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Archimedes Foundation contributes to the EU Presidency Conference on Migration “The EU in the Global Race for Talents”

The Estonian EU Presidency Conference on Migration takes place in Tallinn University on September 21-22. The overall aim of the conference “The EU in the Global Race for Talents: Challenges and Solutions in Strengthening the EU’s Competitiveness”, organised by the Estonian National Contact Point (NCP) for the European Migration Network (EMN), is to review the current state of talent migration in the European Union and to encourage an exchange of ideas between key stakeholders in this field.

The welcoming speech will be given by Professor Tiit Land (Rector of Tallinn University) and the opening speeches by Mr Andres Anvelt (Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Estonia) and Mr Olivier Onidi (Deputy Director General of the Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs (DG HOME), European Commission).
The main topics on the first day will be “The EU in the Global Race for Talents”, “Member State Practices in the EU”, “Companies in the Globalized World” and “Global Talent on the Move”.

The second day focuses on attracting and retaining talents – this time the conference focuses on startup founders, employees and students. The workshops for student migration are organized by Archimedes Foundation, Tallinn University and the European Migration Network.
These workshops focus on the topic of attracting and retaining foreign students in Estonia and the European Union more broadly. It is primarily aimed at policy makers, universities, students as well as employers. Speakers include representatives of the European Commission, Campus France, ICF/EMN and other institutions.


About attracting foreign students – Session I

Top universities in Europe and elsewhere have always attracted the world’s best talent, benefitting and driving innovation in their respective countries. In recent years, however, an ever-increasing number of universities in Europe seek to attract international students from Asia, Africa and the Americas. In parallel, EU Member States and many European institutions are also working on several comprehensive strategies to enhance the attractiveness of Europe’s higher education landscape. This session will give an overview of the priorities of the European Commission on student migration, introduce a case study on higher education internationalization activities from France, and offer an insight into the perspective of foreign students on the move. The session is moderated by Eero Loonurm, Head of Communication Department at Archimedes Foundation.

About retaining foreign students – Session II

The goal, however, should not be simply attracting foreign students to the EU, but also incorporating them into the labour market after they graduate. Foreign students are one of the best, yet largely untapped and unknown pools of talent for employees and start-up entrepreneurs and only a fraction of them remain in the Member State where they completed their studies. This prompts a number of questions: What are Member States currently doing to retain them? What are the legal, barriers to unleashing their full potential in Europe? Which organisations take action to keep them here? Those questions are the focus of the EMN/ICF presentation. Participants of this session are also given an overview of the Dutch and Estonian national approaches to foreign student retention. This workshop is a platform for sharing best practices and inspiring Member States that are only taking their first steps in international student retention. The session is moderated by Hans Lemmens, Coordinator of the National Contact Point of the Netherlands for the EMN.


Day II
08:00—08:45 Registration
08:45—08:50 Introduction to the Workshop (Eero Loonurm, Head of Communication Department at Archimedes Foundation)
08:50—09:15 “Changes in the EU directive 2016/801 regarding attracting and retaining students from the Third Countries,” Laura Corrado, Head of the Legal Migration and Integration Unit, DG HOME, European Commission
09:15—09:55 “Higher education promotion activities in France,” Johanna Hellwig, Chief of Projects, European Projects Services in Campus France
09:55—10:15 “Talent’s perspective: Motivations in choosing a foreign country for studying, and the reasons for staying there/moving on/moving back,” Hakan Karaoglu, International Communication and Marketing Coordinator at Tallinn University of Technology
10:15—10:35 Coffee break
10:35—10:40 Introduction to the workshop (Hans Lemmens, Coordinator of the National Contact Point of the Netherlands for the EMN).
10:40—11:00 “The state of TCN student retention in the EU: Statistics, legal incentives and coordination of retention policies in the Member States,” Norma Rose, Junior Consultant at EMN/ICF
11:00—11:20 “The Estonian national approach to student retention,” Raul Ranne, Head of Higher Education Unit at Archimedes Foundation
11:20—11:45 “The Dutch national approach to student retention,” Karen de Man, Communications Advisor, Holland Alumni Network at Nuffic
11:45—12:05 “Work in groups: Opportunities and challenges in building solid student retention policies
12:25—12:40 Workshop conclusions
12:40—12:50 Closing remarks

More information:

European Migration Network Estonian Contact Point web page
About the conference “The EU in the Global Race for Talents”
Conference strand “Student attraction and student retention”

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