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This exploratory study serves as the first intellectual output of Systemic University Change Towards Internationalisation for Academia (SUCTIA). It is hard to start describing SUCTIA without prior mention of the SUCTI project, which was its inspiration and foundation. SUCTI Academia is built on SUCTI, which was a three-year initiative (2016-2019) approved for funding under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ – KA2 Strategic Partnerships for higher education focusing on the internationalisation of administrative staff. The project was coordinated by the URV, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) under the supervision of Marina Casals Sala who was its Coordinator. SUCTI has already shown that systemic change through trainings for administrative staff is a key to success of the international university and the impact of this change has been measured and assessed.

                Due to immense success of the SUCTI project, as well as prevailing need to internationalize academics at partner universties, the Consortium decided to embark upon a new adventure and take a chance at transferring SUCTI experience onto a new project – SUCTIA or in other words SUCTI Academia. It became apparent to all SUCTI members that academic staff members, that is teachers and researchers, are another crucial pillar of the university and their internationalization through training may be a great possibility to internationalize the entire institution.

                In 2019 eight SUCTI Partners and a new organization to the project decided to collaborate again and apply for funding within the Strategic Partnership of the Erasmus + program for the years 2019-2022 and successfully received the financial support to work on the SUCTIA project. The SUCTI Consortium is coordinated by the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland) and has eight Partners, that is four universities: University of Porto (Portugal), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain) as well as four sector-related organisations: the European Association for International Education, the Global Impact Institute, Santander Group (formerly SUCTI associate, now full partner) and European Consortium of Accreditation (ECA being a new member in the SUCTIA team).    

SUCTIA aims at empowering the academic staff by providing them with knowledge and skills related to their university’s internationalisation process. The aim of the project is also to raise awareness and shift the internal culture of our institutions towards internationalization, thus creating a systemic change in our institutions and in European Higher Education.

This report depicts the provision of internationalisation training for academic staff members at European institutions. It also presents the current internationalisation trends with regard to academia as well as offers an institutional perspective on internationalising academics. The outcome of surveys that was put together in a form of this report will serve as a basis for creating the content of training modules for future experts and trainers of internationalisation at SUCTIA Partner institutions.

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Joanna Domagała, SUCTIA Coordinator at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań.