Networking and study trips abroad provide an efficient tool to boost the overall visibility of a higher education institution, including various opportunities for study and work it may offer.
Participating staff members / managers act as ambassadors of their institutions abroad and also expand their own professional expertise and knowledge through the exposure to other institutions' good practice.
Prior research found that informal opportunities for learning sliding into the spaces around formal events were often responsible for unexpected and influential perspective transformations and that these opportunities for learning are often undervalued. It was also proven that international study visits where participants agree their own collective agendas and develop a trusted validating community group are more valuable than transmission models of leadership learning (Andy Cramp, University of Wolverhampton).
Improved skills and knowledge Improved visibility
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|Types of contracts of researchers||Permanent employee|
|Career stages of researchers||More than 15 years of experience|
Institutions can promote and organise study and networking visits abroad through various ways, including exchange agreements with partner institutions, dedicated institutional programmes and higher education sector's flagship events (e.g. international fairs and conferences organised by EAIE, NAFSA, ACA, EUA, etc.).
Participation in such visits should be discussed internally (e.g. based on personal professional development plans) and included in the annual plans depending on available internal or external funds obtained through national or EU funding programmes or other sources.
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While the study visits can be planned at faculty or central level, universities can proactively consult Ministries of Education and Research or other relevant public agencies which could support such networking trips under national or regional internationalisation support programmes.
Implementation can be organised on the basis of annual personal development and institutional plans.
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The Center for International Cooperation (CIS) develops and implements interactive study tours and exposure visits for professional development. It offers customized tailor-made training programmes for professionals which meet the specific needs of their organisation. By offering varied programmes that respond to their needs, the CIS strives to have an impact on individual, team and organisational performances.
The Programme is intended for HR and Finance executive leaders and it is divided into five modules, namely: leading higher education in Switzerland; a study trip; leading innovation; leading organisations; leading people.