Unlocking Global Opportunities: A Year in Review with NEWTON's International Team

For NEWTON’s International Office, the last academic year passed in a flurry of activity. From France to Taiwan, we’ve been hot on the trail of international opportunities, looking for the partners and platforms that’ll help open the doors to new global prospects. As we look ahead to the 2023/24 academic year, it’s time to reflect on everything we’ve done to broaden NEWTON’s international horizons…

We began the 2022 academic year on a high note by  participating in the annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference held in Barcelona. The event proved to be an excellent platform for networking, and we successfully formed a new partnership with the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile – a relationship that opens up exciting exchange opportunities for our students to study in Chile. 

During the conference, we also met representatives from Study & Co, who offer a Digital Welcome Desk service. We have since become their clients, granting all our GMB students access to their valuable on-boarding services. 

Additionally, we connected with the HYBRIA Institute of Business & Technologies and EKLYA School of Business, France, resulting in a mutually beneficial Erasmus exchange agreement. In the coming semester we’ll be welcoming two French students, while also saying a temporary goodbye to two of our own as they travel to Lyon to diversify their educational experiences and indulge in the unique gastronomy of France's third-largest city.

Dr Anna Krausova, Vice-Chancellor for International Relations and Athenais Surreau, Head of the International Relations Office at the EAIE in Barcelona, Spain  in September 2022

For those not keen on relocating, our collaboration with HYBRIA and EKLYA includes an online option through the Online Exchange Project (OEP). This allows students to enjoy the benefits of cross-cultural learning, academic collaboration and international networking from the comfort of home. NEWTON has also formed OEP partnerships with Ritsumeikan University in Japan and the European University of Armenia, and there are still a few limited slots available – contact Athénaïs Surreau to submit your application today

Rounding off September, staff and students from NEWTON and the University of Wroclaw, Poland came together to take part in Xtream management training – the first ever held in English – to test their physical and psychological limits and emerge as stronger and more resilient leaders.

The next months passed in a blur of events, including close to home at the EduFestival and Gaudeamus, both in Prague, online at European Higher Education Fair in the Philippines, and rounding off with Poznan and Budapest. These events provided an invaluable opportunity to present the Global Business and Management programme to international students, creating more opportunities for international partnership and cultural exchange.

The onset of 2023 ushered in a fresh burst of activity. In February, Dr. Anna Plechatá Krausova, our Vice Chancellor for International Relations, participated in the Business Graduates Association (BGA) event in Berlin. There, she contributed to conversations surrounding the development of a flexible, global business degree. Starting this academic year, NEWTON University will become a BGA member, providing students with valuable resources like CV-enhancement services, job search tools, and skill assessments.

In March, Newton Research and Innovation Week took over campus, including the first ever annual Management and Social Science Congress. Centered on the theme of authenticity, the event welcomed several illustrious guests, including Dr Michael Biggs from the University of Oxford, who gave an informative and thought-provoking lecture "Academics need to have the integrity to say what they think” that traced the sociological and intellectual history of the transgender movement.

Management and Social Science Congress - Newton University Research and Innovation Week, March 2023
Moving on to May, the emergence of the sun coincided with a visit from Professor Chih-Ping Chen and YuChing Hsieh from the College of Management at the University of Yuan Ze, Taiwan. During the visit, we discussed our ongoing and future research collaboration, as well as international exchanges. This visit followed on from NEWTON’s participation in a trade delegation to Taiwan led by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, back in March.
Visit of Yuan Ze University, May 2023

Later in the month, we were also fortunate enough to welcome Cristian Gallardo, the founder and CEO of the 'goLocal' group, to our campus, who shared with us the strategies and secrets of exploring emerging markets, particularly in South and Central America.

During early June, we were pleased to learn that we have secured extra Erasmus+ funding to invite students from some of our newest partner institutions. Come next Spring semester, we expect to welcome two students each from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco, Eurasia International University in Armenia, and Kolegji Universum in Kosovo to our academic community.

June also saw the Head of the International Relations Office, Athenaïs Surreau, chasing warmer weather in the Cote d’Azur, France. Luckily for NEWTON, she skipped the beach in favour of participating in Digital Week at the University Cote d’Azur, where she discussed the digitalisation of universities, as well as open science, digital markets, and virtual reality.

Athenais Surreau, Head of the International Relations Office at the Digital Week of Cote d'Azur University, Nice, France June 2023
Looking back, 2022/23 has been a transformative period for NEWTON’s internationalisation efforts. We’ve forged new academic partnerships, grown the GMB student body, made progress towards becoming a fully bilingual educational environment and also enriched our campus life by hosting a greater number of events in English, As we open the next academic year, we’re excited to build on these achievements as we continue to make internationalisation a core focus at NEWTON, and introduce a wider array of opportunities that will allow our students to add an international dimension to both their academic journey and future professional careers.

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