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

Confirmed speakers

Welcome words

Bianka STEGE, Director Education and Society EU Region, British Council

Pr Alain FUCHS, President, PSL

Internationalisation – a story of metrics and rankings?

Ellie BOTHWELL, Global Rankings Editor, THE

Stéphane VINCENT-LANCRIN, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD

Béatrice KHAIAT, Executive Director, Campus France

Thierry COULHON, Counsellor for Education & HE and Research & Education, Elysée

Increasing universities’ international footprints - the policy perspective

Laurence AUER, Director Culture, Educ & Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Michael WORTON, President of PSL’s Strategic Orientation Commitee, PSL

Jack THOMLINSON, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Education

Developing networks and alliances – the European sector perspective

Vivienne STERN, Director, UUKi

Michael HENGARTNER, President, Swiss Rector’s Conference

Giorgio MARINONI, HE Internationlization Policy and Projects, International Association of Universities

Implementing an internationalisation strategy – practical answers

Marc MEZARD, Director, Ecole Normale Supérieure

Jean CHAMBAZ, President, Sorbonne Université

Sylvie RETAILLEAU, Présidente, Paris-Saclay

Muriel TOUATY, French Representative, Technion

Maggie DALLMAN, Vice-President International, Imperial


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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