Course Content and Methodology

Course Content and Methodology

The course focusses on four thematic modules. Each unit offers a balance between conceptual learning and practice oriented training, management skills as well as soft skills.

Module 1 – Internationalisation:
Concepts, Systems and Actors


Systems and Processes of Higher Education at National, Regional and Interregional Levels


Concepts and Implications of Internationalisation


Internationalisation Strategies

Module 2 – Competences and
Key Tasks of an International Office (IO)


Structures and Tasks of an International Office


Internationalisation of Research


Internationalisation at Home


Academic Mobility and Partnerships


Marketing and Recruitment

Module 3 – Soft Skills


Intercultural Communication


Conflict Management

Module 4 – Management Skills


Project Management


Change Management

The programme consists of three workshops and the work on a specific project of internationalisation. Although the first module is mainly conceptually driven, the training course will methodologically focus on the practical aspects of internationalisation. Participants will learn about examples of “good practice” from different countries all over the world, and then apply the acquired knowledge to their everyday work in their own universities. Entering into an international dialogue will improve and train their management and intercultural skills, and enhance their awareness and knowledge about developments in internationalisation processes. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to network and establish partnerships worldwide.

Each participant will develop and work on an Internationalisation Project that fits their position and institutional goals. This practice-oriented work will help them to define specific and realistic goals, develop a roadmap, set their own milestones, and to keep record of their tasks.

The participants will be continuously advised during the learning process by mentors and colleagues to guarantee the most individual-tailored training. Shortly after their selection, participants will receive preparatory reading and working materials, which provides them with insights into conceptual issues. The literature will also help them to reflect on the individual/institutional status quo and their specific projects.