International Staff Week 2023

Challenges in Internationalization: Sustainable Mobility and Virtual Concepts

Are you interested in internationalization in higher education, work in an international office or as an advisor for international affairs in your department?
Then join us at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences’ International Staff Week from
19 June 2023 to 23 June 2023

With a focus on sustainability in internationalization and digital opportunities, the staff week offers workshops and talks on the various aspects that challenge internationalization at higher education institutions. The program allows for sharing experiences and best practice examples, as well as for networking and strengthening partnerships.

The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences’ International Staff Week is targeted at staff from international offices at central or departmental levels, as well as faculty members in positions as international affairs advisors to students and/or staff.

 The program may be subject to change.

19 June 2023

Welcome to RheinMain University of Applied Sciences


to 6:00pm

On-Site Registration



20 June 2023


9:00am to 10:00am             

Opening Plenary:
Claudia Diers-Lienke, The Hague University, Netherlands

"Global Office" for Global Citizens

Internationalization has long been seen as a rather elitist activity, focusing on
mobility. Nowadays, new ecosystems are desired that incorporate a broader variety of activities and stakeholders, deepening the impact of internationalization


Internationalization@Home and Virtual Concepts

to 12:15m

Parallel Workshops


Workshop 1:     

How International Offices can promote COIL and Virtual Exchange

Maximiliann Köster, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Virtual Exchange (VE) are important means of Internationalization@Home, but lecturers often shy away from the additional work that goes along with it. This session focuses on what International Offices can do to provide support, lower the threshold, and engage teachers with COIL and VE.


Workshop 2:

Global Design & Media CoSpace: Best Practice & Live Pitch
Prof. Claudia Aymar, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The Global Design & Media CoSpace Project is an internationalization project from RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and four partner universities: University of Wisconsin at River Falls, USA, ICO Nida, Bangkok, Thailand, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna, Austria, and Volda University College, Norway. As an example of international collaboration, the project sets out to create joint projects to increase mobility as well as implement digital collaboration opportunities.

In this workshop, you will learn about the project and see a live pitch of students from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls and RheinMain University of Applied Sciences participating in a Travelling Classroom. Students will pitch film ideas to all workshop participants and will receive feedback from Global Design professors. Accepted ideas will be realized cinematically and presented during the film night on Thursday.

to 1:30pm

Lunch Break (self-paid)

to 3:30pm

Parallel Workshops


Workshop 3:

Degree seeking students as a central factor of Internationalization at Home - How can we best support degree seeking students throughout their student life cycle?
Katharina Kampe and Bettina Rauschmayr-Immers, RheinMain University
of Applied Sciences, Germany

In this workshop we would like to introduce you to our preparatory courses
for refugees who are interested in studying at HRSM as well as our offers
for international students before and during their studies at our university.
This workshop opens up a space for exchange: What is to be considered in
the acquisition of as well as onboarding and support services for
international students? Which programs and other offers for international
students and refuguees are available at your university? Is your university
involved in international recruiting? What else is planned for the future?


Workshop 4:
Seeing far = Travelling far? An exchange forum on certificate programs as example of Internationalization@Home
Sandra Holtgreve, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

In 2022, the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (HSRM) introduced the "Study International" certificate program - a program open to students of all degree programs that focuses on international aspects of the social service professions. Highly flexible, self-organized and interest-driven, students can strengthen their knowledge and skills in areas such as diversity sensitivity, anti-racism or international cooperation. Based on the exemplary case of the certificate program "Study International", this workshop opens up a space for exchange: How can we efficiently implement internationalization@home in practice? What structures can we create for students to discover the world without going into the world? 

to 5:00pm

Campus Tour (Optional)

21 June 2023



to 10:00am

Plenary Session: Dr. Tanja Reiffenrath, University of Göttingen, Germany

Internationalization at Home: Towards Sustainability in Implementation

This talk will explore the concept and practice of Internationalization at Home (IaH) and provide impulses on how IaH can be anchored in the strategies of higher education institutions. Along the way, common challenges will be pointed out and potential solutions will be sketched which may be further explored in a discussion following the talk. 

to 12:15pm

Parallel Workshops


Workshop 1:
Internationalization in quality assurance: how can accreditations help to strengthen internationalization in teaching and learning
Dr. Petra Kreis-Hoyer, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Starting with a closer look into the freshly accredited internal quality assurance system in teaching and learning at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (HSRM), this workshop focuses on how quality can foster (or hinder?) internationalization of programs, students and faculty. Which quality measurements can be used to strengthen internationalization? Which processes help to bring internationalization on the agenda of program design and redesign? Which role could (or should) international office staff have as experts for internationalization in their (national) quality assurance processes? This workshop gives you the opportunity to share your own experience and learn from your peers about best practices from other countries.


Workshop 2:
English for Staff: Innovative ways of supporting staff to feel comfortable using English in their every day university setting
Dr. Shirley Roth, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Come and find out about our recently established and popular language support programs for staff at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences.  This workshop gives you an opportunity to explore and exchange ideas about innovative formats, which help admin and academic staff to use English as a Lingua Franca.

to 1:15pm

Lunch Break (self-paid)



Trip to the Rheingau, a wine growing region nearby

22 June 2023


Sustainability and Internationalization

to 10:00am

Plenary Session: Kathrin Franzen, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Empowering Learners and Fostering Higher Education for Sustainability

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) play a significant role in sustainable development through their social function of disseminating knowledge and conducting research in relevant fields for society. This talk will explore how HEIs can transform into places of learning that foster a culture of sustainability and global citizenship, thereby empowering learners to become key architects of sustainable future.

to 12:15am

Parallel Workshops


Workshop 1:
Climate protection and universities: how can they work together?
Isabel Janitz, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Everyone is talking about sustainability. But how can universities do their part and generate long-term change? In this workshop, we will share ideas on the different pathways to a climate-friendly university. We will discuss how the United Nations SDGs can serve as a guide and how the Erasmus+ program can be used to achieve sustainability goals.


Workshop 2:
So that ONE Meeting is enough.
Janis Walter, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany

Disruptive times demand an agile approach in project planning and
implementation and the climate crisis asks for a reduction of our CO2-Emissions. In two years of a self-testing pilot project, we developed and tested ways, methods and tools for international cooperation in this new normality. In the workshop we will present the central outcomes and share and discuss best practices of our project implementation.

to 1:15pm

Lunch Break (self-paid)


Trip to our Campus in Rüsselsheim

2:30pm to 4:15pm

Sustainability at HSRM: the educational event „Green Day” as exemplary
best practice for sustainability in service-learning

Robina Alsam-Lanz and Peter Engert, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany

This workshop sets out to introduce participants to RheinMain University of Applied Sciences’ (HSRM) first service-learning student project within its sustainability concept. We will show you how it was implemented using the educational event as best practice with the approach to design a project that boosts civic engagement in students and help them take initiative to both strengthen and educate their community about sustainability. You will hear about challenges, how we overcame them and lessons learned along the way. This may serve as inspiration and guidance for the realization of own sustainability projects in the extracurricular field.


Campus Tour at Rüsselsheim

from 6:00pm

Film Night Under the Oak Trees

Parallel to the international staff week, 10 students from the University of
Wisconsin at River Falls are taking part in a Travelling Classroom. Together
with students from RheinMain University of Applied Sciences they are asked
to produce films on a specific topics, which will be presented at our film night under the oak trees in Wiesbaden. Join us for a fun evening.

23 June 2023


to 11:00am

Panel Discussion

Join this panel discussion with alumni and double degree master’s students and Journalist and Professor Arthur Landwehr. Panelists will discuss their perspectives on study abroad and internationalization, and how this influences career possibilities.

to 1:00pm

Recap and Networking

1:00 pm

End of Program

Thank you for your interest in our international staff week. Registration has been closed.

The working language is English. We highly recommend at least B2 level (according to CEFR) in communication.


International Staff Week Team


Alica Buck (she/her)
International Office
Kurt-Schumacher-Ring 18
65197 Wiesbaden