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IHES

Internationalisation at present is primarily focused on the Higher Education (HE) staff and students as the target groups and on mobility as the main activity, however, internationalisation at home remains marginal.

Higher Education Institutions are increasingly active, but in social engagement these activities are usually viewed as competing for priority and relevance with excellence in research and internationalisation.

With many social challenges at hand, internationalisation will be in the need of string instruments to support change which at the same time would be considering social engagement and internationalisation at home. In addition, internationalisation and social engagement usually do not cooperate but compete for resources instead. Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society (IHES) aims to change this and activate the internationalisation potential for social engagement.

This project aims to build activities concerning the real needs of society. IHES wants to test different approaches in two different regions, Catalonia and the Olomouc region, using a quasi-experimental design. It aims to generate knowledge that can be easily transferred from the regions and partners involved in the project. IHES focuses on ensuring that the entire project is based on a multi-level inclusive approach while targeting HE institutions and their networks, social actors and their networks, and regional governments.

Project Objectives

    • To build activities concerning the real needs of society. To define this, the Intellectual Output 1,2 activities will be implemented while analysing the needs of society and the already existing projects.
    • To test different approaches in a “regional lab“ setting, thereby also using a quasi-experimental design by working in two different regions of Catalonia and the Olomouc region. Different approaches will be tested, compared and then set into context with findings related to the first objective. This will be also included in the Intellectual Output 3.
    • To generate knowledge that can be easily transferred from the regions and partners involved in the project.  As many Higher Education institutions as possible shall be able to learn from the experience and possibly prepare their own future IHES projects. The Intellectual Outputs 4-6 are related to and based on this particular objective as well.
    • To ensure that the entire project is based on a multi-level inclusive approach that takes into account the main target groups of the project. All intellectual outputs and particularly the constellation of the consortium serve this goal, too.

Project Partners

This project includes eight partner institutions with Palacký University Olomouc as the main coordinator. Partner institutions include Universitat Rovira i VirgiliDepartament D´Empresa i Coneixement, Generalitat de Catalunya and Grupo Santander in SpainAcademic Cooperation Association and Lifelong Learning Platform in Belgium, and Global Impact Institute s.r.o. and the Olomouc Region in the Czech Republic.

Associate Partners

This project also includes four Associate partners who will participate in Multiplier events, dissemination to and feedback from their members on developed products.
Associate partners include Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), Alliance of Centres for International Relations, The Czech Republic (ACIR CZ) and Erasmus Student Network on both national (ESN CZ) and local level (ESN UP Olomouc).

Website: https://ihes.upol.cz/

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