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June 2014

IntlUni Newsletter # 4

Welcome to the fourth IntlUni newsletter

As always, there are plenty of things going on in the IntlUni community, and this is your chance to be updated on our most recent activities and on decisions made in the project.

The ultimate aim of the project is to identify the quality criteria that should characterise teaching and learning in the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (MMLS), and to develop recommendations for how Higher Education Institutions may implement and ensure the sustainability of quality teaching and learning in the MMLS.

You are more than welcome to circulate the newsletter to interested colleagues in your own networks and within your own institutions.

We hope you will find this an informative and inspiring read and we look forward to continuing to provide our readers with relevant and up-to-date information about the IntlUni project and our progress.

Read more abouit IntlUni and the current results and developments on the IntlUni website.

What’s been Achieved and the Way Forward

Perched on the hills above Lac Léman on the Franco-Swiss border, Lausanne University, our host venue for the 4th IntlUni All-Partner Meeting, proved an ideal place to review how far the project has come and to consider what still lies ahead. We were at the heart of Europe, the midpoint of the project had been passed and WP4, constituting the core development phase of the project, was well underway.

As determined at our launch meeting at Aarhus, the complex set of issues facing HEIs in the more fluid post-Bologna era required a re-conceptualization of the university teaching and research environment. To this end, we had conceived of the emergent Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (M&MLS) as the conceptual site where we would set about identifying a wide variety of innovative and sustainable strategies aimed at addressing potential challenges. Thanks to all the survey questionnaire responses and follow-up interviews submitted by our partner institutions, as well as the research undertaken by WP2-3 and presented at the Warsaw and Essex All-Partner Meetings, a rich data set has emerged and this is currently being developed further by WP4.

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Fruitful 4th All Partner Meeting in Lausanne in May 2014

Universities to the north, east and west of Europe had been our destinations for the first three IntlUni All Partner Meetings, and – after Aarhus, Warsaw and Essex – it was now the University of Lausanne that was to play host to the 42 partner representatives from 36 partner institutions based in 26 countries. Positioned very much at the heart of Europe, though just outside the borders of the European Union, this exquisite university town in the French-speaking part of Switzerland was to prove an ideal location as we progressed beyond the halfway stage of the project.

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Workshop day with external experts and 5th All Partner Meeting 4-7 November 2014 to be held in Braga, Portugal

Our next IntlUni All Partner Meeting will take place in November and we greatly appreciate that the University of Minho, Braga will be hosting this meeting. Furthermore we will also have a workshop back-to-back with the meeting, where invited external experts will present a topic relevant to the IntlUni aims and objectives and respond to the preliminary IntlUni outcomes.

External experts who have already accepted to contribute to the workshop are the following:
• Axel Aerden, NVAO – nederlands-vlaamse accreditatieorganisatie, NL
• Nick Byrne, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
• Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans, University of Hull, UK
• Bernd Wächter, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), BE.

More about the meeting here

Interviews with the Work Packages Leaders of WP4; successful practice and quality criteria

Edited Interview from the All Partner Meeting in Lausanne 22.5.2014 - conducted by Peter Stear & Julia Cooper

To mark the successful progress in WP4 we thought we should devote some space to comments by the three current Work Packages Leaders, Thomas Vogel, Kevin Haines and Stacey Marie Cozart.
We asked the WP4 team for their thoughts on the project, that is how they see the project developing – particularly the development of principles for quality in the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space.

Read rest of the interview here

Progress reports approved by the EACEA

Half-way through the project, the IntlUni progress reports were submitted to the EACEA (Education, Audiovisiual and Culture Executive Agency) as requested by 30 April, and a couple of weeks later, the IntlUni Aarhus office welcomed our project advisor, Ms Katia de Souza for a monitoring visit. We have now received the Agency’s feedback on the reports as well as the monitoring visit; the progress reports were approved and we have received the second instalment of the LLP grant, which enables us to go forward with the project as planned.

The public part of the progress report is available on the IntlUni website here.

38 Higher Education Institutions in 27 countries

The IntlUni Erasmus Academic Network comprises 38 Higher Education Institutions in 27 countries, which gives the Network a Europe-wide scope and makes it possible to draw conclusions on the current situation regarding the internationalisation of higher education in Europe and make recommendations for future initiatives.
IntlUni partner representatives cover a wide range of functions within the institutions they represent – language and content lecturers and researchers, directors of international centres, directors of language centres, educational developers, etc. This heterogeneity allows the project to cover many aspects related to the internationalisation of higher education.

The IntlUni Academic Network runs its three-year project (2012-15) with € 600,000+ financial support from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.

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This Erasmus Academic Network has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



Peter Stear

Julia Cooper

Karen M. Lauridsen

Mette Kastberg Lillemose



Work Packages Leader, IntlUni Dissemination - WP 7 

Work Packages Leader, IntlUni Dissemination - WP 7

IntlUni Coordinator

IntlUni Project Manager, IntlUni Secretariat, Centre for Teaching and Learning (CUL), School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University

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