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Global Engagement in Higher Education: Roadmapping sustainable international cooperation

22 oktober 2021 - 09:00 — 18:00
LUCA - Campus Narafi — Victor Rousseaulaan 75 — 1190 Brussel
Organisator: Vlaamse Hogescholenraad - Global Minds

On Friday, 22 October 2021, de Vlaamse Hogescholenraad, the Council of Flemisch Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts (UASA's), invites you to the 4th Global Minds Conference in Brussels. We are convinced your attendance will be a great asset to this unique conference.


About the conference

During this 1 day-conference we will bring an overview on how UASA’s fulfill their duty on the implementation of global engagement in restricted times.

Starting with lots of individual and collective opportunities for mobilities for students and staff and in 2020 being forced to stop these exchanges due to the pandemic, UASA’s were showing their great adaptability skills. Good practices, innovative methodologies and new types of exchanges and practice-oriented trainings in line with environmental and travel restrictions will be shown by experts in the fields.

A new model of a professional training for teachers beyond the border of time, space and institution will be presented. In full preparation of the next 5 year program, lessons learned will be shown.

In an increasingly rapidly changing world, Global Engagement is becoming a more important theme than ever at the Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts in Flanders.

The conference is taking place at the Campus Narafi of the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. On this Campus, LUCA School of Arts organizes professional bachelor courses in Film, TV and Video and Photography. Narafi was founded in 1939, making it the oldest film and photography school in Belgium. From the beginning, the students found a home in the Duden Castle in the park of the same name in Forest.


09:45 - Welcome
Maria Meulders, host

09:50 - Opening Conference
Koen Goethals, President Vlaamse Hogescholenraad

10:00 - Keynote 1 - “Equal partners in an unequal world – is that possible?”
Gie Goris, Mo Magazine

10:20 - Keynote 2 - “Towards Sustainable Institutionalized COILing; Lessons from Intercultural Engagements”
Goitom Tegegn, Mekelle University, Ethiopia

10:40 - Q and A

11:15 - Breakout Sessions 1 - 4

12:15 - Lunch - “Drink a Coffee with...”

14:00 - Keynote 3 - “Global Engagement Staff Lab”
Ezra Charlier, Hogeschool UCLL

14:15 - Keynote 4 - “Connecting & unlearning dichotomized development”
Prof. Lizahn G. Cloete & Anne-Mie Engelen
Stellenbosch University & HOGENT

14:30 - Keynote 5 - “The theory of Change Global Minds 2.0”
Steven Schoofs, VLIR-UOS

14:40 - Q and A

14:50 - Breakout Sessions 5 - 8

15:50 - Keynote 6 - International solidarity: from charity to justice”
Els Hertogen, 11.11.11

16:05 - Global Minds Award Ceremony

16:15 - Reception


Keynote 1

Equal partners in an unequal world – is that possible?

Gie Goris — Mo Magazine

North-South cooperation will always carry the heritage of the colonial era and the consequences of global inequalities. Which forces us to confront the question whether this cooperation provides a necessary support for our colleagues or projects in the Global South, or whether it is instrumental in reproducing their permanent disadvantages. How can universities and colleges in the Global North approach and handle the inequalities in incomes and power between themselves and their partners in the Global South? In his keynote, Gie Goris will not focus on the correct answer, but on interesting praxis.

Gie Goris was editor-in-chief of MO*magazine (2002-2020) and of Wereldwijd Magazine (1990-2002). He also woked as educator for Broederlijk Delen-Welzijnszorg (1980-1990). He is one of the experts contributing to the Global Engagement Staff Lab and continues to work as a (now retired) journalist for MO* (see e.g. this essay (Dutch) about development cooperation versus international cooperation)

Keynote 2

Towards Sustainable Institutionalized COILing; Lessons from Intercultural Engagements

Goitom Tegegn — Mekelle University, Ethiopia

Due to the pandemic, our Universities of Applied Sciences were forced to overthink their usual activities and projects. In a context of uncertainties, many periods of no-communiation and immobilities Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts were showing their flexilibity in cooperation with their local partners. Turning a South Intensive Project into a COILSIP was one of these successes. Goitom will explain how he experienced it from his University in Ethiopia.

Goitom Tegegn Admasu is a lecturer at the Department of Teacher Education, Institute of Pedagogical Sciences at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. With a passion to the application of trending educational technologies, he has taught courses focusing on diversity accommodation, curriculum and instruction, and instructional technology to undergraduate and graduate students. He has established and led the international office of Mekelle University for seven years during which major achievements were made in partnerships, staff and student mobilities, and recruitment of international students. Goitom firmly believes that higher education efforts should put maximization of opportunities for students at the core of their mission.

His training and practice in internationalization has given him broader network of partners from all corners of the globe. He is currently engaged as a guest lecturer at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences in Belgium, where he, in addition to other internationalization efforts, is serving as the coordinator of an interdisciplinary and intercultural North – South Collaborative Online International Learning course, the Tackling Global Challenges. He is part of the ICECube team, a flagship program at Thomas More University of applied sciences that inspires, engages and coaches driven students through their journey in exercising Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Goitom has a Master of Education degree in Multicultural and Multilingual Education and is a certified expert in Management of Internationalization.

Keynote 3

Global Engagement Staff Lab

Ezra Charlier — UCLL

In a constantly changing world, higher education faces great challenges. We strive to ensure that students are prepared to live and work in a world where borders become more faded. Encouraging engagement and responsibility to deal with the challenges of a globalised world is therefore a key focus in Global Engagement in higher education.

The Global Engagement Staff Lab offers colleagues from all universities of applied sciences tools to reflect on and shape their work from an intercultural perspective. Through exchange, the GESLab strives to inspire policy and practice. During this keynote, you can get a taste of what is offered in the Global Engagement Staff Lab.

Ezra Charlier is international relations adviser at UCLL, University of Applied Sciences. After working in international cooperation for several years, she started her career in higher education in the advanced bachelor Global Citizenship and Development. She currently works in Global Engagement in higher education, both on practice and policy level and is one of the project leaders of the Global Engagement Staff Lab, developed in cooperation with the Vlaamse Hogescholenraad.

Keynote 4

Connecting & unlearning dichotomized development

Prof. Lizahn G. Cloete & Anne-Mie Engelen

A decolonized process against imposed occupation creates opportunities for unlearning notions perpetuate dichotomies such as the rich and the poor, those who know and those who don’t, the north and the south. When global minds connect we have the potential to address global issues as we foster spaces where partners can collaborate on equal terms while we unlearn tendencies to ‘have power over’, ‘keep control over’, separate ‘us’ from ‘them’ and ‘impose our ideas on the project’.

Lizahn Cloete
is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at Stellenbosch University. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a number of book chapters. She coordinates postgraduate research at departmental level. Her practice and research focus on creating supportive environments for women and children affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. She engages with communities of practice in education, social development and non-governmental -sectors. She specialises in capacity appreciation and capacity extension of vulnerable groups, and takes particular interest in research on decolonising undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in higher education. She has extensive teaching experience in relational ethics, professionalism, management and quality assurance and policy implementation in occupational therapy.

Anne-Mie Engelen
is a lecturer & international coordinator Occupational Therapy at HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Her focus is about working in and with the context. This is about involving parents, brothers and sisters in therapy but also about working with the neighbourhood/community. International networking is evident to her as a person and a professional.

Keynote 5

The theory of Change Global Minds 2.0

Steven Schoofs — VLIR-UOS

The current Global Minds programme is coming to an end. Steven will present the ambitions of the new 5-year programme of VLIR-UOS as well as the new Theory of Change for Global Minds.

Steven Schoofs coordinates the Global Minds programme of VLIR-UOS. He has a background in international development cooperation and has worked in the Netherlands, Great Britain and the Philippines.

Keynote 6

International solidarity: from charity to justice

Els Hertogen — 11.11.11

Els will share some of her insights together with some principles who can guide the Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts through the development of the new 5 year programme based on equity, equality and reciprocity.

Els Hertogen recently published a book 'Van liefdadig naar rechtvaardig'.

Breakout Sessions 1 - 4

Session 1

The International Educating Class - for more than 10 years, an International Living Lab

Melanie van Oort-Hall
& Chinidu Blaise Nze
Hogeschool UC Leuven-Limburg

Session 2

PTEC-KdG COIL 'Effectiveness of Teaching

Pieter Borremans
& Maayke Nabuurs
Karel de Grote Hogeschool

Session 3

Global Engagement Changemakers in VIVES UAS

Tine Ternest
& Lies Verstraete
VIVES Hogeschool

Session 4

Inquiry-based science education in metal polluted areas in Peru

Tom Peeters
& Daniel Guerra
Erasmushogeschool Brussel

Breakout Sessions 5-8