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ACA and IKY invite you to the seminar “Internationalisation and academic freedom”

The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) jointly organise a seminar about internationalisation and academic freedom in higher education. The seminar takes place on April 27, in Athens.

The seminar “Internationalisation and academic freedom” will explore the relationship between populism, anti-intellectualism, authoritarian government and anti-elitist tendencies on the one hand, and higher education in general and academic freedom and internationalisation in particular, on the other. Is there evidence that populist governments (always) pursue anti-international policies, reduce funding and programmes for international mobility and projects, and discourage universities and colleges to engage in internationalisation?

Are critical scholars and students at risk of losing their jobs, being persecuted or imprisoned or, rather, where is this the case? These are two key questions on the seminar agenda. Another one is how higher education institutions and internationalisation agencies (like IKY and their counterparts in other countries with functioning democracies) should respond to countries and universities which restrict academic freedom. Should they suspend cooperation with these countries and their higher education sector or should they reinforce it, as a sign of solidarity with the threatened academics and in the hope that continued cooperation will ‘infect’ the problematic countries with a ‘democracy virus’?

The speakers, moderators and panellists come from Greek, European and American organizations and are ready to share their experience in higher education and internationalization.
The speakers are: Ulrich Grothus, Kostas Gavroglu, Sijbolt Noorda, Allan E. Goodman, Dana Petrova, Marijk van der Wende, Ioannis Economidis, Stefan Zotti, Alenka Flander, Olivier Tschopp, Christian Müller, Katrin Kiisler and Vincenzo Ribi.

Katrin Kiisler is one of the panellists in the session “How shall national agencies as well as universities deal with  ‘difficult countries’?” Katrin is in charge of higher education at Archimedes Foundation. She joined the Archimedes team in 1998 with the mandate to facilitate launching and implementation of Erasmus programme in Estonia.

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The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)

The Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY)

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