our students to commit fully to their studies and achieve great things, whether studying at home or abroad – the least we can do is commit to the fair and transparent recognition of those achievements. This workshop will help you understand the principles and practicalities of grade conversion so that you can convert host-institution marks for inclusion on home-institution transcripts. Through this hands-on training, you’ll learn to develop institutional grading tables utilising ECTS 2015 recommendations as well as how to work autonomously with the free Egracons grade conversion tool. Participants are advised to bring their laptops.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn to generate a grading table from home data and estimate time and resources required.
  • Develop confidence in using and speaking about the Egracons tool.
  • Advocate for the adoption of standardised grade conversion at your and partner HEIs.


The session will take place on Tuesday 13 September at 13.30-17.00 at the Room 3A, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Valère Meus, Ghent University and Anthony Vickers, University of Essex as speaker chaired by Rafael de Paz, Universidad de León.


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SESSION 3.19: Data in internationalisation: from information to insight

For years we have been collecting data on different aspects of higher education and, more specifically, on internationalisation. In an ‘era of big data’, the structural use of qualitative standardised data sets is becoming more and more crucial for quality assessment, impact measurement and decision making in internationalisation. Starting from different perspectives, the session will offer you insight into how data could be structurally used in your daily context.

The session will take place on Wednesday 14 September at 14:30-15:30 at the Hall 2H1, Level -1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Andy Youell, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Magalie Soenen, Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and Paul Leys, Ghent University as speakers chaired by Axel Aerden, NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders).


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SESSION 4.05 Alumni Relations presents: going global, the future of alumni relations in Europe and beyond

The creation of global citizens is one of the goals of most higher education institutions, and it is through the alumni of the institution that the success of creating global citizens is assessed. In this Feature session, a panel of alumni relations experts will discuss the major issues and trends of the rapidly developing alumni relations programmes in European institutions of higher education.

The session will take place on Wednesday 14 September at 16:00-17:30 at the Room 4A, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Gretchen Dobson, Gretchen Dobson LLC, Serge Sych, Central European University, Gregory Makrides, University of Cyprus EAEC as speakers chaired by Philip Conroy, Conroy and Associates, USA


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SESSION 11.04: Erasmus+ Barometer 2014–2015 results: mobility and cooperation with partner countries

This session will present the results of the most recent Erasmus+ Barometer survey carried out by the European Association of Erasmus Coordinators with the support of the European Commission on the feedback collected by higher education institutions regarding the Erasmus+ programme and cooperation with partner countries.

The session will take place on Friday16 September at 10:30-11:30 at the Room 4A, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Gregory Makrides, University of Cyprus EAEC, Safi Sabuni, Erasmus Student Network, Sweden and Elena Tegovska, Universite libre de Bruxelles (ULB) as speaker chaired by Emma Zeniou, University of Cyprus.


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SESSION 3.1: How international-friendly is your university? An analysis of exchange students’ experiences'

How internationalised is your higher education institution (HEI) really? The Erasmus Student Network has carried out research evaluating the international friendliness of HEIs towards and according to international students. This session will present the results of this survey, particularly regarding topics such as academic and extracurricular activities, campus environment and student integration – as seen through the eyes of international students.

The session will take place on Wednesday 14 September at 14:00-15:00 at the Room 3A, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Mikuláš Josek, Erasmus Student Network (ESN), María Boquera, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and Solveig Gleser, Centre for Higher Education as speakers chaired by Adriana Pérez Encinas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.


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SESSION 7.05: Erasmus goes digital: the online learning agreements and Erasmus without Paper

Increasing numbers of mobile students create new challenges in handling student data. With, a tool for creating online learning agreements, and Erasmus without Paper, a project that aims to render the administrative side of Erasmus paperless, the process of managing mobile students at international offices is set to be greatly improved. This session will outline the main features of these new initiatives and give you the chance to provide feedback and share experiences.

The session will take place on Thursday 15 September at 11.30-12.30 at Hall 1C, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Valère Meus, Ghent University, Daphne Scherer, European Commission and Gaffar Rampage, Erasmus Student Network – ESN as speaker chaired by Joachim Wyssling, European University Foundation.


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SESSION 9.02 How higher education networks have responded to the refugee crisis

Refugees can face many barriers to accessing higher education. Some initiatives have been developed to help integrate them into Europe's education systems, including five networks: the EAEC, UNICA, UNIMED, COIMBRA and Santander Group. This session aims at offering an update on the cooperation between networks of universities in European and South Mediterranean countries to establish a model for supporting refugee students and academic staff to re-enter their academic careers.

The session will take place on Thursday 15 September at 15.30-16.30 at Hall 1B, Level 1, ACC.

The panel will be composed of Marcello Scalisi, UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union, Marina Malgina, NOKUT and Robert O'Dowd, SGroup European Universities’ Network as speaker chaired by Gregory Makrides, University of Cyprus EAEC.


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SESSION 4.06 Joint Programmes presents: Quality assurance in joint programmes

The last decade saw a global expansion in HEIs offering joint programmes. Ensuring the coherence of the entire study path and monitoring the quality of the joint educational offer are common concerns. This Feature session offers a benchmarking opportunity for joint programme coordinators on the internal quality assurance (QA) methods currently being used. We’ll seek good practice in an interactive Gallery Walk, based on the QA portion of the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).

The session will take place on Wednesday 14 September at 16:00-17:30 at Hall 2C, Level 1, ACC

The panel will be composed of Unni Kvernhusvik Sagberg, Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education (SIU),  Andries Verspeeten, Ghent University and Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) chaired by Axel Aerden, NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands & Flanders)


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SESSION 8.09: Senior International Officer perspectives: improving communication with university stakeholders

International activities depend on many actors and stakeholders within an institution. Who are the key actors and stakeholders that are vital to internationalisation? How do you motivate them to become more interested and invested in international activities and strategies? This interactive roundable discussion invites Senior International Officers to explore challenges, solutions, and best practices for improving communication and collaboration with internal stakeholders across campus.

The session will take place on Thursday 15 September at 14:00- 15:00 at the Room 11B , Level -1,ACC.


The panel will be composed of Marina Casals Sala, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, as speaker chaired by Leasa Weimer, EAIE Knowledge Development Adviser.


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