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.
Academic staff are central stakeholders in higher education institutions and play a crucial role in their organisations’ internationalisation efforts. But how can academic staff best be supported to engage with their institutions’ internationalisation strategies and activities?
Join us on Friday 26 June at 11:00 CEST for this free, one hour webinar that will present the first findings of an EU-funded project, Systemic University Change Towards Internationalisation for Academia (SUCTIA), which is focused on these dynamics.
In this webinar you will:
Presenter Laura Rumbley will be joined by panellists Joanna Domagala, from the Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poland; Jane Pollard, from the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy; Maria Amélia Tomás Veiga, from the Universidade do Porto (U.Porto), Portugal; and Marina Casals Sala, from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Spain. We hope you can join us.
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
AMU hosted the first transnational project meeting that took place in Poznań on Dec 16-17, 2020. The event was attended by 16 participants from 8 Partner institutions. The aim of the meeting was to present an outline of the project, as well as its agenda, schedule and discuss the division of work and responsibilities. We have also already started working on the first Intellectual Output, that is “European report on systemic university changes towards internationalisation for academic staff in European Higher Education Institutions”, which will be coordinated by EAIE in the cooperation with all Partners.
One of the meeting outputs is already a short video explaining what SUCTIA is all about and why it is important to internationalize all groups of staff at HEIs, in particular academics.