SAIA, n.o.


Conference Invitation

Day of Academic Mobility and Internationalisation VII

26 November 2019

location: Hotel Tatra, Námestie 1. mája 5, Bratislava, Slovakia


Organised by: SAIA, n. o. (Slovak Academic Information Agency); the conference is organised within the programmes administered by SAIA based on contracts with the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, European Commission and with other partner organisations.

The event aims to provide employees of universities and research organizations who are professionally engaged in international cooperation and internationalisation of their institutions, with up-to-date information from Slovakia and from abroad in the respective area, as well as to create space for debate on current issues and challenges and for sharing of good practice. The 7th Day of Academic Mobility and Internationalisation will be focused mainly on planned strategy for internationalisation of higher education in Slovakia. It will offer insights into the current state of internationalisation in Slovakia, possible solutions and examples of good practice from abroad. Within the event also workshops will be organised to share exchange of experiences and to serve as inspiration in various aspects connected with international mobility and its quality.

The registration has been already closed for capacity reasons. 




During the plenary part of the conference Slovak/English simultaneous interpreting will be available. Workshops will be using indicated communication languages without interpreting.


8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15

Opening Address

- Michal Fedák, Executive Director of SAIA, n. o.


PART I. Internationalisation of Higher Education

9:15 – 9:45

Why the universities do not offer international environment? (findings of the “To dá rozum – Learning Makes Sense” project on the internationalisation of teaching, science and life at Slovak universities)

- Renáta Hall and Stanislav Lukáč, MESA10

9:45 – 11:15

Impulses for the Strategy for Internationalisation of Higher Education in Slovakia

- Michal Fedák, SAIA, n. o.

10:15 – 10:35

Polish perspective – EU Structural Funds as a supporting instrument for internationalisation of higher education

- Magdalena Kachnowicz, NAWA (Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange)

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00

Coffee/Tea Break


PART II. Assessing the Quality of Internationalisation

11:00 – 11:30

Accreditation standards and international dimension of Slovak universities

- Robert Redhammer, Slovak Accreditation Agency for Higher Education

11:30 – 12:30

Monitoring Internationalisation of Czech Higher Education – motivation and experiences of the Palacky University in Olomouc

- Dalibor Mikuláš, Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic)

12:30 – 13:30



PART III. Workshops on Issues Related with Mobility and Internationalisation

13:30 – 16:00

Workshop A: Quality of internationalisation – institutional and programme aspects

  • workshop leader: Maciej Markowski, International Policy Advisor of Polish Accreditation Committee, Chair of the Board of the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education
  • language: English (without interpreting)
  • workshop details: Internationalisation is a complex phenomenon and is strongly influenced by the context in which it takes places. As a multidimensional concept, the realisation of internationalisation widely varies in different higher education settings. This means the quality of internationalisation should be developed and assessed in the context of the institutional and programme’s goals. In this workshop you will find out what is important when develop and assess the quality of internationalisation, and thus how to improve them to be more significant. The workshop will be based on the CeQuInt (Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation) methodology developed by European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (for more information see:


Workshop B: Admission of foreigners to higher education in Slovakia - sharing good practice and identifying challenges in this process

  • workshop leader: Michal Fedák, SAIA, n. o.
  • language: Slovak (without interpreting)
  • workshop details: The workshop will provide the opportunity for sharing the practice of the participants in the admission of foreign students for the full study in Slovakia – we will jointly discuss the dissemination of information about study opportunities, observe if the trend is rather a selection of candidates or active recruitment of students, we will also share the practices of admission procedures and their settings (on the level of official admission conditions, course of the admission and also on level of clear presentation of these processes to foreign applicants) – we also jointly try to identify the challenges of the respective approaches and aspects. The aim of the workshop is not to provide the only correct and valid solution, but to map the current situation and to inspire each other how to do things differently, more clearly, in a more transparent way, and thus attract high quality students from abroad to study at Slovak universities.


Workshop C: Think local for going global. Cooperation at local level and support to international researchers and students (good practices and cooperation planning)

  • Janika Hango, Tartu Welcome Centre: Cooperation between City of Tartu and universities
  • Petra Dzurovčinová, Bratislava City Council: Bratislava as an open laboratory
  • workshop leader: Karla Zimanová, Janka Kottulová, SAIA, n. o./EURAXESS Slovakia
  • language: English and Slovak (without interpreting)
  • workshop details: During the workshop good practices will be presented, where collaborations between universities and various stakeholders at local level (e.g., several universities, city councils, employers) have helped to improve services for international researchers and students, thus making the university and research area in the city more visible. The aim of this workshop is to identify topics suitable for local co-operation, potential partners and to plan first steps that will improve the advice and services for researchers and students from abroad to strengthen the international environment. The advantages of such an approach may be, e.g., saving/sharing resources, gaining a critical mass of clients, awareness about local problems and opportunities, new ideas, and last but not least, improving services for researchers and students.


14:45 - 15:00   Coffee/Tea Break (the time of the break is indicative; it may vary depending on the respective workshop schedule)

16:00 – 16:30

Feedback Session from the Workshops




The event is organised with financial support of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.