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International Week 2021.


International Week 2021.

In the face of global challenges, our diverse societies and communities continue to trigger polarisation and divisions, pointing to the need to invest in dialogue between the young people at the heart of our future. Every higher education institution aims to educate its students as 'global citizens', who are job-ready for today's international world. International, intercultural and global citizenship competences are rapidly becoming an important part of learning outcomes in every curriculum.

International virtual (ex)changes

In today’s world, technology is revolutionising our capacity to communicate with one another, and we are globally connected in unprecedented ways. According to the European Commission, virtual exchange illustrates modern technologies’ power to bridge divides, to build intercultural understanding and to gain 21st century skills.

However, since the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, all higher education institutions have been confronted with a rapid, necessary and inevitable virtual change. Suddenly, virtual and online programmes, meetings and working conditions became common practice. Virtual exchanges became the norm and pushed internationalisation for all at home further than we ever thought it would be possible.

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March 23-25, 2021




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Tuesday 23 March
10:00-10:10 Welcome by Robin Stevens, head of International Office
10:15-10:40 Presentation of HOGENT, our (new) International Curricula and our Research Centres by Liesbeth Van Heck & Karlijn Franck

Key-note lecture – “Trends and opportunities for virtual exchanges in the internationalisation landscape” by Eva Haug (Amsterdam UAS)


Eva Haug is Educational Advisor IoC and COIL for the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and a senior lecturer of Intercultural Competence. the. She's also an elected member of the EAIE Expert Community Internationalisation at Home. As Teaching & Learning advisor, she's specialised in internationalising the home curriculum. As COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) coordinator, she provides entire cohorts the possibility of experiencing international teamwork by pairing Amsterdam students with students from around the globe. She's presented about COIL at conferences worldwide, and is regularly invited by universities to train staff in intercultural and online collaboration.


The global response to COVID-19, with universities adapting their teaching to the online classroom, opened to door to the possibilities for online international collaboration. Virtual exchange, however, has been widely implemented to support internationalisation strategies, especially by institutions that seek to transform their curriculum with global learning. This keynote will look at some of these trends and explore the different narratives employed by universities in the global North and South.

11:45-12:30 HOGENT practices and projects:
11:45-12:05 Integrated reporting by Stefanie De Bruyckere & Carine Coppens (HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


Stefanie De Bruyckere is a PhD researcher and lecturer at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. In 2010, she obtained the Master degree of Science in Business Administration (specialization Accounting and Taxation) and graduated magna cum laude. In 2011, she also obtained the Master degree of Science in Teaching Economics (Business Administration) at Ghent University. Since 2011, she is a lecturer at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Business and Management. Her teaching domains are accounting and taxation. Since 2013, she also contributes to several research projects in the field of accounting and taxation. Her PhD research focuses on the role of external accountants as service providers for SMEs.


Nowadays, Economic, Social and Governmental issues have become an integral part of the daily public debate in Europe. Stakeholders demand more transparency and non-financial information from companies. Accounting firm Deloitte stated that “heightened regulatory and legal scrutiny, along with other market developments, indicates that the transparency and accuracy of sustainability reporting is increasingly important”. A traditional annual report containing only financial information is not sufficient anymore to meet societal demands. The inclusion of non-financial information in reports requires professionals to act and think beyond financial issues. However, the current business professionals are often educated as purely financial experts and lack the skills and knowledge to report on non-financial information. The new way of working requires (future) financial professionals to evolve towards highly educated experts in reporting financial and non-financial information. Therefore the main objective of INTEGRES is to develop educational material for bachelor and master business and accounting students about Integrated Reporting (IR) and disclosure of non-financial information for SMEs in order to prepare the students for their future work as IR business advisors in Europe.

12:10-12:30 Challenges and opportunities in converting on-site field schools to online/offline learning for heritage documentation by Cornelis Stal (HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


Dr. Cornelis Stal is a lecturer and researcher at the HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Belgium), where he is working on surveying engineering, geomatics, image-based 3D modelling and data science. Within the framework of his research, he has participated in various archaeological and anthropological field campaigns, where the topics of this workshop are empirically implemented in an interdisciplinary context.


In this talk, experience on the conversion of an on-site summer school to an online program will be presented. HERITAGE has a long-standing history in organizing executive specialist courses and summer schools. One of these courses covers ‘Digital Tools for Heritage Managers’, which is organized since 2010. Since 2016, HOGENT is involved in this course as a partner. In this course, heritage managers and scholars from all over the world learn how to acquire, manage, publish, … spatial data on tangible heritage. The COVID-crisis has challenged us to reinvent our field school, which was originally organized as a fully hands-on course in Greece. The last year's version of the program was successfully organized online, and lessons learnt will allow us to find an optimal balance of online and offline learning.

12:30-14:00 Coffee Corner
14:00-16:00 Speed date*
Wednesday 24 March

Welcome by Robin Stevens, head of International Office


Key note lecture Introduction to Collaborative International Learning (COIL) by Piet Van Hove (University of Antwerp & Vice-President EAIE)


Piet Van Hove is EAIE's Vice-President and Senior Policy Advisor for Internationalisation at the University of Antwerp, where he previously obtained a Master of Laws. Piet has been working in the area of internationalisation since 1995. He has had a leading role in several professional associations and nonprofits at national and international levels for many years, such as Flanders Knowledge Area, the Academic Cooperation Association, the NGO APOPO training rats to save lives) and the EAIE. He presents frequently on the different aspects of internationalisation of higher education. Piet was elected Vice-President of the EAIE for the 2020–2022 term.


Introduction to Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). This presentation will explore the concept of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) as a framework for implementing Virtual Exchange. After reflecting on the ‘why’ of COIL/VE, the key components of COIL will be unpacked. Lastly, some guidance for implementation will be given and some practical examples explored.


HOGENT practices and projects:

Being part of a COST Action network has proven to be an invaluable experience for researchers at HOGENT. As a researcher you become part of an international research network, offering unique opportunities to collaborate within your own field of expertise. HOGENT has been actively encouraging researchers to engage in COST Action networks, because of the many advantages these networks offer. Three colleagues of HOGENT will share their personal experiences with you during this workshop, being members of a COST Action network.


COIL, how to start? by Fabienne Mornie (HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


Fabienne Mornie is Senior Lecturer School of Business and Management and International Academic Coordinator Business Management Programme


Aim COIL = Virtual collaboration (VC) promotes the development of intercultural competence across shared mutual learning environments which is designed to link students with different cultural and geographical perspectives and experiences.


Intercultural and interprofessional summer school in Uganda: Four years of improving quality of life through quality of care by Marco Lombardi (HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


Marco Lombardi is a psychologist working at HOGENT, University of Applied Sciences of Gent, in Belgium, as researcher at EQUALITY Research Collective and as lecturer at the Department of Social Educational Care Work. He authors publications regarding Quality of Life outcomes for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and implementation of human rights in a cross-cultural context. He serves as consultant internationally to associations and national boards.


Since a few years, on the crater lakes region, in Fort Portal (Uganda) a collaboration between HOGENT, Mountains of The Moon University, VLIR-UOS and IASSIDD brings together students from different countries and disciplines. An interdisciplinary and intercultural course takes place to provide competences to students from Europe and Africa. Interprofessional teams of students work together to improve the Quality of Life of persons living in socially vulnerable situations by defining and designing sustainable Quality of Care.


International student workshop on community development in health and social care. First online edition by Anne-mie Engelen, Fleur Gailly, Nicole Vanhoucke (all HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts) & Sandra Schiller (HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts)


Anne-Mie Engelen is the international academic coordinator of occupational therapy

Fleur Gailly is the international academic coordinator of audiology and speech & language pathology.

Nicole Vanhoucke is the international academic coordinator of social educational care work.

Sandra Schiller is a lecturer in occupational therapy, speech & language pathology and physical therapy at HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts


In spring this year we entered a new social world dominated by the need for physical distance and the possibilities provided by digital connections. Everyone has experienced the importance of social contacts, of connectedness, and of taking care of each other. Whole countries went into lockdown, organizations were closed and people had to fall back on themselves and their families or other social networks. What was often seen as a threat - citizens shaping society from below with participatory and politicizing projects - has suddenly gained added value in society. In spite of the ongoing need for physical distance, community initiatives provide essential social structures and a supportive backbone during the Covid-19 pandemic. This workshop on community development gave inspiration to work in and with communities while supporting people to see their strengths, fight for their rights, find answers to their needs and follow their own paths in life.

12:30-14:00 Coffee Corner
14:00-16:00 Discover Ghent in a virtual teambuilding game**
Thursday 25 March

 Update on the new Erasmus+programme: let’s put together all available information by Iris Bräunig, Virpi Luoma & Kathleen Van Heule

As the information on the new programme is slowly being released, we will present you with an overview of what we know already, with a focus on the Blended Intensive Programmes and the different E+projects. After this short presentation, we open the floor for discussion and hopefully collect more pieces of the puzzle!


Meet&Greet: HOGENT international coordinators present their international curricula and research coordinators their research centres (max 3 per group)***

People are made of stories. Each one of us has an identity that has been socially constructed by ourselves and the environment we navigate. Different realities produce different learners.

Education environments sometimes neglect the diversity of the learners' backgrounds. The business-as-usual, one-size-fits-all approach to higher education reinforces a lack of engagement that negatively affects learning.

This session aims to address the educator's responsibility on managing diversity and fostering inclusive learning environments that reflect the reality of work practices and acknowledges social constructs such as race, ethnicity and gender. During the session, speakers from different higher education institutions that are all part of the U!reka network wil share insights, experiences, and different methods on story sharing that they each have applied successfully. Diversity and inclusion are the central themes in the U!reka partnership. Future cooperation will include actions that support the U!reka mission to widen participation in higher education, in particular from underrepresented communities.


Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the first step to a beautiful relationship. This in mind, we invite you to our international speeddate. During this informal get-together, you will have 20 minutes to meet your ‘date’ and share some information about yourself and your institution.

Discover Ghent in a virtual teambuilding game**

In cooperation with Movemint we’ve created a virtual teambuilding game for you! This will give you an excellent chance to get to know your fellow International Week attendees and the city of Ghent. You will play in teams and can see and talk to each other through a video call. The application can be easily downloaded on your smartphone and off you go!

Meet & Greet***

Following the introduction of HOGENT’s international curricula and research centres, you can meet up with the HOGENT coordinator for each study programme. This way you can talk business with the right person about your programmes, possible exchanges … What are you waiting for?

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