The Annual Meeting for Internatinal Relations Coordinators 2018 will take place at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, from 13 to 16 September 2018
The meeting is meant for administrative or teaching staff members in Conservatoires who deal with international relations and European programmes (such as ERASMUS), as well as for institutions not familiar with these programmes, but with an interest in becoming involved.
The meeting is important for networking, exchanging useful information and for developing partnerships. With this annual meeting, the AEC is bringing together a growing community of International Relations Coordinators. The programme of the meeting, as well as other important documents and policies on the field of international relations of conservatoires, are the result of the collaboration between the AEC office and the IRCs Developmental Working Group
The IRCs Developmental Working Group:
Bruno Pereira (ESMAE, Porto) - Chairman
Raffaele Longo (Conservatorio di Musica “San Pietro a Majella”, Napoli)
Payam Gul Susanni (Yasar University School of Music, Izmir)
Victor Ciulian (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)
Hanneleen Pihlak (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallin) - EASY subgroup
Christofer Fredriksson (University College of Opera - part of the Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm)
Jan-Gerd Krüger (Prins Claus Conservatorium, Groningen)
Student representative: Roberto Boschelli (Conservatorio Stanislao Giacomantonio, Cosenza)
AEC Office representative: Sara Primiterra (AEC Events Manager) - EASY subgroup
The AEC working groups members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions.
Working group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event.
Beyond Europe: bringing the world to our institutions
Higher music education is currently facing unprecedented changes as today's graduates need extended skills, awareness, and knowledge to find their personal and professional way into a complex and interconnected world. The international dimension is no more an optional feature of the learning experience but has become a key factor for a successful career and the development of a mindful global citizenship. Accordingly, the focus of internationalization in higher music education institutions has shifted towards the core element of their provision, the curriculum. The curriculum connects the broader institutional strategy with the student experience, thus playing a paramount role in the success or failure of the institution’s internationalization agenda as well as on the global employment opportunities of future professional musicians. What it means and how it can be achieved is not always addressed as strategically as it should.
This theme will be explored in the 2018 edition of the AEC Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators, taking place in Birmigham on 13-16 September, as the first of a four-year pattern supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme within the AEC – Strengthening Music in Society project. The international relations coordinators of the AEC are involved in the project strand on internationalization and transnational mobility aimed at helping music students and teachers to internationalize their careers and activities. The renewed and more powerful information network created with the support of the AEC’s FULL SCORE Project (2014-2017) provided a supporting structure for IRCs combining capacity-building sessions - in the form of pre-conference seminars for continuing professional development - with online tools such as the AEC website database, the AEC Job Vacancy Platform and the European Online Application System for Mobility (EASY).
In line with this well established format, the IRCs Meeting 2018 will feature the following 3 pre-conference activities:
EASY Workshop (Thursday 14:00 – 18:00) – Presentation and live simulations in groups.This year, the workshop will be held by the members of the EASY task force with the support of the IT company Dreamapply. After an introduction about the system, group members will meet old and new users in breakout groups in order to make step-by-step simulations and reply to questions. This workshop is free of charge and open to all institutions. A short plenary session dedicated to updates on EASY will also take place during the conference.
Seminar I on Internationalization of Curricula aims at connecting theory and practice in internationalizing the curriculum in higher music education institutions. An extensive review of the available tools, case studies and a group assignment will provide valuable insights into the concept of internationalization of the curriculum to participants, providing guidance to managers and administrative staff interested in the internationalization of their curricula.
Seminar II on Fundraising - “Making sweet music together: building enduring relationships with donors, funders and volunteers” is meant as a practical guide to fundraising for Conservatoires at all stages of development, featuring a panel of industry experts from the cultural and higher education sectors. Through a variety of scenarios and case studies this interactive workshop will show participants how fundraising connects with all other institutional activities, and look at the potential to develop philanthropic giving at international level.
Moving from last year’s theme “Diversity: independently together”, symbolically debated in the furthest location the IRCs Meeting has ever taken place, this year contributions will look even further to the Far East, where countries like China (but not only) are, in their turn, shaping and influencing the present and the future of European HMEI’s in terms of composition of the student body, curricula, teaching methods, projects, international collaborations and ways of perceiving the music profession as a whole. How are we facing this situation? What are the cultural implications involved? What are the ethical challenges that managers, administrators, teachers and students have to face when looking “beyond Europe”? How do we “bring the world to our institutions”? How can our institutions “embrace the world” when the political situation goes towards the (BR) EXIT?
The keynote speaker Dandan Zhu, International Relations Coordinator at Shanghai Conservatoire will kick off our journey beyond Europe: how did music education in China has evolved in the recent years? What is the relationship between Chinese students and European conservatoires? How did the perception change in the years, from the Chinese perspective? How is China influencing the global music education market?
Opportunities to “grab a coffee and think” together will not be missing, as well as the longstanding singing tradition which will see the participants singing together a traditional English song. Two well established projects between Europe and Asia – Malmoe with Vietnam and Copenhagen with China – will be presented as best practices and will trigger group discussion on ethical challenges in international and intercultural collaborations. We will finally come back to Europe to hear from the coordinating and participating institutions of the many strategic partnership and other kind of projects and initiatives related to the internationalization of curricula: what have been the challenges of these projects? How did the results impact the curricula of the involved institutions? how can they have a potential external impact on institutions Are the tools developed within these projects/initiatives relevant for other institutions?
Last but not least, all participants will “bring their world to their international colleagues” during the Information Market, where the possibility of presenting projects and activities of international relevance will be given to the audience (please subscribe for this via the registration form) and during the closing Networking with internationally shared refreshments sessions, where all participants will be invited to bring typical food and drinks from their country! Finally, on Sunday we will enjoy a full networking day while discovering Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, with a special guided tour at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Looking forward to meeting you again…beyond Europe!
Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators
13-16 September 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Beyond Europe: bringing the world to our institutions
Thursday 13th September
11:00 – 18:00 EASY Pre-conference Workshop (free of charge, open to all participants)
Extensive presentation and live simulations in groups
Tour of the Conservatoire at 18:00
Friday 14th September
09:00 Registration to the seminars (only for participants who signed up in the registration form)
09:15 - 12:30 Seminar I on International of Curricula
09:15 - 09:30 Introduction by Jan-Gerd Krueger, IRCs at Prins Claus Conservatoire Groningen
09:30 - 10:00 A theoretical framework for the internationalisation of curricula by Elsa Ferreira, IRC at Royal Conservatoire The Hague:
1. The use of European qualification Frameworks in curriculum development
2. The development of an international learning environment
3. The use of international review and accreditation tools
10:00 - 10:50 ECMA and EUJAM, presentations of case studies and panel discussion with Bojana Tesan, and Erling Aksdal moderated by Jan-Gerd Krueger
10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:50 Group Assignment
11:50 - 12:30 Feedback from the groups and debate regarding implementation and tools to be developed + closing remarks
09:15 - 12:30 Seminar II on Fundraising
“Making sweet music together: building enduring relationships with donors, funders and volunteers”
A practical guide to fundraising for Conservatoires at all stages of development featuring a panel of industry experts from the cultural and HE sector. The seminar is held by Robin Leonard, Director of Development for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
12:30 Lunch for seminars' participants
Friday 14th September
From 09:30 Pre-booked rooms available for Project meetings
11:45 Registeration open, refreshments, networking time
12:00 -12:45 Tour of the Conservatoire
13:15 - 14:15 Introductory Session for first-time delegates
With group discussion
14:30 – 15:00 Opening Event
Welcome words by:
Julian Lloyd Webber, Director of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Bruno Pererira, IRC Working Group chairman
Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive
15:00 – 15:15 EASY - the AEC's European Online Application System for Mobility
Updates and Users' feedback
15:15 – 16:00 Plenary Session I - Keynote Speech
Dandan Zhu, International Relations Coordinator of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
16:00 – 17:30 Grab a Coffee + Drink and Think - pre-arranged groups by letters
17:30 - 18:15Plenary Session II
Link or Sink - UK, Europe and the rest of the world
Vivienne Stern, Director of UK Universities International
Introduction and moderation by Lamberto Coccioli, Associate Principle at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
18:15 – 18:30:Link and Sing
AEC Tradition: Let’s Sing a Song from UK – conducted by Duncan Fielden
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday 15rd September
9:00 – 10:00Pre-booked rooms available for Project meetings
10:00 – 10:50Plenary Session III
Link and Synch - Case Studies on Internationalisation of Curricula
Music as a human right - strengthening Music Education at Vietnam National Academy of Music, by Lars Andersson, Malmoe Academy of Music
Music Confucius Institute – the intercultural dialogue in strategic partnership collaboration, by Marianne Løkke Jakobsen, Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen
Q&A moderated by Christofer Fredriksson
11:00 – 12:00 Breakout Groups on Ethical Challenges
12:00 – 12:30Networking with Refreshments
12:30 – 13:30: Internationalising curricula through projects and external quality enhancement processes: presentations and discussion
Brief presentations and “market” discussion moderated by Sara Primiterra, AEC Events manager
Presentation of the AEC website database and AEC Job Vacancy Platform by AEC Office Presentation by AEC members on international projects and platforms and discussion
15:30 – 16:30: Breakout Group Discussion: brainstorming on the AEC work on mobility and internationalization issues – feedback from the participants and suggestions for the future
16:30 Closing and Sharing
News from the AEC by Stefan Gies, AEC Chief Executive
Announcement of the next IRCs Meeting
Closing Remarks by Lucia di Cecca, AEC Council Member
17:00 Let’s share our international food and drinks! Networking with internationally shared refreshments
18:30 – 18:45:Closing Concert
Sunday 16th September- Networking Day: exchange of good practices and information in an informal setting
Networking at Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, including lunch and visit at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre.
09:30 departure from Conservatoire 10:30 - 11:45 Behind The Scenes tours (3 x groups of 20, leaving at five minute intervals) 11:45 – 13:00 Self-guided walk round central Stratford (maps will be provided) 13:00 Quick sandwich lunch – standing buffet 13:30 – 14:30 Music at the RSC; in conversation with Bruce O’Neil, head of music 14:30 Departure for BHX for those who wish 14:30 - 15:30 Behind The Scenes tours (2 x groups of 20, leaving at five minute intervals) 15:45 Departure for Conservatoire/city centre 15:30 Departure for either central Birmingham or Birmingham airport 16:00 END OF THE EVENT
Information on the Participation Fees
Early Bird Deadline: 6 August 2018
Participation fees can be paid in the following ways:
- Manual Payment by Bank Transfer before the event (preferable)
- Ideal, Credit Card, Paypal and Bankcontact Systems Online (+3 euro)
- Manual Payment (cash on the spot in Birmingham)
- Manual Payment (by Credit Card in Birmingham)
Please note: Only the full price of participation fees is accepted (no early bird price) for manual payment by either cash or credit card in Birmingham
Payment and Registeration by August 6 (early bird)
Payment and Registeration after
Representative of AEC member institution (staff)
180 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
210 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
Representative of a non-AEC member institution
380 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
480 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
Student from an AEC member institution
100 euro (participation fee) 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
160 euro (participation fee) 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
The participation fee to the IRCs Meeting includes:
Participation to the EASY workshop
Participation to all plenary and parallel sessions during the Conference
Participation to the networking moments
Possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC members institutions
Possibility to use for free the conservatoire spaces for project meetings
One organized dinner
One organized lunch
Concerts organized by the hosting institution
NB:The rates do not include the participation fee to the Networking Activiy on Sunday (40 euros, payable on the spot) and the participation fee of accompanying partners (25 euros per meal) such as family members, which will be paid on the spot.
The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after August 6, 2018.