Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education

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Virtual Conference during the German Presidency of the EU Council

On 5 - 6 October 2020, the German Academic Exchange Service invites the international and German higher education community to the virtual conference "Moving target digitalisation: re-thinking global exchange in higher education". The Call for Contributions is open now until 1 August. 

The international conference focuses on new aims and opportunities that arise from the digital transformation and its effects on internationalisation in higher education.

How do digitalisation processes and the introduction of digital formats in higher education affect policy making and reshape institutional practice? How can digitalisation help ensure academic excellence, boost diversity and foster inclusion? What is the digital way forward to strengthen the European Higher Education Area and make it fit for the future?  

Five areas of internationalisation in higher education will be at the centre of the debate during #MovingTarget2020. They are (re-)viewed through the lens of digitalisation: 

  1. Collaboration, Cooperation and Partnerships
    How does digitalisation re-frame international collaboration between higher education institutions?
  2. Mobility and Exchange: Physical – Blended – Virtual
    How are student and staff mobility schemes transformed by blended and online formats?
  3. Administrating Internationalisation Digitally: Data Ecosystems and Data Sovereignty
    How can digital infrastructures and shared data standards help streamline administrative processes in the European Higher Education Area and beyond?
  4. Attractiveness of HEI in a Global Knowledge Society
    How does digitalisation foster internationalisation, attract and retain international top talents as well as raise the attractiveness of institutions, regions or countries?
  5. Knowledge Transfer, ‘Third Mission’ and Open Education
    How can global knowledge transfer be supported in a digitally connected world, especially to address challenges that transcend national boundaries?
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Presentations and interactive formats, such as workshops, live demos and colloquium sessions, will provide diverse perspectives on the target areas and ample opportunity to join the discussion.     

The conference is primarily directed at representatives of Higher Education Institutions, their International Relations Offices, Online Learning and IT Departments, partners from European University Alliances, students and policy makers.    

The to the conference programme is open now until 1 August 2020.
We have prepared a for you to create your proposal. Please submit it to the following e-mail address:  

Registration will open in August on this website.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our virtual conference in October!