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Friday,22 Oct 2021 20:55pm GMT

The recent International Office Programme in April was held at Oriel College, the University of Oxford and delegates were able to experience Oxford academic life first hand by staying within the College building itself during the week.  The weather kindly favoured the event, producing sunshine until the end of the final day.  Delegates came from a total of 8 countries including Mexico, Nigeria, China, Malaysia, India, Austria, Turkey and The Netherlands.

The Programme welcomed a number of eminent speakers who shared their own experiences of developing, managing and running a successful international office in the UK.

On the first day,  Joan-Anton Carbonell, Deputy Director from Kingston International University gave an illuminating overview of the higher education climate that a typical international office is operating within.   Richard Side, Director of Oxford Brookes International University shared his insights regarding developing a strategy that engages stakeholders as his own institution is in the current process of launching a new strategic plan.  Fiona Smart from OAED examined the ways in which an international office can market itself globally.

On the second day we were joined by Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Global Engagement), Reading University who gave some excellent sessions on his own experiences at Nottingham and Reading  Universities as well as the consideration of Trans-National Higher Education. 

Dr. Cliff Hancock, International Relationships Manager, HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council) facilitated a workshop on Thursday, to bring together the key themes and output from the programme.

During the week a number of cultural visits took place to Balliol College, Blackwell’s Bookshop, the new Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum as well as to a variety of different restaurants which everyone enjoyed.