academy-building-groningenThe Groningen Staff Week 2018 will focus on 2 themes, which participants can choose from: 

(1) Internationalisation at Home. Different aspects of Internationalization at home will be highlighted. Our experts in the field will present what is being done at the University of Groningen and we will exchange experiences and ideas. 

(2) Sustainability and The Green University. How ‘Green’ is your university? And how to become more ‘Green’? The University of Groningen is listed #15 in the Green metric Ranking, a list of the ‘greenest’ universities worldwide. Lots of activities and projects are initiated at the UG to become more sustainable. Several aspects on sustainability will be discussed during the staff week.

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career2017The third module in the staff training cycle ‘Professionalization of Career Services in a Global Context’ took place from 20 to 22 September and was hosted by the university of Groningen. The central topic of this workshop was ‘Future trends – What’s new in our field’.

This training programme gathered around 20 career professionals from the 4 universities and started off with getting together and reconnecting again in 4 intervision groups: one group for PhD & postdoc researchers, two groups working on student-related topics, one group working on alumni.

Intervision is an important part of this staff training as a structural peer-learning format in which best practices are shared and views on particular topics are exchanged among colleagues who share the same expertise. Working on concrete topics in these intervision groups is highly appreciated by all participants. Examples that came out of the intervision groups and that will be further developed are the development of mentoring programmes, joint initiatives for students’ career services,...

Winter School Intercultural Competence 2017 smallFrom 16 to 20 January 2017 the Winter School on Intercultural Competence took place at the University of Groningen. Dr. Janet Bennet, director of the Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, Oregon) joined the event, as well as Alexandra Schreiber (Director of the Center for Intercultural Competence at the Department for Intercultural German Studies, Göttingen).

This week-long workshop was coordinated by Michaela Carrière (Intercultural Communication Section, University of Groningen). Its core theme was the conceptualisation of intercultutal trainings, with a focus on the implementation of different learning types. The structured exchange of ideas about training methods and good practice examples offered many opportunities for analysis and exchange: Participants from science and the world of business took part in the program.

PandFrom 14 to 16 February Ghent University organises its annual international staff training week around the theme of 'Digital Tools in Internationalisation' in cooperation with the U4 network.  

The aim of this staff training week is to welcome both non-teaching and teaching staff from our partner institutions in order to share experiences and address specific challenges on various topics, such as grade conversion, inter-institutional quality review, the integration of (exchange) student applications, only study guides, housing applications (halls of residence), business intelligence platform, digital mapping, ticketing

Villa bei TagThe U4 Staff Training Seminar on Graduate Schools took place in Göttingen from the 6th to 8th November 2016. Its aim was to deepen the mutual understanding of institutional settings, practices, and traditions as well as concepts of supervision and training.

Graduate schools are located at an interface between young researchers and international offices. They build an important hub for the international exchange of PhD students and researchers, and therefore act as a central agent in promoting the U4 Network and its many possibilities among doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

This training seminar initiated intense exchanges of experience and expertise. Representatives of all four universities and from a wide range of disciplines were present, amongst which included experienced researchers and supervisors, policy advisors on Faculty and central levels, and operative graduate school staff.

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