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Dean’s programme


Thursday 23rd April 2015
Venue: Budapest 1088, Vas str. 17. Faculty of Health Sciences

9.00 – 10.00  General Assembly

10.00 – 10.15 Your COHEHRE Conference – Petcha Kutcha Presentation

10.15 – 10.45 Keynote – Challenges of Erasmus+ – Annemie van den Dries

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Since 1987, the European Union, and especially DG Education and Culture, has busied itself with organising mobility for students, pupils, staff, teachers, trainers, etc. The target of 3 million students on the move was reached already in 2012. Erasmus+ builds on this legacy by offering to 4 million people to study, train, teach or volunteer abroad by 2020…An increase of 40% of the budget is foreseen. But Erasmus+ has to cope with the consequences of the economic and financial crisis which has had a profound impact on society. Unemployment has reached unacceptably high levels in many parts of the EU, particularly among Europe’s youth. This is certainly the number one concern of the new Commission under its President Juncker and especially for the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, Sport, Tibor Navracsics. He is also involved with Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and the Digital Single Market. Inevitably these aspects are already reflected in the priorities of the Call and will be reinforced in the Call 2016! There is a strong economic and social case for investing in education. Education contributes to productivity, competitiveness and innovation, while levelling the playing field and breaking cycles of disadvantage. But Education is facing its own structural challenges. Population ageing means that Member States will have to exploit fully the pool of talent amongst the school-age population. Productivity, competitiveness and innovation will have to grow, with relatively fewer people to rely on. Education in many Member States is, at the same time, out of touch, as systems are still struggling to meet 21st century expectations. These challenges pre-date the crisis, but are now aggravated by a consolidation of public finance. The deadlines for the Call 2015 are behind us, the new applications will have tried to do better than in 2014, knowing what worked and what did not work. Erasmus+ will continue to support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It is also the precondition to stay competitive in the global arena with its knowledge-based economy. In reviewing the Europe 2020 strategy and following the results of the European Semester, the new call will probably put emphasis through its priorities on how our education systems can grasp the huge opportunities of digitisation for better and more accessible teaching and learning, and how digital tools can increase youth participation, helping this way European universities to be among the best in the world.

10.45 – 12.45 Refreshments and Dean’s Meeting Part 1
Interactive Workshop – Annemie van den Dries
• Introductions and agreement of sessions aims and objectives
• Reflections and guidance on the Erasmus+ (Action 2) Application Process and evaluation
• Implications and opportunities for creative ways of future working with this funding
• Deans to reflect on what this could mean for their home institutions and future ways of working

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Internationalisation of your institution is a priority, either because your institution has always been involved with international research or because your institution wants/has to follow the trend. Does this mean you achieve your objectives by appointing a vice-dean for international affairs? Who in turn wants to appoint an office with secretaries who are fluent in many European languages and have digital skills? No, of course not! Internationalisation (or Europeanisation) has to permeate the whole building and you have to define the vision and the strategy for it. Your students and your staff want to go abroad. You have to host incoming students and staff. And the curriculum has to be international and you want to play the game of internationalisation@home. This all costs money, loads of money. Where to locate it? Partially in Erasmus+ with its Key Actions 1 and 2, as long as your project writers abide by the rules of the programme and get the approval of the assessors. But investing will be necessary: internationalisation of the curriculum with EN (lingua franca?) courses also for your own students. An interesting concept is organising mobility windows for outgoing and incoming students. Let’s discuss the various possibilities during this workshop and exchange good practices, taking into account that Health and Social Care studies focus on real people and not on account sheets or profit graphics!

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 16.00 Dean’s Meeting Part 2 – Interactive Workshop
International Benchmarking and Globalisation
• Anticipation of globalization in both healthcare and higher education
• Potential for open access programmes and all other forms of exchanging students, teachers and researchers.
• Internationalization in health care education on a management level: what could be the benchmark for this and how can we probably further investigate this topic within the COHEHRE network?
Kim Bisschop sharing thoughts on the ‘dutch approach’ in triple helix working (co-creation) within international networks with healthcare and business partners

16.00 – 16.30 Reflections of the Day’s Dean’s Programme
Plans for the future and ideas for future events

17.00 Social Programme Begins – Tours commence from Lobby.