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The EAIE podcast brings you voices, perspectives, ideas and insights from the world of international education. Join us as we sit down with professionals, experts and policymakers to discuss a wide range of issues affecting internationalisation in higher education today.

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The EAIE podcast brings you voices, perspectives, ideas and insights from the world of international education. Join us as we sit down with professionals, experts and policymakers to discuss a wide range of issues affecting internationalisation in higher education today.

    55. Manuel José Damásio: Internationalising film & media studies

    55. Manuel José Damásio: Internationalising film & media studies

    Who doesn’t like the movies, and don’t we all spend time every day pouring over media of different sorts? The world of film and media studies plays a key role in producing the professionals who make these resources and cultural artifacts possible – and it turns out there’s a European University alliance focused specifically on these fields: FILMEU. So, what’s driving film and media studies in Europe today? What are the strengths and challenges currently facing these fields? And how does a highly specialised European University alliance like FILMEU position itself in the complex, dynamic and competitive field of higher education in Europe?  
    Our guest in this podcast episode is Manuel José Damásio, professor at Lusófona University in Lisbon, Portugal where he leads the Film and Media Arts Department and serves as Coordinator of FILMEU. He is also chair of the European Association of Film and Media Schools (GEECT). Manuel José provides us with the perfect lens through which to explore this culturally significant and quite internationalised field within the European higher education sector.

    About Manuel José Damásio
    Manuel José Damásio is a Professor at Lusófona University in Lisbon, Portugal where he leads the Film and Media Arts Department (DCAM) in addition to sitting on the management board of CICANT, the Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Arts and Information Technologies. He is also the Coordinator for FilmEU – The European University of Film and Media Arts. Manuel José Damásio holds a PhD in Communication and Multimedia Systems from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He has worked extensively both in industry and academia as a trainer, consultant and producer in the audiovisual industry at European and international levels for more than twenty years. He also has experience as head researcher and project manager in several national and European research projects, along with being the author of more than 80 papers and chapters in international peer reviewed journals and publications.

    Additional resources
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → FILMEU website
    → FILMEU YouTube channel
    → European Universities: balancing excellence, exclusiveness and inclusion
    → 2022 Summer Forum - Collaborative Europe

    • 34 min
    54. Florin Zubascu: Tracking Europe's research and innovation agenda

    54. Florin Zubascu: Tracking Europe's research and innovation agenda

    A lot has been happening in Europe within the field of research and innovation policy. Horizon Europe, European Universities alliances and science diplomacy are just a few of the programmes and topics that continue to grab the attention of the higher education sector. But how can we best describe the current state of the European research and innovation field? Which important developments should we be aware of and what does the future hold? 
    In the latest episode of the EAIE podcast, we sat down with Florin Zubascu to ask him some of these questions. Florin is Executive Editor at Science|Business, leading their news coverage on research and innovation policy in Europe. With the help of his expertise, we take a closer look at the opportunities and challenges within the European research and innovation field at this moment in time.

    About Florin Zubascu
    Florin is Executive Editor at Science|Business, leading news coverage on research and innovation policy in Europe. Specifically, he covers EU R&D policy, the Horizon Europe programme, Europe’s ‘innovation divide’ and R&D policy reforms in central and eastern Europe. He has managed the Science|Business newsletters since 2014 and, in 2017, he helped implement a complete redesign of www.sciencebusiness.net. Previously, Florin worked as a political science researcher and web producer for various organisations and think tanks in Romania and Hungary. He holds degrees in political science from Central European University in Budapest and Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca.

    Further reading
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → Science|Business
    → Collaborating with African universities through European University alliances
    → Didi Griffioen: Teaching and research – a balancing act

    • 25 min
    53. Fabrizio Bitetto: Fostering Entrepreneurship

    53. Fabrizio Bitetto: Fostering Entrepreneurship

    Students are often encouraged these days to think more seriously about entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship advances innovation, results in job creation for others and helps students engage creatively beyond their specific fields of study to meet new needs and solve persistent problems. Higher education generally – and international education, specifically – has a role to play in fostering entrepreneurship, but how exactly do we encourage young people in Europe to engage in entrepreneurial activities and what are the challenges and opportunities that complicate and enrich this work?
    In this latest podcast episode, we talked to Fabrizio Bitetto, Chief Executive Officer of the garagErasmus Foundation and a former Erasmus student and young entrepreneur. garagErasmus is the professional network of the Erasmus Generation that aims to support the shaping of a better-integrated, and of course more entrepreneurial, Europe. Their mission is to improve the lives of people who have international study or work experiences by enabling them to access opportunities that can make their careers more impactful within and for Europe.

    About Fabrizio Bitetto
    Fabrizio Bitetto has been Chief Executive Officer of the garagErasmus Foundation since August 2017. A former Erasmus Student in 2008, he went on to earn a Master's degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design at the Polytechnic University in Milan in 2013. While still a university student, Fabrizio began to undertake some entrepreneurial activities  and decided to continue his Erasmus experience by supporting Erasmus students, first at the Polytechnic University in Milan and then as President of Erasmus Student Network Italy. During his term as ESN Italy National President, he coordinated the participation of ESN in EXPO 2015 as Civil Society participants and promoted the approval of a national law to grant Italian Erasmus students abroad the right to vote remotely. He started his adventure with garagErasmus Foundation in 2016. 

    Further reading
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
    → garagErasmus
    → Erasmus Skills: unpacking the employability benefits of mobility
    → Education abroad and the student employability gap
    → The employability dimension in joint programmes
    → EAIE 2020 Summer Forum: Employability for the 21st century

    • 30 min
    52. Stephanie Griffiths: Mental health: our shared responsibility

    52. Stephanie Griffiths: Mental health: our shared responsibility

     The ‘COVID era’ has had a significant and challenging impact, particularly on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The 2022 International Student Barometer (ISB) found that more than one-third of international students responding to that survey were feeling stressed, yet only 1 in 6 students reported turning to the counselling services at their institution. With wellbeing now an issue of critical concern in higher education, the need to address these challenges and adopt effective support strategies is acute. But how do we ensure staff are well equipped to respond to student needs and take care of themselves? 

    For this week’s podcast episode, we talked to Stephanie Griffiths, former Associate Director for Counselling and Mental Health Support at King’s College London and an expert who has worked in the field of psychological counselling for over 30 years. During the pandemic, Stephanie provided input to various EAIE events and resources on student wellbeing and mental health and has proven to be a great source of knowledge on this topic.

    About Stephanie Griffiths
    Stephanie Griffiths is an intercultural consultant/trainer at her own intercultural consultancy for higher education institutions. She recently retired from the position of Associate Director for Counselling and Mental Health Support at King’s College London, after having worked in the field of psychological counselling for over 30 years. Stephanie has developed several outreach and training programmes to enable home and international students, academics and frontline administrative staff to respond constructively to the psychological pressures they may encounter, particularly post-pandemic. She recently received the 2022 EAIE Award for Outstanding Contribution in recognition of her important work in the field of international education focused on ensuring that the students and staff within our institutions can thrive.

    Further exploration
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

    → Coronavirus: the consequences for mental health (Mind, 2021)
    → EAIE Pathways to Practice: Fostering positive coping and resilience among international students
    → The door is open… but are international students coming in?
    → Supporting international students in times of crisis and conflict
    → How to help students cope with mental health challenges

    • 20 min
    51. Rachel Brooks: Who are Europe’s students?

    51. Rachel Brooks: Who are Europe’s students?

    Europe's student population consists of a broad and diverse group of people. This is a group that many are interested in learning more about, but also a group that cannot be so easily defined, despite often simplified messages in the media about who exactly 'the European student' is and what they are interested in. So, how did this idea of a shared identity among European students come about? What is it that European students really want and need? And what role do expectations from society play in this?
    To answer some of these questions, we turned to Rachel Brooks, Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey (UK). Dr. Brooks has recently done research precisely on the topic of the identities of students in Europe, exploring how Europe's 35 million students are understood in different European countries, and by different social actors. If you're keen to learn more about who Europe's students are, don't miss the latest episode of the EAIE Podcast!

    About Rachel Brooks
    Rachel Brooks currently works as Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey in the UK. She has previously held roles as Head of the Department of Sociology (2012-16) and Associate Dean for the Doctoral College (2017-19). She is also editor-in-chief of Sociology, an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, co-editor of the 'Research into Higher Education' book series, a member of Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and a member of Council of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). She was also a member of the education sub-panel for REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2021.

    For further exploration
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

    →Constructing the Higher Education Student: Perspectives from across Europe
    →EAIE blog: Students as key collaborators
    →EAIE blog: Understanding international student needs: ESN Survey results
    →EAIE blog: Students on the frontlines: transnational student rights  

    • 26 min
    50. Nannette Ripmeester: A love letter to Rotterdam

    50. Nannette Ripmeester: A love letter to Rotterdam

    After a successful EAIE conference in Barcelona last week, we’re now looking forward to the 33rd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, taking place 26-29 September 2023 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The conference theme, ‘Connecting currents’, celebrates the maritime history of Rotterdam and embodies the importance of water to the city, providing economic opportunities as well as existential threats. Rotterdam is the gateway to Europe, a place where river meets sea, ships reach the shore and people from all walks of life come together. 
    In this episode of the EAIE Podcast, we talk with long-time EAIE member Nannette Ripmeester who has lived in the city of Rotterdam for almost 20 years and can help us learn more about this interesting place. We explore how someone born and raised in Amsterdam ended up in the rival city of Rotterdam, what makes Rotterdam interesting in relation to the field of international education, and generally what makes the city so special. Tune in to the EAIE Podcast to find out more!

    About Nannette Ripmeester
    Nannette Ripmeester is the Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (ELM), a consultancy firm specialised in international labour mobility, and Director of Client Services Europe at i-graduate – a leading benchmarking organisation responsible for the International Student Barometer (ISB). She is considered an expert on global mobility trends and graduate employment. Nannette holds an MA degree from the University of Amsterdam, and has previously worked at the European Commission, where she was responsible for setting up the EURES database on living and working conditions in the EU Member States. 

    For further exploration
    For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:

    → Rotterdam 2023: 33rd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition
    → EAIE announcements blog for all info on the 2023 conference
    → Get to know Rotterdam quiz
    → Nannette's guide to Rotterdam

    Glossary of terms and places mentioned in this episode

    Boijmans van Beuningen – Art museum in Rotterdam which was permanently closed in 2019. However, its storage facility (i.e. depot) has been open to the public since 2021 and attracts many visitors.
    Kunsthal – Exposition space in Rotterdam, hosting different collections and exhibitions.
    Het Nieuwe Instituut – The Netherlands’ national museum for architecture, design, and digital culture.
    Delfshaven – Picturesque yacht marina that is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam.
    Witte de Withstraat – Street in Rotterdam known for its broad offer of bars and restaurants.
    Kapsalon – A fast food dish created in Rotterdam, consisting of a layer of French fries placed into a disposable metal take-away tray, topped with döner or gyro meat, covered with slices of Gouda cheese, and heated in an oven until the cheese melts. Then a layer of shredded iceberg lettuce is added, dressed with garlic sauce and sambal.

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