The SGroup Network invites its members and partners to an informal get-together during the EAIE Annual Conference 2017 to the Bar Catedral: Calle Mateos Gagos, 5, Seville on 14th September at 19.00


We also recommend taking part in the sessions organised by or in collaboration with our member universities. The list of the sessions with indicated speakers from you can find below organised in the order of the sessions:

  • SESSION 03.02

Language and Culture presents: Internationalising education through virtual collaboration and exchange

Wednesday 13 Sept. 13:30-15:00

Due to an increase in ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity, universities are turning to virtual exchange as a tool to internationalise their classrooms, enhance students’ intercultural and collaboration skills, and train teaching staff for the international classroom. This session will provide university educators and leaders with an introduction to the subject and present examples of how virtual exchange is being employed in projects involving different European partners. 

CHAIR:  JENNIFER VALCKE, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


ROBERT O'DOWD, Universidad de León , Spain

ELENA ROMERO ALFARO, University of Cadiz, Faculty of Education, Spain


  • SESSION 04.09

Creating unity on campus: professional development for university administrators

Wednesday 13 Sept.  15:30-16:30

A university community is a mosaic of cultures: faculty, students and administrators, ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ sciences, people from different countries and backgrounds, etc. In light of all of this precious diversity, what are some effective tools for creating a shared space of values? This session discusses professional development programmes, tailored to strategic goals and challenges, as a mechanism for ensuring that faculty and staff are on board with the priorities of their institutions.

CHAIR: BARBARA COSTA, University of Porto, Portugal


MARINA CASALS SALA, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain

YULIA GRINKEVICH, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation


  • SESSION 04.16

Exploring different approaches to virtual exchange and collaborative online learning

Wednesday 13 Sept. 15:30-16:30

Virtual exchange, also known as telecollaboration or COIL, involves engaging learners in structured online intercultural collaboration projects with cohorts of learners from other cultural contexts. This session will provide university educators and administrators with examples of different approaches to virtual exchange in higher education as well as an introduction to the basic steps for integrating the activity in their institutions.

CHAIR:  ROBERT O'DOWD, Universidad de León, Spain


FRANCESCA HELM, University of Padova, Dept of Political Science, Law and International Studies, Italy



  • SESSION 05.15

Organisational change: from management nightmare to opportunity

Thursday 14 Sept. 09:30-10:30

Change management is particularly challenging in the context of mergers, new strategic plans and the formation of partnerships – all of which many higher education institutions across Europe have experienced in the last few years. This interactive session will outline how such changes can be seen as opportunities for fostering diversity and how they can impact organisations for the better.

CHAIR:  SABINE SAINTE-ROSE, Université Grenoble Alpes, France


ERIKA DABHILKAR, International Office, Uppsala University, Sweden

RAMON ELLENBROEK, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands


  • SESSION 05.17

Online education as a tool to build international partnerships

Thursday 14 Sept. 09:30-10:30

This session provides insight into the opportunities and challenges of leveraging online education to bring your international collaborations to the next level. We’ll discuss an innovative model of blended learning in the field of health sciences that combines a summer school with online courses. You will leave the session with an understanding of the use of online learning in international programmes and new ideas and solutions for tools that will work in your own institutional environment.

CHAIR: KARIN FRYDENLUND, Malmö University, International Office, Sweden


MAGGY OVAA, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands



  • SESSION 06.01

Erasmus 2.0: Let’s get rid of the paperwork!

Thursday 14 Sept. 11:30-12:30

Paperwork is one of the biggest obstacles to studying abroad, both for students and university staff members alike. In the past years, a range of initiatives have been introduced to tackle the issue. This session will present the major developments in this area and give practical examples on how university staff members can use digital technology to improve their work. Join this session to find out more about online learning agreements, the European student card and a paperless Erasmus.

CHAIR: STEFAN JAHNKE, European University Foundation, Luxembourg


VALÈRE MEUS, Ghent University / International Relations Office, Belgium

JOÃO PINTO, Erasmus Student Network, Belgium


  • SESSION 06.02

Partnership evaluation: managing a mosaic of cultures

Thursday 14 Sept. 11:30-12:30

International partnerships are high on university leadership groups’ agendas. Internationalised universities have a large number of international partners and cooperate on a broad range of activities. Quality assurance and the management of these partnerships present a challenge. This session will introduce various institutional case studies that have been proven successful. The approaches will be compared and contrasted based on the type of partnerships they are seeking to evaluate.

CHAIR: IRINA FERENCZ, ACA (Academic Cooperation Association), Belgium


INNES IRELAND, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

PAUL LEYS, Ghent University, Belgium


  • SESSION 06.08

Joint degree programmes: how to cook them

Thursday 14 Sept. 11:30-12:30

Joint degree programmes have developed into a key tool for internationalising the curriculum. This session will provide an introduction into the variety of joint degree programmes among institutions abroad, giving special hints on best practice for setting up and managing joint-programme consortia. Special emphasis will be on the problems faced when designing curricula for courses at institutions from different educational systems and the management of partnerships, including financial aspects.

CHAIR: SVEND POLLER, Universität Leipzig - International Centre, Germany


J GREENFIELD, University of Porto, Portugal

FRANCESCO GIROTTI, University of Bologna, Italy


  • SESSION 06.11

Gaining buy-in for your internationalisation strategy through improved internal communication

Thursday 14 Sept. 11:30-12:30

How to get participation and buy-in for your Internationalisation strategy? This highly interactive session will present tools to address faculty, staff and higher administration by using effective internal communication strategies. Best practices in the institutional cultures of North American and European institutions will be provided, and there will be a larger reflection on how to manage internal communication efficiently to ensure engagement and make internationalisation happen!

CHAIR: RÉGINE LEGAULT-BOUCHARD, University of Ottawa, Canada


SABINE SAINTE-ROSE, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

CAROLINE RENAUD, University of Ottawa, Canada


  • SESSION 06.12

Internationalisation's hidden force: administrative staff as agents of change

Thursday 14 Sept.  11:30-12:30

This session will discuss how to target all staff through a training course on internationalisation. Speakers will present a European report on systemic changes towards internationalisation, which gathers existing good practices in the transformation of institutions into truly international universities, and share assessment tools to measure the impact of training in internationalisation for administrative staff. You’ll take away good practices and practical tools to use at your institution.

CHAIR: MARINA CASALS SALA, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain


FIONA HUNTER, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (CHEI), Italy

UWE BRANDENBURG, Global Impact Institute s.r.o., Czech Republic


  • SESSION 08.04

MOUs A to Z: steps for successful governance of international agreements

Friday 15 Sept. 09:00-10:00

Too many international agreements? Too little value added from each? Your institution is certainly not alone. In this session, we will walk you through the full governance cycle of international cooperation agreements. We’ll cover concrete strategies to optimise institutional agreements, starting with the application and approval process, followed by a systematic assessment of the quality of the selected partnerships, both from a centralised and from a decentralised perspective.

CHAIR: TANIA GENEL, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium


ALEJANDRA- MARIA VILALTA - PERDOMO,  Tecnológico de Monterrey, México, Mexico

PAUL LEYS,  Ghent University, Belgium


  • SESSION 08.11

International branch campuses: trends and success stories

Friday 15 Sept. 09:00-10:00

Against a backdrop of growth in transnational education, international branch campuses (IBCs) continue to appear around the world: at present, around 250 IBCs exist in more than 75 countries, enrolling more than 180,000 students. This session will share worldwide trends in IBCs, the perspectives of particular institutions with successful branch campuses and the motivations, challenges and benefits of opening a new IBC.

CHAIR: RACHAEL MEROLA, Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, United Kingdom


YVES BERTHELOT, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

ALASTAIR ROSS, University of Kent, United Kingdom


  • SESSION 09.03

Mapping internationalisation: tools and practices in quality assurance

Friday 15 Sept. 10:30-11:30

In recent years, large-scale efforts have been made to develop tools for the assessment, benchmarking and recognition of internationalisation activities in higher education. This session will discuss current developments in the European Consortium for Accreditation’s (ECA) Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation and Nuffic’s online tool for mapping internationalisation (MINT), with a focus on gathering critical perspectives and new and innovative practices from different stakeholders.

CHAIR: HENDRIK JAN HOBBES, Nuffic, Netherlands


MADALENA FONSECA, University of Porto, Portugal


Further more, we take this opportunity to highlight Ghent University's most recent international recgonition, which fits, entirety, the conference scope of the EAIE conference:


Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation

Recognising a European higher education institution for its exceptional efforts to promote internationalisation, this year’s Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation goes to Ghent University in Belgium.

This institution has been at the forefront of the implementation of all European higher education funding programmes since the start of the Erasmus programme, and they have continued to contribute as coordinators of critical projects such as the EGRACONS and the eQuATIC tool.

Come learn from university representatives about the steps Ghent University has taken to develop its comprehensive internationalisation strategy during their session at EAIE Seville 2017.