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International cooperation was, is and will be a prerequisite for academic progress. In all disciplines international cooperation stimulates the level, output and innovative strength of universities and knowledge institutes. Joint international efforts in research, combining strengths and resources, make it possible to address complicated issues and wicked problems. International cooperation and exchange between staff and students within Europe, stimulates knowledge circulation and the development of a dynamic knowledge based economy on a European level. Within the EU, its member states and the candidate member states, this has been recognized since the Lisbon Strategy of 2000. Since the past 15 years many efforts have been made to improve and diversify the cooperation between scientific communities throughout Europe.

At the same time, developing sustainable cooperation in scientific research and university education showed to be a difficult quest. University traditions differ, national legislation and demands as well as university rules sometimes hinder cooperation, various parts of Europe hardly know each other and find it hard and risky to engage in new and uncertain networks, partly related to the increase of accountability requirements. This often leads to ‘more of the same’ cooperation and staying out of uncharted waters. Especially East-West, North-South and specifically North-West and South-East cooperation in Academia is progressing slowly whereas at the same time there are promising opportunities to make a difference in addressing topical (societal) issues, opportunities for the development of a dynamic knowledge based economy in Europe and opportunities for raising the means that are necessary for joint projects and exchange.

For that reason the Inter University Center for advanced studies in Dubrovnik organizes a three day workshop for university grant officers and international relation officers, university policy makers and –regional- EU officers. The IUC wants to contribute to the new forms of cooperation, based upon its long lasting experience in fostering cooperation in advanced studies, its broad network of course directors from all over Europe including especially the South East region and it mission to connect scientific communities.


With this seminar we have multiple aims:

• Stimulating new acquaintances (with new colleagues from different universities in different regions), building new networks and broadening existing networks;

• Exchange of information on different university structures, relations, traditions and routines in the field of international cooperation and with the EU;

• Exploring needs and opportunities for joint projects and grant applications in the field of student and staff exchange;

• Exploring needs and opportunities for joint projects and applications in the field of research.

Our intention is that this seminar will be followed by more seminars at the IUC for grant officers, international relation officers and those staff members of academia that are active in developing new initiatives in international cooperation and joint grant application in the fields of research and education. In doing so, the IUC wants to provide an open space for exploring and experimenting with new international partnerships within Academia.

Working Methods

In this seminar the emphasis is on exchanging experiences, exploring similar interests in topics and identifying potential partners. Therefore we work as interactive as possible with more discussion and workshop sessions than lectures and plenary sessions.

As this is a seminar that aims at bringing together people by focussing on the particular needs and wishes of professionals and institutions, the program is flexible and can be changed during the seminar in accordance with the wishes of the participants.

Seminar coordination: Wieger Bakker (Utrecht University, Nada Bruer (IUC), Viktor Koska (University of Zagreb)

If you would like to attend please contact the IUC Secretariat at nada.bruer@iuc.hr.

Preliminary Programme:

Sunday November 16:

Knowing each other (and each other’s practices)

During the first day of this workshop the emphasis lies on ‘knowing each other’. Literally, in terms of knowing each other as participants. But, secondly, also knowing each other’s university cultures, structures, practices and routines when it comes to internationalization. From different cultures and routines to quality standards and (university-national) regulation. And thirdly ‘knowing each other’ refers to knowing each other’s strategies and instruments to stimulate international cooperation, with a special focus on north(-west) and south(-east) cooperation.

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome, registration and coffee/tea at the IUC

10.30 – 11.00 Introduction of the seminar: Wieger Bakker (Utrecht University)

11.00 – 12.00 Comparing cultural differences, political contexts and practices: drivers and barriers for cooperation between Academia in different European regions ()

12.00 – 13.00 Revolving round table session on comparing academic cultures & practices

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Sharing experiences in connecting practices by grant and internationalization officers: tensions and connections in administration, regulation, communication and accountability: short introductions by Viktor Koska (University of Zagreb), Marlise Mensink (University of Utrecht, to be invited), and Werner Palz (University of Konstanz, to be invited)

15.00 – 15.20 Coffee break

15.20 – 16.30 Identifying obstacles and opportunities for connecting practices in administration, regulation, communication and accountability: parallel workshops

16.30 – 17.00 From obstacles and opportunities to strategies for organizing cooperation (wrap up of the workshops as input for an agenda or guideline)

Monday November 17:

Exploring needs and opportunities in education and research:

identifying common interests and priorities, finding and selecting potential partners in relation to EU priorities

This day the focus will be first on exploring shared needs and ambitions on a) student and staff mobility and exchange and b) research. Both from the perspective of different countries/universities/academic disciplines and from the EU. Secondly we will look at best practices (insight in related projects in other countries), solutions that work as well as possible risks and barriers for developing cooperation with new partners.

9.30 – 10.30 Strategies on priorities for education and research in academia as a condition for starting joint activities. Miroslav Petrovic (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Sciences)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Exploring joint interests in education and research (parallel workshops)

12.00 – 12.30 Plenary wrap up: joint interests and formulating university/faculty strategies on education and research

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 Tricks of the trade: selecting partners & choosing –EU proof- topics. Alberto Zucconi & Maddalena Vagnarelli (Istituto dell aproccio centrato sulla persona, World Academy Arts and Science)

15.00 – 15.20 Coffee break

15.20 – 16.20 Partners for topics: revolving round table

16.20 – 16.45 Plenary wrap up: an inventory of promising EU topics in research and education and potential partners

16.45 – 17.15 Using the IUC-network and -facilities for finding partners en exploring opportunities for cooperation. Nada Bruer (Inter University Centre Dubrovnik)

Tuesday November 18:

Exploring options and strategies

This last day of the workshop will be devoted to exploring concrete strategies for stimulating innovation in international cooperation within and between universities. This includes strategies to organize (new) forms of cooperation between scientists around EU topics and operational strategies for developing joint projects and grant applications. At the end of the meeting we hope to formulate follow up activities, determine the need and possibilities for future seminars and, if possible, to form some working groups that will explore the options for a concrete cooperation on specific subjects.

9.30 – 10.30 Possibilities for internationalisation of higher education in Erasmus+. Jasmina Skocilic (Agency for Mobility and EU programmes, Zagreb)

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Options for cooperation in the field of research.

12.00 – 12.30 The Market: forming 3 to 5 subgroups around a same number of EU topics

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Subgroup session: Assessing opportunities for joint applications on 3 – 5 EU topics

14.30 – 15.30 Towards an agenda for connecting corners of Europe: planning follow up activities and initiatives for joint applications

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