Kent welcomes staff from European partner universities

International Development hosted visitors from some of Kent’s European partner universities during an Erasmus Staff Training Week from 20th to 24th February. 12 administrative and non-teaching staff took part in an interactive week-long programme of workshops and presentations with an emphasis on developing an insight into the practices of HEIs across Europe.

The Erasmus Staff Training Week gave a general overview
of Higher Education in the UK as well as Kent-specific presentations on the international student experience and internationalisation. Human Resources; Student Support Services, Student Learning Advisory Service, Research Services; Alumni Relations; Enrolment Management Services, and Quality Assurance and Validation also ran sessions during the week, in which participants had the opportunity to learn about practice at Kent and to share their home institutions’ experience.

The feedback from participants of the event has been extremely positive; the group particularly appreciated the opportunity to attend presentations and workshops led by such a range of departments and services at Kent. The visitors were also very impressed by the campus, and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Canterbury and the surrounding region.

The Erasmus Staff Training Week reinforces Kent’s status UK’s European university and is line with the Internationalisation Strategy in that it provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen links with our partners and was a useful forum for providing information about Kent and to discuss best practice in a range of topics.

Funding for the event was provided by the EU’s Erasmus programme, whose support the University gratefully acknowledges. International Development receives funding annually for Kent staff to participate in similar events or other teaching/training placements at partner universities in mainland Europe. Funding is available for both teaching exchanges and training visits for academic and administrative staff. For more information, please contact the Erasmus Team or telephone 01227 824042 (x4042).