8:00 - 9:00Networking Coffee & Registration
9:00 - 9:15WelcomeWelcome by Martin van Dijk, Cultural attaché at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Warsaw, Poland)
9:15 - 11:00SPECIAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - 11:30Morning Networking & Coffee
11:30 - 13:00SESSION ONE Higher Education in Service to Society: Managing Expectations of Post-Graduation EmploymentHEIs 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 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30SESSION 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 University16:00 - 17:30SESSION 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 Expert17:30 - 20:00Networking Reception