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September 2021
A word of welcome

A new academic year and a new, fresh start. At the time of writing this Newsflash we have had the pleasure of welcoming a lot of new international students. Some are here for an exchange programme, others for a bachelor or Masters degree.
Not only have we welcomed new students, but there have also been some staff changes. Elma Kronemeijer has started a new adventure at Leiden University after many years at our International Office. Luckily we have found a replacement for Elma fairly quickly, her name is Naima Talhaoui, she will introduce herself in this newsletter. Chantal and Naima will be working together in the admissions department from now on. Our temporary staff member Eva van Alebeek will stay with us a little longer than planned, until the end of this year. There will also be a staff change within the incoming exchange unit this autumn. Thera has had an offer she couldn’t refuse from her previous employer and will be leaving us mid-October. Luckily we have found a good replacement for her in Szuzsi Kovács, who will start working for HU on November 1. We will ask her to introduce herself in a future newsletter. And last but not least: Jan Willem is enjoying his well earned retirement after many years working at HU, he has yet to be replaced. We will give Jan Willem a formal send-off on September 30.
There have been changes not only among our students and staff members, but also within the Erasmus+ programme. Several processes will be digitalised, like the exchange agreements and students’ learning agreements. The will be new types of exchanges, like short term cooperation’s between institutions. There will be more focus on green mobility and inclusion, for this reason the Erasmus+ programme has created new types of scholarships. We will inform the relevant departments of these developments over the next few months.
In short: a new academic year and a new start! We’re looking forward to what the new year has to offer.
6th Carpe conference Strengthening Partnerships 

All CARPE partners and their scholars will join during the 6th biannual CARPE conference organized by the University of Debrecen, Hungary.
In its 10 years of existence CARPE has done a lot to promote and facilitate interactions between its member institutions and research groups, always bearing in mind that our mission is to foster activities that help and improve the quality of life in our cities, countries, and of humanity in general. This Conference will give the opportunity to share good practices, to initiate new collaborations, to discuss key challenges, and to learn from experts in industry and municipality about the most pressing needs and the important trends of today’s university-industry-city partnerships. Did you meet our newest CARPE members, Politecnico do porto and the University of West Scotland already? During the conference there will be enough opportunity to meet them.
Taken the current pandemic situation in Europe into careful consideration the Conference Organizing Committee has finally made the decision that the conference will be fully online. Although the pandemic has altered the life of everyone, we look forward to a virtual conference that will serve as an inspiring platform for new international collaborations for all attendees.

When:            27-29 October 2021
Where:           Online
I@H for managers: what is your role  

The Nuffic academy is offering an interesting (online) session for managers interested in their role regarding the internationalisation at home (I@H) activities of teachers. The session (free of charge) is about ways to support your teachers in the development of I@H activities.
See the website of the Nuffic academy for more information and registration.

Did you know...
  • HU is working on guidelines for international mobility in relation to sustainability. Since both play an important role in our education and research, the guidelines focus on consideration and awareness when activities abroad come into the picture

Introducing our new colleague Naima Talhoui 

Hi, I am Naima, born and raised in Utrecht. For the last three years I was making timetables for students and teachers of Archimedes, which I quite enjoyed. Since the first of September I have started as admissions officer at the International Office. I will be helping our International students with their applications at Hogeschool Utrecht and I am looking forward to it.
VSBFonds scholarships 

Like previous years, HU students who are graduating or have recently graduated can apply fir the VSBfonds beurs if they are interested in pursuing a Master abroad. For more information see: VSBfonds beurzen.
Please help us by brining this scholarship to the attention of your talented and motivated students and refer them to for more information.

The application deadline is March 1, 2022.
Feel at Home at HU 

The HU-Community has created a new festival, so join us from 27 September to 1 October at the Feel at Home Festival! Over the past few years, HU students and staff members – supported by the Community Building and Student Engagement  programme – have developed all sorts of activities to strengthen the spirit of community at our university of applied sciences.

Examples include Podium, the student platform for cultural events, and the Student Support Centre. And now, we cordially invite you to attend the 2nd edition of the Feel at Home Festival, a programme of online and offline events that introduce you to these and many other interesting initiatives.

The week-long programme of fun and educational events offers something for everyone – whether you’re a student or staff member.

Go to the site below for more information 
HU-Community (EN) | Gemeenschapsvorming en Studentbetrokkenheid (

Erasmus staff training 

When the formal government advice permits travel and your manager/budget holder agrees with your business travel, you can consider an Erasmus+ teaching assignment at a HU Erasmus partner or do a training within Europe. To co-finance your business travel you can apply  for the Erasmus+ grant.

First check Erasmus+ grants for Staff   and then go to the relevant item Erasmus+ Grant for Teaching mobility or Erasmus + Grant for Training mobility.  See the “gerelateerde links” for: the Application form Erasmus+ for Teaching mobility or the Application form Erasmus + for Training Mobility.

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