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The EU and International Student Mobility

Gabriel Weibl

The European Union (EU) is an important global player in the internationalisation of higher education. The Europe 2020 strategy, considers education one of its five ambitious objectives. The Union's "Youth on the move" initiative seeks to reinforce cooperation between its higher education institutions, research and business and to enhance cross-border co-operation, including the promotion of student and trainees' mobility. Some of the main objectives of the EU student exchange programmes are: better understanding the range of European cultures, languages and values, better employability, active citizenship and personal development.This presentation will consider the objectives of the above mentioned EU initiatives through the stories of international students, European and non-European, at several New Zealand universities, the University of Oxford and the Charles University in Prague. This paper will present some of the findings of my PhD thesis titled: Internationalisation universities and international student mobility, which looks at the motives, experiences and perceptions of international students with focus on knowledge transfer, networking and the intercultural competencies of students.

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