Central European University (CEU) hosted the 2019 Erasmus+ International Staff Training Week for higher education professionals from May 6-10. The week-long training brought together university administrative staff working on internationalization and partnership building for their respective institutions across Europe and beyond. It included several sessions led by CEU experts and addressed the most pressing questions facing university international offices today.
“My experience was quite inspiring because of the new ideas I collected from my counterparts at different universities,” said training participant Julianna Lingvay from Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. “There were moments that I felt so full of hope.”
The week began with an introduction to the higher education landscape in Hungary and the latest institutional developments at CEU. The internationalization of universities, including the costs and benefits of the internationalization process, was a critical topic of conversation across several training sessions. Throughout the week, CEU experts shared their experience across a number of related topics, including on how to deal with external pressures like attacks on academic freedom and how to convert these external challenges into opportunities. On the final day of the training, participants were able to meet their CEU counterparts and exchange ideas and best practices.
“It’s nice to meet people from different countries—and even from different continents—to share ideas and best practices,” remarked participant Elena Shumeyko, head of the International Organizational and Legal Support Office at ITMO University in Russia. “It’s good to know that there are actually common issues that many universities everywhere encounter,” she continued. Shumeyko said she hopes to introduce socially-oriented programs, like ones focusing on intercultural communication, at her university following her training experience at CEU.
The Erasmus+ International Staff Training Week was organized by CEU’s Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO).