The fifth training webinar of the INsPIRE project was held on September 23rd, on Trends of internationalisation. Speakers at the webinar were Dr. Filippo Sartor, Head of the Latin America, Africa and Middle East Unit of the University of Bologna, and Prof. Ahmad Al Addous, the Rector’s Delegate for Arab Countries of the University of Bologna. The wide-ranging experience of the University of Bologna in internationalisation is a key tassel of the project, core of the next training foreseen in WP4, and drove the fifth lecture of the INsPIRE training.

The webinar was held in both English and Arabic.




The session was introduced by Paulo Resende da Silva from the University of Evora, and was attended by +40 Iraqi colleagues, including the project focal points, staff members dealing with internationalisation activities and mostly colleagues from International Relations Offices. including Rectors,

Internationalization is always a combination of top-down and bottom-up: top-down means policies that are coming from the centre, that are and should embedded in the faculty or department; bottom-up are initiatives that start at departmental level, but somehow must be connected with the overall policy of the institution. It is very important to create committees, where there can be consultations. We imagine a model of internationalisation where there is a unit for the management of international activities, but there are also academic staff at all levels involved, that can in turn support the Delegate or the Vice-Rector for internationalisation. It is a joint effort.


Filippo Sator

When we talk about governance and internationalisation, the internationalisation strategy is usually part of the overall strategy of the university.”

Head of the Unit managing higher education projects and cooperation in the following regions: Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Western Balkans. He graduated in Economics at the University of Trento and was awarded a Master degree in Education Planning at the Bocconi Univ. He has been working at the International Relations Department of the Univ. of Bologna for 15 years. His main expertise is the management of HE international projects focusing on student mobility, joint degree development, ECTS and the implementation of the Bologna process. He has been chair of the Coimbra Group Task force for Development Cooperation for 6 years (2014-2020).

Ahmad Al Addous

Ahmad Al Addous, is a research Fellow in Arabic Language and Literature at the Department of Interpreting and Translation of the University of Bologna (campus of Forlì). His research activities are span from the poetic production of classical and contemporary Arab authors, to the theatre as an educational tool for the learning of Arabic literary language and on the collections of the Arabic manuscripts (Marsili fund) of the Bologna University Library (BUB). He is involved in research projects and author of many publications.

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