What have been the most important developments regarding the internationalization of higher education in Europe and in the US in the last 10 to 15 years?  What are the main challenges? These questions will be at the heart of a special networking meeting hosted by ARES on 19 October for the Fulbright Commissions in France and Germany. The event will bring together representatives form US HEIs and from both French- and Dutch-speaking Belgium, along with representatives of EU institutions and organizations. 

Within a working tour in Europe set up by the Fulbright Commissions in France and Germany, some 30 colleagues from US HEIs will be in Brussels for a few days to get to know more about the recent and future developments in the European higher education and research sector.

In close collaboration with the Fulbright Commission Belgium-Luxembourg, Flanders Knowledge Area (FKA) and the Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad (VLIR), ARES will be hosting a networking meeting dedicated to the latest developments and perspectives of internationalization of higher education in the European context.

All of the participants are high-level specialists of international relations in their university, university college or organization. Their discussions and exchanges will be facilitated through the contribution of a panel of various representatives of European organizations and Belgian HEIs :

Prof. Bertrand Hamaide
vice-rector for education and international relations
Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles -  USL-B
Member of the ARES International Relations Committee

Dr Thomas Ekman Jorgensen
Senior Policy Coordinator
European University Association - EUA

Francesca Maltauro
Policy Officer HE Unit
DG Education and Culture
European Commissiob

Anna Toivonen
Policy Officer
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education - EURASHE

Kathleen Van Heule
Senior Advisor International Officer
Hogeschool Gent
Vice-President of Flanders Knowledge Area - FKA

Altogether with the participants, they will discuss various issues related to internationalization of higher education, with a special focus on US-EU academic links: what are the recent developments in the US and in Europe? What are the main challenges? What are the specificities or differences between the US and the EU contexts? How does the European Commission contribute to the internationalization of HE in Europe and beyond? And how is the globalization of HE and the emergence of "new markets" impacting the cooperation between EU and US HEIs?