Mat Wright

Friday 21 June 2019 -
09:30 to 18:00
Collège de France, Paris

Together with Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) we are hosting a one day seminar bringing together higher education leaders from France and the UK, as well as across Europe.

As higher education becomes increasingly global and competitive, an ever-greater focus is being placed on international rankings, research collaborations, institutional networks and alliances, and the mobility of students and faculty. As universities across Europe develop their international approaches, this seminar will encourage reflection, share experiences and build connections with higher education leaders. Key topics for discussion will be:

  • What opportunities and challenges do global higher education trends present for institutions?
  • How are institutions evolving networks, associations and alliances to increase competitivity?
  • How do institutions develop their internationalisation approaches?

Influential figures in higher education will lead and stimulate discussion through panel discussions. 


09.30 – 10.15  Arrival and welcome words
10.15 - 11.00  Scene setting : Internationalization - a story of metrics and rankings ?
11.00 - 12.30  Panel discussion 1: Increasing universities' international footprints - the policy perspective 
12.30 -  14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30  Reflection and welcome back
14.30 - 16.00 Panel discussion 2: Developing networks & alliances - the European sector perspective
16.00 - 17.30 Panel discussion 3: Implementing an internationalisation strategy - practical answers
17.30 - 17.45 Closing words
18.00 - 19.00 Cocktail


Alain Fuchs, President PSL and former President of CNRS

Michael Hengartner, President University of Zurich & Swiss Rector’s Conference

Vivienne Stern, Director UUKi

Representatives from French & UK governments will also attend.


Vice-Chancellors and Directors/VPs of International Relations and Strategy from UK higher education institutions.

How to register

To register your interest please contact chrissie.mcdonald@britishcouncil.fr.

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