Seminars, Workshops & Staff training


Coimbra Group Training Course on Curriculum Development and Internationalisation Processes

University of Mandalay, Myanmar, 11-15 March 2018

Following an initiative of the Coimbra Group Development Cooperation Working Group, the universities of Bologna, Granada and Vilnius have organised a one-week training course geared towards higher education institutions in Myanmar.

This course, held in Mandalay from March 11 until March 15, aims to train 30 top level professors from Myanmar in curricula design, using a student-centred approach based on learning outcomes. The participating European partners will then introduce the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility scheme, its aims, procedures and main documents. This training event will close with an open day during which representatives from other universities in the region will have the opportunity to meet and introduce their institutions to the Coimbra Group partners. The topics addressed during the training sessions and the open day will contribute to foster collaboration between the Coimbra Group partners involved and universities in Myanmar.


International Staff Training Week at the University of Jena

University of Jena, 24-30 June 2018

From 24 to 30 June 2018 the International Office of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) invites staff from 20 international partner universities to the 2. International Staff Training Week (ISTW).
The main topic of our training will focus on ‘Student Incoming Service’. Therefore we will share our experiences of the incoming unit with you and would ask you for best practice presentations from your incoming field.

Colleagues of FSU Jena will present the following topics:

The goal is to collect best practice examples by using these and your own presentations. At the end of the week, the best experiences will be summarized in a compendium / guide.

With a cultural programme during this week, the international guests become acquainted with the historical city of Jena and its cultural region Thuringia (Weimar, Erfurt). The programme includes, for example, the opening of the International Week in Schiller’s Garden House – a historical treasure of our university, a guided tour through the historical city of Jena, an introduction to the large and extraordinary collections of FSU Jena such as Herbarium Haussknecht and the Botanical Garden.

 The programme will be available via this link:


Staff Week

Uppsala University, 11-14 June 2018

The Department of Education at Uppsala University is arranging a staff week; the themes are internationalization of teacher training, immigration and newcomers and education in a global world.

The schedule and more information on how to register are available here:


 Intercultural Training

Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, 11-15 June 2018

We are pleased to inform you that the registration for the upcoming Intercultural Training 2018 of Eötvös Loránd University, organized by the Erasmus+ and International Programmes Department and the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education (IIPE), Faculty of Education and Psychology IS NOW OPEN.

The training will be held from 11th to 15th June 2018 and targeted mainly to staff members of higher education institutions who work with international students and staff on the day-to-day basis.

The training programme aims to promote intercultural communicational skills and competence especially for those who engage in intercultural encounters in their everyday work, who have a lot of experience but feel that they need to further develop their skills to be more successful.

Participants who meet all the requirements (during the course, eg. active participation) will receive a Certificate at the end of the training.

The participation fee is 110 EUR, which includes welcome package, work materials, costs of local travel, cultural programs, coffee breaks and farewell dinner.

The registration deadline is 9th March, 2018.

For more information and registration please visit

If you need further information, do not hesitate to send an email to (with the subject: Intercultural training 2018).


Staff Training Week 2018 "Welcoming Students"

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy, 18 - 22 June 2018 

Students entering university life come across several challenges and novelties and need guidance, a pointer, a reflection in order to offer them a route to follow, or a tool to get over a hurdle and back on track. Student Services are designed to provide students with the help students need in making the best university experience possible.

Student Services constitute a huge challenge for university administrators: on one hand, you must have functional tools working in everyday practice, on the other you must find the best practices, taking into consideration and harmonizing the interests of students, universities and administrators. This staff-training week aims at presenting some experiences.

Further information and registration at:


CG interdisciplinary conference

“Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments"

Åbo Akademi University, 8-9 March 2018

 The Coimbra Group and Åbo Akademi University are delighted to invite you to the interdisciplinary conference “Interfacing Minorities: Creative Hybridity and Unexpected Environments”, to take place at Åbo Akademi University on 8 and 9 March 2018.

As part of Åbo Akademi University’s Centennial celebrations, the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology and the Minority Research Profile will be hosting the interdisciplinary conference in collaboration with the Coimbra Group working group in Social Sciences and Humanities. Thematically, the emphasis of the Conference will be on positive outcomes, innovations, and solutions arising from the creative friction experienced by minority groups coming into contact with similarly positioned and larger communities.

Please fill in the registration form at  Registration deadline extended until 26 January 2018

For further information about the Conference, please see:

For further information, please contact Harriet Klåvus at Åbo Akademi University (

Conference programme


SPbU Staff Training Week 2018

Saint Petersburg University, 28 May-1 June 2018

Saint Petersburg University would like to invite you to the SPbU Staff Training Week 2018, that will take place between 28 May 2018 and 1 June 2018. The topic of the Staff Training Week is Best Mobility Practices.

You can find more information and the preliminary programme on the website

The registration is already available and open until 31 March 2018. The number of places is limited.

Participants are to pay a registration fee of around 210 euro that covers the programme, lunches for 4 days and dinners for 3 days. Payment options and details will be available later. The participants are to cover their travel and accommodation themselves. At the moment the organisers are discussing some booking possibilities and will give the registered participants some hotel options in January.

The SPbU encourages their Erasmus partners to use Erasmus funds. If you have any questions please contact or


Erasmus+ Staff Week

University of Groningen, 9-13 April 2018

The University of Groningen is pleased to announce their Erasmus plus Staff week. The 5-day programme will focus on 2 themes:

 •          Internationalization at Home

 •          The Green University (sustainability).

Policy & staff members relating to these themes are welcome.


Registration for the staff week is open till February 15th.  Candidates may register their interest in the programme through the online form.

More information

For more information please consult the website ( or get in touch with the Erasmus+ Staff Week coordinator Mrs Anja de Vries (


UCoimbra International Week 2018

University of Coimbra, 9-13 July 2018

The University of Coimbra warmly invites you to the UCoimbra International Week 2018, which will be held between 9th and 13th of July.

The programme will focus on the internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions and therefore applications from staff working with this issue are particularly welcome, even if not based at an international office.

Online applications are available at this link

Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Selection results: 19 April 2018

Preliminary programme

The fee includes: welcome kit and working materials, 4 lunches, welcome dinner and the social activities included in the programme.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the University of Coimbra at the email address


Conference "Current trends in Research and Teaching with Academic Collections"

University of Padova, 1 December 2017

The Heritage Working Group met in Padova on 30th November-1st December 2017. The working group members discussed topics related to University collections, from the organizational forms of the museums, to problems connected to restoration and new strategies of communication to the wider public.

On 1st December, a special session, open to the public, was devoted to “Current trends in Research and Teaching with Academic Collections”.

Conference programme


CG participation at the Annual EAIE Conference

The 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition took place from 12–15 September 2017 at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Centre. Around 6000 participants from 95 countries attended the event.

The Coimbra Group representatives participated in a large number to the event and a few of the conference sessions were chaired and organized by CG members, mainly coming from the Academic Exchange and Mobility (AEM) Working Group. 

You will find here the presentations for the sessions on:

International Credit Mobility

Protocol Procedures for emergency situations




National Stereotyping and Cultural Identities in recent European Crises 

An international and interdisciplinary conference of the ‘Identities in Transformation’ College Research Theme in conjunction with the Coimbra Group Social Sciences and Humanities Working Group

Dublin, 9-11 March 2017

Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

Serious economic, political, and societal crises have shaken Europe in recent years. Within these, and contributing to them, politicians, journalists, and other commentators across Europe have revived, revitalised, and instrumentalised deeply engrained and predominantly divisive patterns of national stereotyping and othering. These patterns can be equally observed in Brexit and the financial crisis, in the Ukraine conflict, in anxieties and controversies around increased migration, and in the rise of populist neo-national parties and movements.

Narratives of culture clash and conflict such as the North-South divide, the East-West conflict, or the antagonism between Catholicism and Protestantism can be traced back to political and cultural fault lines going back centuries, or even millennia. They draw on historical myth, cultural memories, constructed self- and hetero-images, perceived and projected behavioural patterns, alleged cultural identities and stereotypes of national characteristics.

This conference seeks to investigate these crucial cultural dimensions behind recent European crises. It aims to interpret and critique these crisis discourses, to assess their impact, and to consider counter strategies. Experts from fourteen countries across Europe will interrogate the uses and abuses of stereotypes and narratives of othering in crisis discourse through analytic approaches from fields as varied as cultural history, international relations, political science, translation studies and literary analysis. The critical methodologies and historic perspectives of experts from a variety of disciplines offer a deeper understanding of the cultural roots of such discursive instruments of cultural and political crisis as well as new insights into their application.


Full information package and registration



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