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The Centre for Research and Innovation in Linguistic Education
Conferences 2015

Special Strand CLIE-2015: 

Linguistic and Intercultural Education in the Process of Internationalisation of Higher Education, 26-28 March 2015


Venue and host institution: University of Alba Iulia, Romania
Special Theme: Including an "intercultural dimension" in the internationalisation of teaching, learning and research


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The 2nd Exploratory Workshop:

 Internationalisation of Higher Education: Challenges and Rewards

Alba Iulia, 26 - 28 March, 2015


Dear colleagues,


We are honoured to invite you to the second edition of the Exploratory Workshop: Internationalisation of Higher Education: Challenges and Rewards Alba Iulia, 26 - 28 March, 2015.



We warmheartedly invite you to give presentations in the Exploratory Workshop and engage in the open forum which will address the challenges faced by the globalizing culture and education nowadays.




Please send us your proposals (500-word abstracts) by 31st of January 2015. Letters of acceptance will be sent by 15th of February 2015.


Below you will find the official programme of the Exploratory Workshop and the suggested topics (but not limited to) that will be addressed.

Please send your full contributions (5000 words) by 28th of February 2015. Accepted contributions will be published in the Workshop Proceedings (on CD, with ISBN), and included in the Workshop pack.

A selection of (extended) papers (4500-9000 words) will be published in the Journal of Linguistic and Intercultural Education - JoLIE 2015, which is indexed by EBSCO, ProQuest, Index Copernicus, Cabell’s Directories, Ulrichs Web, The Linguist List.

Further details will follow in due time.


Meet us in the magical fortress lying in the heart of Romania – Alba Carolina!

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of the 2nd Exploratory Workshop:


Internationalisation of Higher Education: Challenges and Rewards

Alba Iulia, 26 - 28 March, 2015


Workshop aims:

- Setting up a Network of European Universities’ Centres for International Relations;

- Finding better ways to manage institutional processes and communication in relation to internationalisation;

- Enhancing the communication component of the internationalisation strategy through promoting mobility programs, university programs, facilities, opportunities and internationalisation aspects;

- Analysing the institutional means through which universities can embed in their internationalisation strategies the recommendations of the European Commission regarding international student and staff mobility; the internationalisation and improvement of curricula and digital learning; and strategic cooperation, partnerships and capacity building.



Internationalisation of higher education is one of the major aims of educational policies worldwide. In a smart and knowledge-based society, universities and educational actors and policy makers seek to achieve a global interconnected network of synergetic systems. Within this context, internationalised universities can help students achieve their goals to obtain a quality education and pursue research. It provides students with an opportunity for “real world, real time” experiential learning in areas that cannot simply be taught in a classroom setting. Likewise, institutions may gain a worldwide reputation, as well as a foothold in the international higher education community, and rise to meet the challenges associated with globalisation.

Higher education institutions engage in internationalisation for a variety of reasons, and generally several different drivers are concurrently at work:

-        To prepare students for ‘global citizenship’;

-        To prepare students for the global workforce;

-        To enhance the quality of teaching and research;

-        To strengthen institutional capacity;

-        To enhance prestige and visibility;

-        To generate revenue;

-        To contribute to local or regional economic development;

-        To contribute to knowledge production on global issues;

-        To solve global problems;

-        To increase international understanding and promote peace.

It is therefore necessary to ensure institutional ownership of the internationalisation strategies developed by HEIs, to mainstream these at the level of the institution, by involving all the stakeholders (i.e. students, teaching and research staff, administrative staff within the institution, as well as institutional partners and collaborators).


Workshop duration:

26-28 March, 2015


Workshop venue:

University of Alba Iulia, Romania


Workshop activities:

1. Morning sessions:

Format: 45 mins (30 mins presentations + 15 mins discussions / activities with other participants)

2. Round tables:

Format: 30 mins (20 mins presentations + 10 mins discussions / activities with other participants)

3. Conclusions / Round-up sessions:

Format: 90 mins


Workshop agenda:

The agenda of the workshop was established starting from the European Commission’s COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS. European higher education in the world, Brussels, 11.7.2013.



Therefore, we welcome individual presentations in the following areas:

I. International mobility of students and staff

-       Fair and formal recognition for competences gained abroad for internationally mobile students, researchers and staff;

-       Support to HEI’s to increase their international profile through appropriate rules on immigration of third-country nationals;

-       Developing internationalisation strategies to include a strong student, researcher and staff mobility component, supported by a quality framework including guidance and counselling services;

-       Promoting the social benefits of international mobility at the individual, institutional and societal level.



II. Internationalisation at home and digital learning

-       Developing international curricula for the benefit of both non-mobile and mobile learners;

-       Developing opportunities for international collaboration via online learning and expanding the use of ICTs and Open Education Resources;

-       Implementing continuing quality enhancement based on European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) for internal and external quality assurance of higher education and implementing the national qualifications framework in compliance with EQF in the EHEA.



III. Strengthening strategic cooperation, partnerships and capacity building

-       Strengthening the capacity of higher education and research to address global challenges by engaging in innovation-orientated international partnerships and alliances;

-       Providing entrepreneurial and innovative curricula including transferable skills, and creating international training opportunities;

-       Addressing obstacles for the development and implementation of joint and double degree programmes;

-       Ensuring coherence between internationalisation strategies and EU development cooperation policies by considering the principles of equity and partner country ownership.



IV. Special strand:

CLIE – 2015. Linguistic and intercultural education

in the process of

internationalisation of higher education


-       Opportunities offered to students, researchers and staff to develop language skills and intercultural competencies;

-       Practical ways of including an ‘intercultural dimension’ in the internationalisation of teaching, learning and research;

-       Pedagogic discourses in language and identity (de)construction;

-       Building a web space for intercultural ethos through computer-mediated communication.

Exploratory Workshop (Conference) fee – 50 €: workshop pack (Workshop programme, Workshop Proceedings), refreshments and coffee breaks, lunches on 26 and 27 March and dinner on 26 March.


Social programmes on Friday and Saturday are optional and are charged individually (30 Euro per trip and meal). A minimum number of participants is required for the trips to be organised.

This programme contains two different types of events:


Plenary lectures by keynote speakers: 15 to 20-minute presentations;


Lectures: individual presentations following a strict format of 10 minutes + 5 to 10 minutes of discussion; lecture sessions typically contain 3 consecutive presentations.



Organizing committee:


Assoc. Prof. Teodora Iordăchescu, Ph.Ed., Head of the Centre for International Relations and Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, teo_popescu@hotmail.com

Daniel Mihai Melinte, International Relations Officer, erasmusplus_uab@yahoo.com

Adina Elena Petrescu, International Relations Officer, international_uab@yahoo.com


You can send your proposals for participation in CLIE-2015 to the following address: teo_popescu@hotmail.com