The Annual Meeting for Internatinal Relations Coordinators 2017 took place at the State Conservatory Tbilisi, Georgia on 21-24 September.
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: Saara Lindahl (Sibelius Academy – University of the Arts, Helsinki)
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.
AEC Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators
21 – 24 September 2017, State Conservatory Tbilisi, Georgia
Diversity: independently together
Working in the field of international relations means to deal on daily basis with the concept of “diversity”. Diversity means acceptance and respect; it means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences; it is the exploration of these differences in a positive, and nurturing environment; it is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity of each individual. In other words: it means to be “independently together”.
Nowadays the theme of diversity is being addressed at several levels, from national governments to European institutions, from media to NGO’s, and last but not least it has become a key requirement of European funding programmes and a central theme within the AEC community, which has already addressed this issue within the Pop and Jazz Platform and the AEC Annual Congress and General Assembly in the last years.
During their 2017 meeting, the International Relations Coordinators of AEC members institutions are also invited to reflect on this theme of “Diversity” starting from its intrinsic definition: independently together. If from one side working in an international environment naturally means to be surrounded by “diversity”, are we really ready to make an effort to accept our differences and work together, going beyond our prejudice and horizons? Are we ready to cross our safe “Erasmus borders”? Are our institutions ready to accept and endorse commonly agreed international policy, standards, guidelines and tools which would allow us to better work together?
This theme will be symbolically debated in the furthest location the IRCs Meeting has ever taken place: Tbilisi, Georgia, on the border between East and West, Europe and Asia, in a country rich of history, culture and traditions beyond the European Union.
This special IRCs Meeting edition, which falls between the end of the FULL SCORE project and the beginning of the new “SMS = Strengthening Music in Society” funded by Creative Europe, will feature 3 pre-conference activities:
EASY Workshop (Thursday 11:00-- 18:00) – European Online Application System Pilot Project: this seminar, given by Dreamapply, the IT company who has developed the system, is meant for institutions which already took part in Pilot Year 1 and to new institutions willing to join the system in Year 2. The system will undergo some further testing and development during the Summer and will be presented in detail during this seminar with some hands-on simulations. This seminar is FREE of CHARGE and open to all institutions.
Seminar 1 on Branding (Friday 10:00 – 13:00): how can institutions market themselves at international level? Is a branding strategy necessary to compete on the modern and worldwide higher education market? How can conservatoires build an international branding strategy? Which are the necessary steps? The case study of Berlkee College of Music in Valencia will be presented as an exemple. Extra fees apply to this seminar and a maximum of 30 participants will be allowed.
Seminar 2 on Quality and Internationalization (Friday 10:00 – 13:00): Higher music education institutions are recruiting an increasingly diverse and international student body. As such, there is a growing need to ensure that their educational programmes and environment are adapted to students coming from different (teaching) cultures, within as well as outside Europe. How can higher music education institutions take the responsibility to ensure the relevance and quality of their educational provision in such an international context? Which intercultural challenges do institutions encounter? Which quality enhancement tools can be used or developed to assist institutions in improving their internationalisation process? This seminar on quality and internationalisation aims to offer participants a platform to share experiences and exchange practices and ideas about these various challenges. Extra fees apply to this seminar and a maximum of 30 participants will be allowed.
During the conference, an inspiring keynote speech will trigger group discussions around the theme of “diversity”, while parallel sessions will give the opportunity to explore various topics related to the core activities of the IRCs: Recognition and Diploma Supplement, Employability, Jean Monnet Programme and Knwledge Alliances, Capactiy Building and Credit Mobility, Quality. A plenary session will be dedicated to the outcomes of the first pilot year of the EASY – European Online Application System and, more in general, to the “technological” trends that the Erasmus Programme is facing, which will be presented by the representatives of the project Erasmus Without Papers.
Last but not least, all participants are welcome to share their “diversity” 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 last Newtorking with Refreshment sessions, for which all participants are invited to contribute by bringing typical food and drinks from their country! Finally, on Sunday we will explore Georgia during our Networking Trip to the Georgian vineyards were the tradition of wine making was born and flourished.
Looking forward to meeting you again in Tbilisi!
Annual Meeting for International Relations Coordinators
21-24 September 2017, State Conservatory Tbilisi, Georgia
Diversity: independently together
Thursday 21st September
11:00 – 18:00 EASY Pre-conference Workshop (free of charge, open to all participants) - Recital Hall
11h - 12h registration of the participants and introduction to the old pilot institutions and to the new interested institutions (2 different rooms)
12h - 13:30 first part of the system simulation
13:30 - 14:30 lunch
14:30 - 16:00 second part of the system simulation and Q&A
16:00 - 16:30 coffee break
16:30 - 18:00 introduction to the set up for new institutions
Friday 22nd September
9:45 - 10:00 Registration to the pre-conference seminars (only for participants who signed up in the registration form)
Payment and Registration by August 10 (early bird)
Payment and Registration after August 10
Representative of AEC member institution (staff)
150 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
210 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
Representative of a non-AEC member institution
350 euro (participation fee) + 50 euro (pre-conference seminar)
450 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 10, 2017.