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EUGLOH Week – internationalisation and exchange at home

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Participants in EUGLOH Week, Lund 2022.

EUGLOH Week at Lund University was organised between 9 and 12 May, with participants from the alliance’s five member universities in France, Portugal, Germany, Sweden and Hungary. Many of the participants also attended the virtual workshop that took place over two days in February.

EUGLOH Week is based on the concept of Staff Week, which is organised in many parts of the world and where actual exchange of information is combined with cultural events so as to build lasting relationships that benefit the universities’ international development. The week also serves to provide inspiration and lead to professional development for the participants.

One of the participants – Anna Hjalmers Mattsson – works as a study advisor and programme coordinator at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She took part in both the two-day virtual workshop on the theme of careers services in February and the EUGLOH Week on site in Lund.

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Anna Hjalmers Mattsson, study advisor and programme coordinator at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

“At the moment, a colleague and I are in the process of concluding a project entitled Coordinated careers activities at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which aimed to find out how we can build up a careers service organisation at the faculty,” explains Anna. “During the course of this work, it has been particularly important to meet others with similar duties and to find out how they approach the task, both in Sweden and abroad”.

The concept of combining a digital workshop with days of meetings attended in person, known as blended mobility, is not new, but something that the Erasmus+ programme is now highlighting as an opportunity in internationalisation. For almost three years, the EUGLOH alliance has been able to offer virtual courses, partly due to the pandemic, and partly so that future international exchange activities will not require participants to travel abroad to acquire international experience.

“The EUGLOH Week became a good opportunity to follow up on what we discussed in February and to build even stronger ties between our higher education institutions and of course, to get to know these people even better in view of new meetings and potential collaborations,” concludes Anna Hjalmers Mattsson.