Virtual Hamburg Networking Conference (HNC)
The virtual Hamburg Networking Conference's (HNC) aim is to provide a platform for all strategic and key international university partners to share experiences and insights on strategies for tackling the new demands on internationalization in academia. In short sessions we discuss best practice examples and aim to jointly develop sustainable ideas for international academic projects.
On 13, 20, and 27 May 2020 Universität Hamburg invited our international partners to the first three HNC virtual meetings on the topic: “New Demands on Internationalization: Exchanging Experiences during the Corona Pandemic”.
Representatives of twenty-four partner institutions engaged in the meeting series and 50 to 60 participants took part in each session. The meetings included short input presentations by experts from different institutions around the globe to contextualize the topic and issues. The presentations were followed by a discussion with the audience.
Since then the virtual HNC takes place on a regular basis.
Time: 3 to 4 pm
Topic: International Virtual Academic Collaboration Projects
- Prof. Dr. Silvia Maria Melo Pfeifer, Romance Languages Education, Faculty of Education, Universität Hamburgin cooperation with Prof. Dr. Alice Chik, Associate Professor, Macquarie School of Education Macquarie University, Sydney, IVAC Project: In others’ shoes: But how? International virtual collaboration in initial teacher education for sustainable intercultural and multilingual education
- Prof. Dr. Sandra Sprenger, Head of Geography Education Group, Geography Education, Faculty of Education, Universität Hamburg and Prof. Dr. Caroline Leininger-Frézal, Maitre de conférences à l’Université Paris Responsable de master didactique des disciplines Spécialité histoire géographie, IVAC Project: Virtual excursion didactics towards sustainability (VirtEx)
This session of the virtual HNC focuses on two projects at Universität Hamburg's Faculty of Education which integrate international digital cooperation in teaching and learning into their courses. Both projects are part of the "International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC)" program, a funding line by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
During the Corona pandemic many universities expanded their range of digital teaching and learning courses. In order to anchor this digitalization push in international university cooperation, the DAAD has selected around 50 projects for the IVAC program line, which is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around 5.5 million euros until the end of 2021.
Time: 3 to 4 pm (CET)
Topic: eMobi@Dg2 Virtual Mobility
- Nicole Lacasse, President of the Dg2 Network, Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, Université Laval, Canada
- Marie-Andrée Doran, Director of the Permanent Bureau of the Dg2 Network, Vice-Rectorate for External and International Affairs and Health, Université Laval, Canada
In 2020, the members of the Réseau Dg2 have joined to create the eMobi@Dg2 Virtual Mobility Consortium. This virtual mobility program enables regular students to take distance courses at different host universities, while pursuing their studies at their home university. Universität Hamburg joined the network in the spring of 2020.
Founded in 2015 by Université Laval in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux, Réseau Dg2 is a francophone and francophile network of academic leaders created to make a significant contribution and develop innovative responses to issues in governance and management.
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm (CEST)
Topic: Cultural Dimension of Virtual Exchange
- Hilary Kahn, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI; Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University
- Sake Jager, Project Manager ICT & Education, University of Groningen
- Ina-Lotte Dühring, Team head PIASTA, Universität Hamburg
On 29 July, Indiana University and Universität Hamburg invited our international partners to the fourth virtual HNC meeting on the topic: “Cultural Dimension of Virtual Exchange”. As strategic university partners, we were delighted to organize and host the ninety-minute session together. With our international university networks, we explored, if and how the intercultural aspect of mobility can be transferred to virtual exchange.
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm (CEST)
Topic: The future and whether the crisis will speed up or hinder change and progress?
- Kate Roth, Deputy Director, HDR Partnerships and Scholarships, Macquarie University, Sydney
- Shawn Conner-Rondot, Associate Director, International Partnerships, Indiana University
- Jodien Houwers, Senior Policy Advisor International Cooperation, University of Groningen
- Jennifer Gerrard, Director, International Agreements and Visitors, Northwestern University
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm (CEST)
Topic: Challenges regarding student mobility and digitalization
- Prof. Alicia Salomone, Director, Graduate School Office, Vice Presidency of Academic Affairs, University of Chile
- Sarah Jane van der Westhuizen, Manager: Global Education Centre, Stellenbosch University
- Ingrid Hinojosa, Incoming Exchange Students Coordinator, Tallinn University
- Rita Koryan, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University