For the HEIRRI projects aims at reaching several countries in Europe and beyond, its Internationalization task is crucial. The member of the HEIRRI Consortium who is in charge of this relevant part is ACUP, the Catalan Association of Public Universities, who has already knitted the network for the proper growth of HEIRRI.

One of these institutions is the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), chaired by ACUP. GUNi is an international network supported by the UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) with regional offices in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States, Europe, USA and Canada. The GUNi network has 210 members from 78 countries, including UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, higher education institutions, research centres, and innovation and social commitment networks of higher education.

Another important instrument for the internationalization of the HEIRRI project is the Advisory Board dedicated to science communication and internationalization, the SCIAB (Science Communication & Internationalization Advisory Board). Individual experts in various fields are currently part of this Board. These experts are in contact with networks that can contribute to the internationalization of the project and its outcomes, such as the International Association of Universities (IAU), the European University Association (EUA), the European Science Events Association (EUSEA) or the Living Knowledge network.

Other institutions that can help to the Internationalization of the HEIRRI project are the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) or the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA).

Moreover, an important internationalization action took place in May: the HEIRRI project was present at the Going Global conference in Cape Town (South Africa). The whole experience of Nadja Gmelch is explained in this recent post.

How important do you consider internationalisation to be? Why would you say it will help improve the HEIRRI project?

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