Workshop Welcome-Services Groningen 2018 From 12 till 14 March 2018, the team of the project "Welcome Centre Campus & Region" visited the international office of the University of Groningen, the "International Welcome Centre North" (IWCN), the Campus "Wageningen University & Research" and the "Expat Center Food Valley" (ECFV). The IWCN and ECFV are pioneering projects showing that the reduction of red tape in universities, firms and government highly accelerate the onboarding process.

During the staff mobility, the team received extensive insights about the diverse working processes, ranging from setting up welcome services to the guidance provided to new citizens and the transition to routine business. Ynske Joustra (University of Groningen), Karen Prowse (IWCN), Petra Kop and Lennart Verhoeven (ECFV) shared their profound experience with the guests and provided valuable tips and answered questions concerning finance, public relations, dual career service or acquisition of new partner companies.

The staff mobility was grant aided by the mobility program Erasmus+ and the U4 Network.

leadership-2018With a first session about 'Developing Academic Talent' Groningen launched the 3rd cycle of the U4 Academic Leadership programme from 7 till 9 February 2018.

The Academic Leadership programme is a training course for senior executives in university management of the four partner universities. The programme allows university leaders (both from academia and administration) to strengthen their skills in leadership and to learn more about university management in today's increasingly international, complex and competitive environment.

The programme spans a 2-year period, comprising four 3-days meetings. Each session deals with a main theme hosted by one of the four universities. The next seminar will take place at Ghent University from 30 May till 1 June 2018.

academy-building-groningenThe Groningen Staff Week 2018 will focus on 2 themes, which participants can choose from: 

(1) Internationalisation at Home. Different aspects of Internationalization at home will be highlighted. Our experts in the field will present what is being done at the University of Groningen and we will exchange experiences and ideas. 

(2) Sustainability and The Green University. How ‘Green’ is your university? And how to become more ‘Green’? The University of Groningen is listed #15 in the Green metric Ranking, a list of the ‘greenest’ universities worldwide. Lots of activities and projects are initiated at the UG to become more sustainable. Several aspects on sustainability will be discussed during the staff week.

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career2017The third module in the staff training cycle ‘Professionalization of Career Services in a Global Context’ took place from 20 to 22 September and was hosted by the university of Groningen. The central topic of this workshop was ‘Future trends – What’s new in our field’.

This training programme gathered around 20 career professionals from the 4 universities and started off with getting together and reconnecting again in 4 intervision groups: one group for PhD & postdoc researchers, two groups working on student-related topics, one group working on alumni.

Intervision is an important part of this staff training as a structural peer-learning format in which best practices are shared and views on particular topics are exchanged among colleagues who share the same expertise. Working on concrete topics in these intervision groups is highly appreciated by all participants. Examples that came out of the intervision groups and that will be further developed are the development of mentoring programmes, joint initiatives for students’ career services,...

Winter School Intercultural Competence 2017 smallFrom 16 to 20 January 2017 the Winter School on Intercultural Competence took place at the University of Groningen. Dr. Janet Bennet, director of the Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, Oregon) joined the event, as well as Alexandra Schreiber (Director of the Center for Intercultural Competence at the Department for Intercultural German Studies, Göttingen).

This week-long workshop was coordinated by Michaela Carrière (Intercultural Communication Section, University of Groningen). Its core theme was the conceptualisation of intercultutal trainings, with a focus on the implementation of different learning types. The structured exchange of ideas about training methods and good practice examples offered many opportunities for analysis and exchange: Participants from science and the world of business took part in the program.