The FRIENDS project’s Final International Conference was held in a hybrid mode on 20-21 October 2022. The online streaming of this major dissemination event made it possible for the conference to reach more people across Asia and Europe. Nearly 120 participants joined the event in Bhutan and at the FRIENDS HEIs in Europe and in the ASEAN region.
Through keynote speeches and networking opportunities, the Conference raised awareness on the importance of higher education internationalisation and globalisation in Bhutan. Prominent keynote speakers were Dasho Nidup Dorji (Vice Chancellor of Bhutan, Executive Head of the Royal University of Bhutan), Adrian Veale, Project Officer (European Commission, DG EAC, Unit C3 – International Cooperation), and Jos Beelen (Professor of Global Learning: The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands). In addition to the 3 keynote speeches, the agenda on Day 1 covered 2 parallel sessions with presentations and workshops delivered by the project consortium members. FRIENDS partners’ contributions focused on the one hand on the general framework and policies of higher education internationalisation and globalisation, and on the other hand on various aspects of the FRIENDS project’s implementation, results and impact.
The 2-day event was attended by higher education policy makers and practitioners in Bhutan, senior university managers and officers in charge of internationalisation outside the FRIENDS consortium, representatives of the Ministry of Education in Bhutan, Paro College of Education, Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, and College of Natural Resource, to name a few. Networking was in the heart of the second day of the conference and attendees were able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences. FRIENDS consortium members had to chance to engage in a series of brokerage and networking sessions with senior managers and International Relations Officers from 15 HEIs in Bhutan as well as representatives of the Department of Adult and Higher Education at the Ministry of Education under the Royal Government in Bhutan. The 25 breakout sessions aimed to establish new links and to pave the way for future academic partnerships between HEIs in Bhutan and FRIENDS HEIs from Europe and the ASEAN region.
The agenda of the conference can be found here.
Presentations of participants:
- Christina Armutlieva (VUM) – Embracing Intercultural Engagement and Cultural Diversity on Campus and Beyond: FRIENDS Project’s Achievements and Impact
- Ayse Deniz Ozkan (IAU) – Trends in Internationalization in the Post-Pandemic Era
- Andrew Seddon (APU) – Internationalisation in the Curriculum
- Richell Lamadrid (SLU) – Institution’s Best Practices on Embedding Internationalisation at Home
- Gyorgy Tury (BMU) – Contemporary Transnational Higher Education in the Context of the Global De-Democratization Process
- Ronald Binati (BUC) – Importance of IaH Strategies for Global Competence
- Daisy Torino (CTU) – Beneficial Advantages of FRIENDS Projects to the Youth
- Rhodora Magan (CTU) – Indigenous Poetic Visions in Cebu Seeing the Eco-Milieu Toward Cultural Quotient Development
- Ronald Galindo (CTU) – Development of a Mobile Instructional Technology Equipment for Community Development Plans
- Raymond Zepp (DIU) – Cambodia Cultural Information for International Students
- Ana Maria Pavel (PSU) – International Strategy-IaH Experience
- Lindsay Kamakahi (RTC) – Internationalization Practices at RTC
- Pem Pelden (RTC) – Bootcamp Experiences
- Andrew Macalma (SLU) – Intercultural Passport beyond FRIENDS Project
- Corazon Kawi (SLU) – IMPACT of Intercultural Awareness and Cultural Diversity MOOC on Learners of Saint Louis University
- Bill Shields (SRU) – Svay Rieng University
- Grzegorz Klapyta (SUT) – European Universities Initiative
- Aleksandra Kuzior and Katarzyna Postrzednik-Lotko (SUT) – Globalisation of Higher Education for Sustainable Development
- UC – A Transformative and Resilient University Through FRIENDS
- UC – Best in both Worlds