Conference Partners & Patrons


  • Day One
    8:00 - 9:00
    Networking Coffee & Registration
    Martin van Dijk
    9:00 - 9:15
    Welcome by Martin van Dijk, Cultural attaché at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Warsaw, Poland)
    9:15 - 11:00
    SPECIAL EVENT: The Dutch Approach to Internationalisation and Employability

    During the event, the team of Dutch internationalisation specialists from EP-Nuffic will share knowledge and exchange good practices showing the Dutch approach to internationalisation and to the retention of international students to the labour market and to the Netherlands. Analysing the Dutch case study we will discuss the necessary ecosystem of activities that leads to capacity building toward increased employability of graduates, successful promotion of education as related to employability and international accreditations strengthening successful internationalisation. This event is meant to increase awareness of expertise needed for strategic internationalisation leading to employment of international students.
    This session is open to the public.

    Registration is required at


    Katrien Bardoel, senior Policy Officer at the International Recognition Department, EP-Nuffic

    Susanne Feiertag, Programme Coordinator, EP-Nuffic

    Beer R.E.V.M. Schröder, Advisor to the EP-Nuffic Board of Directors, EP-Nuffic

    11:00 - 11:30
    Morning Networking & Coffee
    Gintautas JakštasJustyna GiezynskaMarkus Dettenhofer
    11:30 - 13:00
    SESSION ONE Higher Education in Service to Society: Managing Expectations of Post-Graduation Employment
    HEIs focus on their mission related to education and science; less often they describe their service related to the usability of the produced knowledge. Yet, today’s reality demands the transfer of knowledge onto social capital – in an international context. We will attempt to assess the expectations of the stakeholders in higher education (international students, employers and higher education institutions) regarding future employment of graduates on a global scale. We will look at how HEIs adjust to the demands of the globalizing labour market, keeping in mind the issue of HEI’s academic independence. Basing on the Dutch example and cases from the region, we will discuss how the globally-connected labour market demands the internationalization of the curriculum and how that leads to expanding capacity and modernization of the entire institution.


    Justyna Giezynska, President, Luminar Foundation & CEO, Studybility

    Markus Dettenhofer, PhD, Executive Director, Central European Institute of Technology

    Gintautas Jakštas, Analyst, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA)

    13:00 - 14:00
    Liviu MateiNatalia StrokowskaPaul Blackmore
    14:00 - 15:30
    SESSION TWO Skills for Jobs, Skills for Innovation: Internationalizing the Curriculum

    HEIs educate for a short-term perspective (5 to 10 years after graduation) for the labour market and for a long-term one (20 to 30 years), producing architects of the future: scientists, researchers, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs creating jobs for today and the future. HEIs must be prepared to teach about these roles in an international and intercultural contexts. HEIs, science and business, often speaking in a different language, should cooperate to develop appropriate skills for the 21st-century global citizen. Can they do that the when more graduates is often understood as more unemployed people and employing international graduates might prove even more controversial? Simply supplying graduates, domestic or international, does not drive the economy: strategically crafted education at all levels resulting in qualified employees can. Internationalisation of the curriculum aids in this process.


    Paul Blackmore, Divisional Head for Student Employability & Academic Success, University of Exeter

    Liviu Matei, Provost and Pro-Rector, Central European University

    Afternoon Networking & Coffee
    Afra SajjadEdyta Lachowicz SantosRegina Simpson
    16:00 - 17:30
    SESSION THREE Fostering International Recognition: Accreditations and Alumni Networks for Better Employability

    How universities fit in the larger social context? We will discuss the role of accreditations in technical and professional education, including managerial degrees such as an MBA, against – or perhaps alongside – human thought development in humanities and social sciences. Necessarily, we will see how innovation and research might translate into social development and economic advancement thanks to skills graduates possess. We will discuss how students and graduates identify with their university and specific accredited programmes in which they partake. This connection – if managed well – can lead to tightening of the bonds with the graduates, their employers and thus raising the university prestige as alumni give back through mentorship and fundraising.


    Dr Afra Sajjad, Regional Head of Education for MENASA, ACCA

    Edyta Lachowicz Santos, Head of International Promotion, University of Economics in Katowice

    Regina Simpson, Alumni Relations Expert

    17:30 - 20:00
    Networking Reception
  • Day Two
    8:30 - 9:00
    Registration & Morning Networking
    Paul Blackmore
    09:00 - 12:30
    WORKSHOP ONE The New Curriculum in the Global Economy
    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 (team work and collaboration, communication, adaptability, problem solving, critical observation and conflict resolution). This workshop will discuss updating, redesigning and internationa¬lising 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 internationalizing 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.
    12:30 - 13:30
    Regina Simpson
    13:30 - 17:00
    WORKSHOP TWO Managing International Alumni Relations for Increased Employability of Graduates
    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 in the aspect of employment of graduates. 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 toward better employability through 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.