CZEDUCON is a platform for experts in the field of internationalisation of higher education institutions. In the Czech Republic, it is the largest event of its kind. The conference is organised by the Czech National Agency for International Education under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
In 2019, over 500 participants are expected to attend and they will have the opportunity to choose from 42 lectures and workshops. They can look forward to as many as 70 speakers, from which 20 are renowned foreign guests.
Among the main speakers:
Global Higher Education Strategist
Sabine Pendl is the President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the Director of the Office of International Relations at the University of Graz, Austria. For more than 25 years she has been active in the field of internationalisation. She has managed international projects and summer schools; has worked as a trainer on the development of joint degrees and the management of an international office; has authored numerous articles on internationalisation topics such as benchmarking and teaching in English; and has participated actively in conferences around the world. In addition, she was President of the Utrecht Network twice and currently acts as auditor for the German Rectors’ Conference for their internationalisation project. Sabine’s term as President of the EAIE is from September 2018 to 2020.
Ulrich Grothus is president of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), the European umbrella organization of national agencies promoting internationalisation in higher education. Until his retirement in July 2018, Grothus was Deputy Secretary-General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1976. He then worked as a journalist before joining the International Division of the former West German Rectors Conference in 1982. He worked for DAAD from 1988 through 2018, first as spokesman and head of the president’s office. From 1991, he was consecutively director of all three DAAD program directorates, for the Southern and Northern hemisphere and for supra regional internationalization programs.
Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research, MEYS
Since the end of 2017, he has been Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research. He is responsible for the design and implementation of national policies, including international bilateral and multilateral cooperation, the legislative framework and funding policy. He worked as a Czech delegate in the expert commission for institutional management of higher education in the OECD. He is also a member of management committees at public universities or state-funded organisations (Fulbright Commission, Center for Higher Education Studies), as well as programme boards of institutions providing financial support.
This year, space for poster sessions will be introduced. Registered guests can also enjoy the evening programme at the Pragovka Art District, which will include a debate with foreign alumni and a live music performance.
The main topics of the CZEDUCON 2019:
- International education in the time of changes
- Recruitment of foreign students
- International education for everybody
- International education and a professional career
- Challenges of internationalisation in the Czech higher education
Historically first CZEDUCON conference took place in 2018. Among others, the former president of EAIE Markus Laitinen or the member of the EC Francesca Maltauro presented their view of internationalisation of education in Europe. The conference’s main theme ”20 years on the wave of international education“ reflected onthe 20th anniversaryof Czech participation in the Erasmus programme.