IAU 2015 International Conference
2015 International Conference Theme and Sub-questions
Internationalization of higher education is an important priority for many governments, for university leaders and other higher education stakeholders.  It has been on the IAU agenda for many years and has led the Association to develop policy, research and related services in support of institutional efforts in internationalization.  Though it is a frequent theme of national and international conferences, we hope that our programme will offer new insights into the internationalization of higher education and inspire new strategies, initiatives and projects.

The expectations with regard to the benefits of internationalization are continuously expanding, as is the range of activities carried out in the name of internationalisation.  As globalization touches on all aspects of economic, social and cultural life in all corners of the world, ideally, internationalization of higher education offers a research and education response by preparing graduates for this new context, by conduction research on global issues and in cooperation, and by strengthening intercultural understanding and appreciation of diversity and difference.  The conference will question whether the internationalization strategies achieve these ideals, or if on the contrary in some respects they may produce a negative impact – cultural and linguistic homogeneity, brain drain instead of brain circulation and benefiting the spread of some knowledge at the expense of knowledge created elsewhere.

Furthermore, as institutional, national and regional policies remain highly focused on only one aspect of the process – mobility, such a singular focus can overshadow these broader long-term goals and the numerous other ways that internationalisation can address them by improving the quality of the different dimensions of higher education, and by fully integrating many broader, global challenges into the internationalized curriculum, research, campus life, management, the third mission, etc.  These are all the topics that IAU hopes to address in Siena, since no matter how much international student mobility flows may increase in the future, it is unlikely that they will ever include all learners in higher education.  Thus it is likely that internationalization efforts with the greatest potential impact lie with the ‘other’ aspects/activities that promote internationalization.  This is why the IAU 2015 International Conference will primarily focus on internationalisation beyond mobility.

The following main topics will frame the conference discussions:

- Internationalization: a Path to more Quality?
- Can Internationalization change the Student Experience without mobility?
- Internationalization as a knowledge change agent

Wednesday, 28/10/2015
13:00 - 16:00On-site Registration [More Info]
17:30 - 19:30Inauguration of the University of Siena 775th Academic Year: "Internationalization as a driver for university development" [More Info]
Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena, Italy
Maurizio Botta, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Siena, Italy
Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President, International Association of Universities
Emma Gagliardi, Student representative, University of Siena, Italy
19:30 - 20:30Welcome Reception [More Info]

Thursday, 29/10/2015
08:00 - 09:00On-site Registration [More Info]
09:00 - 09:30Opening Ceremony [More Info]
Stefano Paleari, University of Bergamo, Italy
Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena, Italy
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities
09:30 - 10:30Plenary Session I - Internationalization: a path to more quality and capacity? [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Francisco Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education Education Global Practice, World Bank
Fanta Aw, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA, United States
Etsuko Katsu, Vice President, International; Director, Headquarters of International Collaboration, Meiji University, Japan
Ernest Aryeetey, Vice-chancellor, University of Ghana – IAU Board Member
10:30 - 11:00Break [More Info]
11:00 - 12:301.a - Internationalization of the curriculum [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor, University of Gothenburg
Jos Beelen, Senior Policy Advisor, Researcher and Consultant on Internationalization, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands
Robin Lewis, President, International Development And Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA)
1.b - e-learning and cross-border higher education [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Betsy Boze, Former President, The College of the Bahamas
William Lawton, International Higher Education Consultant, United Kingdom
Gard Titlestad, Secretary-General, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Norway
1.c - Partnerships and networks of quality [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Marianne Granfelt, Secretary-General, Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF), Sweden, IAU Board Member
Nigel E. Harris, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, The University of West Indies, Jamaica
Gülsün Sağlamer, Professor of architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Hope Sadza, Vice Chancellor, Women´s University in Africa, Zimbabwe
1.d - The IAU Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service (ISAS) [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Madeleine Green, IAU Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities (IAU)
Leapetswe Malete, Associate Professor , University of Botswana, Botswana
Van Nguyen Thuy Hong, Director of International Relations Department, Ho Chi Minh City University Of Transport, Vietnam
Inga Zaleniene, Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
11:00 - 12:301.e - World café: internationalization and academic diaspora [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Claudia Frittelli, Program Officer, International Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, United States International University-Africa
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:302.a - The place of revenue generation in internationalization [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Patricia Pol, Former Vice - President of Université Paris-Est, France; IAU Board member, Université Paris-est Créteil
Fernando León-García, President, CETYS University, Mexico
Sir Howard Newby, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
2.b - Understanding and monitoring impact of internationalization [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Abdulganiyu Ambali, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Anne Flierman, Chair, Board & Executive Board, Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO), the Netherlands
Kevin Van Cauter, Senior Advisor Internationalisation, British Council
2.c - Global, international, intercultural learning outcomes or graduate competencies [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Manuel J. Fernós, President, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, IAU Vice President
Luisa Black, Teacher Training Consultant, Member of the Council of Europe’s expert group on Competences for Democratic Culture
Darla Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), United States
Katherine Isaacs, Rector's Delegate For European Programmes, University of Pisa, Italy
Walid Moussa, President , Notre-Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon
Kamal Abouchedid, Notre-Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon
2.d - World café: the Global Dialogue on the future of higher education internationalisation [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Jocelyne Gacel-Avila, Director of the State and Society Studies Division, University of Guadalajara, Mexico
Laura Howard, President, European Association for International Education (EAIE)
Fanta Aw, President and Chair of the Board of Directors, NAFSA, United States
15:30 - 16:00Break [More Info]
16:00 - 16:30Launch of the World Higher Education Database (WHED) Portal [More Info]
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities
Irène Rabenoro, Acting chief of the Section for Higher Education, UNESCO
Isabelle Turmaine, Director, Information Projects and Services, International Association of Universities (IAU)
16:30 - 18:00Plenary Session II - Can internationalization change the student experience without mobility? [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Irina Ferencz, Policy Officer, Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Belgium
Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University, Canada
Fernando Miguel Galán Palomares, Chairperson, European Students’ Union, Belgium
Stephen Hwang, Rector, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Betty Leask, Executive Director, La Trobe Learning and Teaching, La Trobe University, Australia
20:00Conference Gala Dinner [More Info]

Friday, 30/10/2015
09:00 - 10:30Plenary Session III - Internationalization as a Knowledge Change Agent [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Hans de Wit, Director Center for International Higher Education, , Boston College, USA
Robert Proulx, Rector, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), QC, Canada
Piyushi Kotecha, Chief Executive Officer , Southern African Regional University Association (SARUA)
10:30 - 11:00Break [More Info]
11:00 - 12:303.a - Internationalization and local community- mutual benefits and interests [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, IAU Vice-president
Ann Buller, President, Centennial College, Canada
Carlos G. Gómez Restrepo, Rector , La Salle University, Colombia
Raymond Siebetcheu, Researcher, University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy
3.b - Diploma recognition [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Jean Philippe Restoueix, Administrator, Higher Education and Lisbon Recognition Convention, Council of Europe
Irène Rabenoro, Acting chief of the Section for Higher Education, UNESCO
Luca Lantero, Director, NARIC Italia – CIMEA, Italian ENIC/NARIC centre
3.c - Internationalisation of research and doctoral programmes [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Etienne Ehilé, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities (AAU), Ghana - IAU Board Member
Przemyslaw Jankowski, Policy Officer, Commission Européenne, Actions Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Belgique
Thomas Jørgensen, Responsible for the Council for Doctoral Education, European University Association, Belgium
Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist and Head External R&D at GSK Vaccines, Italy
3.d - World café : equal partners? Equity, transparency and core values in international higher education partnerships [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk Network / New York University
Piyushi Kotecha, Chief Executive Officer , Southern African Regional University Association (SARUA)
Freddy Weima, Director General, EP-NUFFIC
Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University, USA
Albert Schram, Vice Chancellor - Rector, Papua New Guinea Of Technology, Papua New Guinea
Jose Jackson-Malete, Director Research And Partnerships, Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Botswana
12:30 - 13:30Lunch
13:30 - 15:00Policy makers’ perspectives - Higher education internationalization: a national priority? [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena, Italy
Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration
Noel Vercruysse, Senior project leader, Department Of Education And Training, Belgium
15:00 - 16:00Report from workshops [More Info]
Chair/ Moderator: Gilles Breton, Full professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
Cecilia Christersson, Acting Vice Chancellor, Malmö University, Sweden
Anna Ciccarelli, Fellow of the University of South Australia, Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International), , The University of Queensland, Australia
Alessandra Viviani, Vice-Rector International Relations , University of Siena, Italy
Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, Association of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), Mexico - IAU Deputy Board Member
16:00 - 16:30Invitation for 2016, conference wrap-up and closing [More Info]
Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand, IAU Vice-president
Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President, International Association of Universities
Angelo Riccaboni, Rector, University of Siena, Italy
Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities
18:00Concert: Accademia Musicale Chigiana [More Info]