The Internationalization of Higher Education Institutions#

Because of the coronavirus, the dates for the conference on the internationalization of higher education institutions has been changed.#

The new dates are May 4-6 2022 with the same schedule as the one planned for the May 2020 event.

During the past thirty years or so, the internationalization of higher education institutions has become a very significant issue on the agenda for policy-makers, academic leaders and researchers. Against this backdrop, it is timely to look closer at the conditions for internationalization and its effects. In so doing, the symposium will address questions such as the role of universities in a global world, international rankings, the mobility of ideas and students, costs and returns in internationalization as well as international branch campuses. An expert panel discussion will conclude the symposium, which is an Academia Europaea HERCulES event.

The conference is organized by the Academia Europaea HERCulES group, HERO – Higher Education as Research Object, and the SIHE – The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, with the financial support of Åke Wiberg Foundation and the Department of Education, Uppsala University.

Contact: Johan Boberg,

To be held in the Humanities Theatre at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden with the support of the Åke Wiberg Foundation.


The registration is now open.

Preliminary program#

4 May#

12:30-13:00 Registration

13:00-13:15 Introduction to the symposium by Lars Engwall MAE, Professor Emeritus of Business Studies, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Chair of the Academia Europaea HERCules Group

13:15-14:00 Key-note speech: Hans de Wit, Director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at Boston College. Boston, the United States

14:00-14:15 Leg stretcher

14:15-15:45 Theme 1: Universities in the World Society

Simon Marginson MAE, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Oxford, the United Kingdom, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), and Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education: “The globally distributed European-American university: Tensions and challenges”

Gili Drori, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

15:45-16:15 Coffee break in the Hall

16:15-17:45 Theme 2: Global rankings

Ellen Hazelkorn, Emeritus Professor, BH Associates and Technological University Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Marijk Van der Wende MAE, Professor of Higher Education, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

18:15-20:15 Reception in the University Building

6 May#

9:00-11:00 Theme 3: Mobility of ideas in academia

Johan Heilbron MAE, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France and Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Yves Gingras, Professor in the History Department and Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada (TBC)

Gisèle Sapiro MAE, Professor of Sociology at the EHESS and Research Director at the CNRS, Paris, France Marco Santoro, Professor in Sociology, Department of the Arts, Università di Bologna

11:00-11:30 Coffee break in the Hall

11:30-13:00 Theme 4: International student mobility

Mikael Börjesson, Professor of the Sociology of Education, Uppsala University, Sweden

Robin Shields, Professor of Education, School of Education, University of Bristol, Bristol, the United Kingdom

Aija Lulle, Lecturer in Human Geography, Loughborough University, the United Kingdom: “International student mobility, life transitions, and spatialised trajectories of education and work among ‘Eastern Europeans’ in the London area”

13:00-14:00 Lunch at Matikum, Engelska Parken

14:00-15:30 Theme 5: Student mobility in Europe

Bernd Wächter, Director of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Brussels, Belgium

Mette Ginnerskov-Dahlberg, Researcher at the Department of Education, Uppsala University, Sweden

15:30-16:00 Coffee break in the Hall and transfer to the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies

16:00-17:30 Theme 6: Tuition fees and returns in international higher education

Professor Parvati Raghuram, Geography Department, the Open University, United Kingdom

Dr. Nicolai Netz, Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, Hannover, Germany

17:30-18:30 Refreshments at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Studies

19:00 Dinner at the Gästrike-Hälsinge Student Nation

6 May#

9:00-10:30 Theme 7: International branch campuses

Christine T. Ennew, Provost at the University of Warwick, the United Kingdom, Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus

Kimmo Alajoutsijärvi, Professor of Management at University of Agder, Norway

10:30-11:00 Coffee break in the Hall

11:00-12:30 Concluding panel led by Lars Engwall. Panel members:

Agneta Bladh, Former Under-Secretary of Education, Former Vice-Chancellor of Kalmar University College, Chairman of the Swedish Research Council.

Gudmund Hernes, Professor of Sociology, Former Minister of Education of the Norwegian Government, Chairman of the Board of Uppsala University.

Christine Musselin MAE, Professor of Sociology, Former Dean for Research at Sciences Po and a member of the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, Paris, France and Former President of Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Peter Scott MAE, Professor of Higher Education Studies, University of London, the United Kingdom, former Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University.

George Sharvashidze MAE, Rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Georgia, Former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia.

Melina Žic-Fuchs MAE, Professor of Linguistics, Former Minister of Science and Technology of the Croatian Government, Member of the European Research Council.

12:30 End of Conference

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