Strategic focus areas and trends within internationalisation – a Nordic perspective
The Nordic region shares common societal characteristics like changing demographics, future need for skilled labour force, increased cuts in public spending, as well as strongly rooted ethical values like inclusiveness and equal access within education. The internationalisation challenges facing small countries in the north with less widely spread languages are also very similar.
Nevertheless, the strategic internationalisation landscape is varied and different paths haven been chosen for instance regarding financing and tuition fees. The panel discussion seeks to find answers to why a certain direction was chosen, what were the actions, how were they implemented and what were the consequences? Were the consequences desirable or unpredictable? Does the current reality reflect the initial objectives of certain decisions?
The panel will present brief overviews of strategic focus areas in different countries, followed by benchmarking questions and interactivity with the audience.
Parallel sessions (morning)
1. Rankings and their impact on Nordic higher education institutions
This session gives an overview of the most well known international rankings of multidisciplinary research-based universities and the ranking U-Multirank which is aimed at various kinds of HEIs. The presenters will discuss the impact of the rankings on the strategies and activities of the HEI and, in particular, the importance of international rankings for the Nordic HEIs. Lund University and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences will also share their experiences on how rankings are used in their organisations and the advantages of ranking participation.
2. Employability and integration of international graduates
The session will discuss ways of supporting international students/graduates to find employment and to get integrated in the host country. What has been done, what can be done, what needs to be done. And by whom? Different perspectives will meet: national authorities from Denmark and Finland, business and students. We will learn about the Danish national strategy for retaining international graduates upon graduation and its implementation. We will talk about the Finnish approach on supporting the integration of skilled workers and the student union perspective on integrating international students into the Finnish society. The session audience will be asked to participate in the discussion.
3. Strengthening cooperation in marketing – A Nordic perspective
Democracy. Safety. Equality. CleanTech. The Nordic countries are repeatedly at the top of international rankings, which deal with quality of life and wellbeing of the society. How should we position ourselves in order to efficiently communicate these values and facts to the rest of the world, also when marketing higher education? In this session we will get an insight into how to build a common Nordic brand and profile. What support can Team Finland provide for higher education institutions in their marketing efforts? How could we cooperate at a Nordic level? We will also hear a practical example on how Nordic cooperation in HE marketing can be implemented.
Parallel sessions (afternoon)
1. Assessing the quality of internationalisation: the CeQuInt approach
Several initiatives on evaluating internationalisation have been taken, i.e. by ACA, the EUA and the IAU. The CeQuInt methodology differs from the others in it’s integrated focus both on the institutional and programme-levels, the push for qualitative as well as quantitative indicators, and the tools for constructive self-evaluation.
This parallell session will present why the CeQuInt approach was developed, what the assessment framework covers and how it is being implemented. Experiences and thoughts from both a reviewed Finnish institution and an external panel member will be voiced. How should the quality of internationalization be measured and how does the CeQuInt methodology relate to nationally used quality assurance approaches in Finland?
2. Tuition fees for non-European students – the changed context
In this session the presenters will describe the immediate consequences of the reform in Denmark and Sweden and the impact of tuition fees on the HEI landscape in the countries. The profiles of the incoming degree student bodies before and after the reform will also be described, and the impact of tuition fees on quality will be discussed. In addition, Lund University will share the university’s experiences and approaches so far and reveal what kind of impact the tuition fees have had. Have the tuition fees enabled investments in quality and in new activities?
3. Transforming the world map of education – cooperation with the BRICS countries
In recent years, Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa – BRICS – have
transformed the world map of education, bringing millions into school, establishing centres of world-class learning, driving innovation, and sharing expertise and knowledge. BRIC countries have huge potential and they have also been a priority for Finnish higher education, but what are the prospects in the future? Could cooperation with different actors be fruitful and what could we do together with other Nordic countries? The session provides a platform for benchmarking practices in the Nordic countries, sharing experiences and ideas on educational cooperation with BRICS countries.