What’s going on at the EAIE Academy in Gothenburg?

What’s going on at the EAIE Academy in Gothenburg?

The second EAIE Academy is taking place this week, 23-27 April, at the University of Gothenburg and as expected, it’s proving to be a real success. As Academy participant, Valeriya from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, says: “From my own experience of organising such events, I know how difficult it is to please everyone but here everything is so well organised!”

The new EAIE 2-day course, ‘Crisis Management: the international dimension’ was very well received by participants who were given the task to deal with real life cases. Being thrown into a tough Press Conference role-play on Tuesday morning, they had to practise handling difficult questions from the press – a very challenging but extremely useful exercise. Several participants stated that as a result of the course, they would be setting up crisis management teams back at their home institutions.

This morning, participants of the ‘Teaching in the intercultural classroom’ course worked on group assignments followed by presentations and this afternoon they are taking part in a role-play allowing them to improve their communication skills with students from diverse backgrounds. Meanwhile, participants of the ‘Marketing in the digital age’ course were engaged in one-on-one consultations with trainer, Tony Lee, and in the final session they looked into the future of marketing and social media. In the course, ‘Joint and double degrees: survival kit for a successful programme’, a participant tweeted that the course offered, “golden rules for joint programmes and sustainable thinking tips” among lots of other valuable ideas.

Five participants of the ‘Crisis Management’ course will stay for the rest of the week taking another new EAIE course: ‘Handling mental health concerns of international students’. As one participant said, “We’ve been waiting for these courses for a long time. There is such a need.” Next to this one, another course has started this afternoon – ‘How to run your summer school successfully’ – and will be followed tomorrow by ‘SEO and online content: strategies for international student recruitment’ and ‘Using benchmarking tools: improve your institutional performance in internationalisation’. Tonight we’ll gather at the Gothenburg University Reception to welcome new participants and trainers and thank our host, the University of Gothenburg, and our sponsor, ETS, for their kind cooperation. Meanwhile the tireless EAIE staff is here daylong ensuring everything goes smoothly.

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