Adriana: Researcher and Lecturer
I am Assistant Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Business Organisation of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain. I have been working for the international relations office for 8 years at the UAM School of Business and Economics. There, I was in constant contact with local and international students, university partners, and colleagues all over the world. Since 2005, I’ve volunteered for the Erasmus Student Network, occupying different leadership positions. I am currently a PhD candidate on strategies for welcoming international students, with a specific focus on services provision and volunteer associations.
I’ve been involved in the EAIE in one way or another for the last two years. When I started doing research on international education and attending research seminars at CHEI (Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation) in Milan, some professionals advised me to join the EAIE. The Association has a broad network for meeting people. Being here as an individual and not as a representative of my university, I figured that joining an Expert Community would be a perfect way to become more engaged. I’m now a Steering group member of the EAIE Expert Community Mobility Advising.
I am also an EAIE Academy trainer and my experience has been wonderful. I learned to teach in an international environment, to an international class. This was a great exercise for me because I mostly teach Spanish students. Having a class of participants from different nationalities and different backgrounds was a challenge, but I gained an intercultural experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I definitely brought home some new skills to put in practice during my classes.
I am a proud EAIE member and I am motivated by this boundless network that is full of opportunities – not only for partnerships between universities, but also for young researchers and individuals that want to grow academically and professionally in internationalisation. The EAIE is the place to be when you want to know what is going on in the field.