OeAD Higher Education Conference 2021: a review

2. December 2021 Higher EducationEuropean ProgrammesOeAD
The Higher Education Conference on 22 and 23 November was dedicated to the topic of “Green Internationalisation: Internationalisation in the context of climate justice and sustainability”.

The basic theme of the OeAD Higher Education Conference 2021 was post-pandemic changes and the discussion of internationalisation concepts that include sustainability and climate awareness. The conflicting areas of physical mobility and environmental awareness, virtual distance and personal closeness as well as economic efficiency and inclusion were discussed in presentations and discussion forums with the aim of developing possible strategies for future action. More than 350 people participated online in the presentations and discussions, in forums and workshops, and in complementary webinars.

Below you will find the video recordings and presentations to listen to and read. Further recordings as well as short summaries of the results from the thematic forums will be added shortly.

Listen & Read

Pre-Conference Evening Event (22 November 2021)

Welcome and evening lecture by Ilija Trojanow: "Utopien im globalen Zusammenhang" (“Utopias in a global context”) (video recording on OeAD Youtube)
In his guest lecture Ilija Trojanow talked about utopias in a global context. He argued that it is time for new radical thinking – a new utopia. 

Plenary Session and Discussion 'Green Internationalisation' (23 November 2021)

Welcome Jakob Calice (OeAD) & Barbara Weitgruber (BMBWF)

The Future of Academic Mobility – Digitisation, Internationalisation, Sustainability (PDF)  
(video recording on OeAD Youtube)

Elisa Bruhn-Zaß (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) 

Green Internationalisation. Observations & Recommendations from a European Study
(in English) (PDF

(video recording on OeAD Youtube)
Mika Saarinen (EduFi – Finnish National Agency for Education) 

Sustainability initiatives of Austrian higher education institutions – three insights

Panel discussion

Shaping the internationalisation of higher education institutions in a climate-friendly way. How do we reconcile aspirations and realities? (video recording on OeAD Youtube)
Discussion by Elisabeth Brunner-Sobanski (FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences), Jakob Calice (OeAD), Günter Getzinger (Graz University of Technology & Alliance of Sustainable Universities) and Barbara Weitgruber (BMBWF). Hosted by: Gerhard Volz (OeAD)

Erasmus+ 2022 – Preview of major new developments (PDF)
Martin Gradl (OeAD)

New developments in the OeAD scholarship and grant programmes (PDF)
Lydia Skarits (OeAD)

Thematic Forums (23 November 2021)

Forum 1: New forms of teaching and learning
(video recording on OeAD Youtube) ((Summary, PDF)
with contributions from Günther Berger (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences) and Elisabeth Pelikan (University of Vienna). Hosted by: Katharina Cepak, Julia Österbauer-Vabitsch (OeAD)

Forum 2: Social sustainability is more: Gender and diversity
(video recording on OeAD Youtube) ((Summary, PDF)
with contributions from Susanne Hamscha (factor-D-Diversity-Consulting) and Ingrid Schacherl (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna). Hosted by: Lisa Edelbacher, Maria Unger (OeAD)

Forum 3: Short and hybrid: Blended Learning as a challenge for mobility
(video recording on OeAD Youtube) ((Summary, PDF)
with contributions from Christopher Rindhauser (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and Ioan Turcin (FH Campus 02 University of Applied Sciences). Hosted by: Margit Dirnberger, Veronika Fuchshuber (OeAD)

Forum 4: International approaches to “Green Internationalisation”
(video recording on OeAD Youtube) ((Summary, PDF)
with a contribution from Karin Dobernig (Wiener Neustadt University of Applied Sciences). Hosted by: Lukas Alexander, Rainer Einzenberger (OeAD)

Workshops, trainings, consultations and interaction (24–26 November 2021)

24 November 2021

25 November 2021

26 November 2021

Contributions to the other forums and webinars will be added shortly.

Photo Gallery Higher Education Conference 2021