On Friday, October 25, the day started with the Official Opening “Come2Graz – International Week“ Conference Day 2019. Susanne Linhofer, Head of Institute for Diversity Studies and International Relations, and Mag. Dr. Prof. Elgrid Messner, Rector of the University College of Teacher Education Styria, welcomed the international guests to the Conference Day, hoping they would find all the events that comprised the international week useful and enriching.
After the welcoming words, two keynotes took place. The first one, “What education do we need to answer democratic challenges of XXI centuries? The Council of Europe standards”, was hosted by Anna Rurka, President of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe. In the second one, “Educate locally – think and act globally – Internationalisation of the curriculum and competence development”, the presentation was given by prof. emer. Mag. Eva Werner.
The morning continued with the first workshops of the day. The participants could attend the one they found more interesting, in which they were usually asked to be engaged and ask all the questions related to the topic of the workshop that they wanted to.
During a short break to have lunch at the university, there was time to exchange views concerning the workshops, in case someone was interested in more than one but, due to the schedule, could not take part in all of them.
Two more series of workshops were scheduled during the afternoon. Thus, the day was a great opportunity to get to know about projects, procedures and organizations covering the topic of internationalization in education.
After a long day, everyone had some time to rest before the final conference dinner at the old town of Graz, where some of the guests bid farewell before coming back home. It was a long week but full of interesting events and, hopefully, all the participants could make the most of it and felt like repeating the experience in future occasions.