Monitoring the internationalisation of Czech higher education (MICHE)

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, the Monitoring Internationalization of Czech Higher Education (MICHE) programme was launched. Last week, a team of foreign experts visited our faculty in addition to other Czech universities. The monitoring will result in an evaluation report with recommendations.

29 May 2024

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Representatives of the MICHE programme (Monitoring Internationalization of Czech Higher Education) visited our faculty last week. MICHE representatives met with with the Dean, the Vice Dean for internationalization, the heads of the departments, the departmental/Erasmus coordinators, the heads of the administrative departments, with the OZVI department, with the Head of Marketing (and the former head of the OZVI), with the supervisors of the English Bachelor and Master programmes, with the Director of the CZS, with incoming students on fee-paying programmes, with students who have gone abroad in the past, with HR person.
The committee was interested in our experiences, goals and plans, or what hinders their realization. 

“Universities should support both local and international students in breaking out of their social bubbles. Facilitating the integration of these student groups is an effective starting point.”


The visit MICHE prompted us to conduct a comprehensive analysis of our activities, identifying weaknesses and opportunities for growth by preparing documents prior to the visit.

Our team was eager to share insights about our experiences, goals, and plans for internationalization. We also discussed the challenges we face in implementing these plans. This thorough monitoring process aims is an assessment report highlighting key areas that need attention to bolster the internationalisation efforts of Czech universities. The report will provide targeted solutions and recommendations at both national and institutional levels.

The committee's expertise  highlighted areas where we excel compared to other faculties of education and where we could expand our efforts. We look forward to the results and recommendations of the evaluation report.
This assessment can help us in strategic planning and further development.

Daniel Casten – International higher education consultant,  with over 17 years of experience, including as Director of the Office of International Affairs at VŠB-TUO, Director of the Confucius Classroom, and as a consultant working with universities in Europe, Asia, and the US.
He has lead the design and coordination of institutional development projects and central development projects in Czech Republic. he is expereienced in coordinating and writing of international strategy for multiple Czech universities. He designed an founded the first stand-alone service center for international students and academics in Czech republic. He presents and chairs sessions at international conferences and  implementing workshops for universities.

Katrin Kiisler has recently been appointed Head of the Research Policy Department at the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Prior to the change, she held the position of R&D Strategy Adviser in Estonia's Government Office. She has a broad background in higher education internationalisation, having spent over two decades supervising higher education programmes at the Archimedes Foundation, Estonia's national agency for education. 

Uwe Brandenburg holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, an MscEcon from the University of Swansea, and an M.A. in Islamic Sciences from the WWU Münster. He is an experienced team leader used to work with large international teams. Uwe’s work focuses on impact and Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society (IHES) and the influence of tech on internationalisation. He also gave a TEDx talk in March 2019 and is a fervent believer in change. He presents on international conferences and teaches at different universities.

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