Discussions and shared experiences formed the major part of this week focused on the development of internationalisation in higher education institutions.
14 people from Europe and beyond (Algeria, Brazil, Taiwan), including 12 different nationalities, came to the International Affairs Department (DARI) in the framework of an Erasmus week on the theme of internationalisation in higher education: lessons drawn from experience and opportunities, which took place between 5 and 9 December 2016.
Participants were welcomed by the president of the university, Professor David Alis.
The aim of this Erasmus Staff Week was to create an environment for discussion around the major issues in the internationalisation of higher education, paying particular attention to three themes organised into workshops: a first workshop dealing with international visibility, with two others focused on practices, evaluation and welcome and exchange strategies between partners.
Three themed workshops:
- How to be visible in an international cooperation network: What indicators and rankings to use?
- How should international students be welcomed? Sharing good practice.
- Partners: selection, interaction and communication strategies. How to follow and evaluate our exchanges.
Meeting faculty members and discovering the campuses and scientific collections
Meetings with various members of the university were also organised, such as a meeting with the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Professor Eric Avenel, along with Henri Cuvellier (Administrative manager) and Jean-Louis Le Fessant (Registrar's Office manager) in order to discuss the strategy of their faculty, conception and evolution of training programmes. Representatives of the IGR-IAE (Graduate school of management) and the Faculty of Law and Political Science took part in a workshop and welcomed participants to their premises in order to discuss the international student welcome procedure in their faculties.
The week was also the opportunity to visit specific university sites such as the Paimpont Biological Field Station, with a tour of the site and a presentation of their activity, and to discover the heritage of Université de Rennes 1 through the scientific collections of the university presented by Marie-Aude Lefeuvre and Marion Lemaire and to visit the library with Danielle Becdelièvre.
Particpants were also able to discover Brittany's tangible and intangible cultural heritage with a visit to the Cercle Celtique de Rennes and to the Parliament of Brittany.
A complete programme and a full list of participants is available for downloading.