This year the URV has been an active participant in the annual conference of the European Association for International Education, which was held in Liverpool from 13 to 16 September
Once again the URV has played an active role in the leading meeting of international higher education professionals. The 28th edition of the conference and exhibition (with more than 200 exhibitors) received a total of 5200 visitors from 80 countries, who were able to attend 170 various sessions and seminars on topics relating to the internationalisation of higher education. A further 20 events gave participants the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world.
Also participating, as in previous years, was the Catalan Government’s Study in Catalonia stand, representing all the universities in the Catalan higher education system. The stand hosted a reception for conference attendees with cava made by the URV’s Faculty of Oenology and was visited by the Catalan Government’s Secretary for Universities and Research, Arcadi Navarro, who participated in a session entitled “Euroscepticism and internationalised learning: prospects for collaboration among Europe’s Universities”.
Marina Casals, head of the URV’s International Centre and member of the EAIE’s board for the last two years, was appointed a full member of the General Council for the next two years. She also presented a session entitled “Senior International Officer perspectives: maintaining campus internationalisation despite budget cuts”, in which she gave various examples of good internationalisation practices at the URV despite the funding reductions of recent years.
The EAIE is an organisation that assists higher education professionals and academics by offering training, conferences and opportunities to exchange experiences and knowledge, thus providing a strategic platform to help higher education institutions from Europe and around the world on the path towards increased internationalisation.