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Brno, Czech Republic

19th - 23rd of October 2020

International Networking in times of COVID-19

Mendel University in Brno has changed the face to face International Week into an online form in October 2020. We are enormously grateful to invite you for the plenary session on Tuesday, 20 at 2pm - International Networking in times of COVID-19. We would like to discuss different topics regarding the current situation and follow by round table conversations in smaller groups. The topics are following: Digital international recruiting, Virtual mobilities, Consortium of European universities,
New Erasmus+ programme.


20 October, 2020

International Networking in
times of COVID-19

2pm (Central European Time: GMT+2)

2 pm

Plenary session

Opening ceremony
Welcome speech of our rector, dean and vice-deans

2:30 pm

Round tables

- Consortium of European universities
- Digital international recruiting
- New Erasmus+ programm
- Virtual mobilities

3:15 pm

Closing ceremony

Round tables

Meet our colleagues who will lead discussions

Consorcium of EU universities

Digital international recruiting

New Erasmus+ programme

Virtual mobilities

Topics & Questions

Consorcium of EU universities

- Brief introduction about imporatnce of these consortias in the future
- Do you have any experiences with international consortia in the past? Please share your experience briefly, what kind of consortia it was, what projects
- What were the advantages of being part of the consortium? For research, for education, for internationalisation, anything else?
- What were the challenges? Intercultural differences, communication, different time zones, perspectives, perception of teams roles...?
- Can you share the best practice with us?
- What do you plan for the future?
- Any ideas, tips and tricks for building a consortium? 

Digital international recruiting

- Is there a difference between marketing and digital student recruitment?
- How is your experience with digital students’ recruitment and what has been the main challenge to these events?
- Where should digital international student recruitment efforts start from?
- Which areas are the easiest and most beneficial to recruit in? Bachelor degree, Masters degree or Ph.D.?
- With regard to High schools, is it easier and more beneficial to recruit from public schools or private schools?
- Which is better for a recruitment strategy, high school visits or large scale events?
- Are there any special procedures to follow with regard to organizing high school visits?
- What marketing materials are necessary during students’ recruitment events?
- How do we measure return on investment on a recruitment event? 

New Erasmus+ programme

- Budget has doubled and what about the demand for mobilities?(How to cope with fear from uncertainty)
- What does inclusion means for you and how are you going to influence it
- Is there and European Identity? If yes, can we strenghten it? 

Virtual mobilities

- Do you have something like blended or virtual mobilities?
- Which tools/applications do you use. Share your best experiences.
- Do you need accreditation for blended/virtual studies? What institutuion provides you with accreditation?
- How do you support your students with any financial reimbursement?
- How do you customize your virtual teaching methods? Any tips and best practices.
- Do you have any projects or grant support for setup of online learning? 


Topic: International Networking in times of COVID-19
Time: Oct 20, 2020 02:00 PM Prague Bratislava
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Meeting ID: 411 007 2885
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We start in

Why IW?

Mendel University in Brno has changed the face to face International Week into an online form in October 2020 (19th to 23rd). We are enormously grateful to invite you for the plenary session on Tuesday, 20 at 2pm - International Networking in times of COVID-19. We would like to discuss different topics regarding the current situation and follow by round table conversations in smaller groups. 


International Week 2019

54 participants from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brasil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Nepal, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA have visited MENDELU in October 2019.


Programme activities

- Digital international recruiting
- Distant learning
- Virtual mobilities
- Consortium of European universities
- New programme Erasmus


Main objectives

- Networking
- Transfer of knowledge
- Sharing of experiences and best practices among colleagues from partner and non-partner institutions.


Week of teaching in English

During the International Week (19.10. - 23.10.), all classes will be taught in English, even in the Czech degree. We are encouraging students to learn foreign language. We would like to offer all international academics to have a short presentation for our students on various topics.

  • TARGET GROUP - both academic and non-academic staff of different fields of study (please, specify your specialization in the registration form)
  • WORKING LANGUAGE  - English (at least level B2 is required)
  • DURATION  -  5 working days (19. 10. – 23. 10. 2020)
  • COSTS  - no cost
  • REGISTRATION - registration will be opened until 15/10/2020. After this term, the International Week coordinators will contact the selected participants. Please, provide all necessary information in the application form in order to help us put together a unique blend of professionals from different fields and cultural background. 

Participants are expected to bring into the discussion examples from their own institutions and present best practices or innovative approaches to the issues addressed. The selection of participants must take into consideration the relevance of their professional responsibilities. If all applicants fulfil the criteria, we will apply the first-come and first-served principle, moreover, if you are not selected it’s not necessarily personal! Priority will be given to partner Universities.



Mendel University in Brno (MENDELU) is a public institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research that has driven new ways of thinking since 1919 and proudly bears the name of J. G. Mendel, the founder of modern genetics. There are over 8,300 students at the university. Mendel University offers more than 100 different graduate degree programmes in Czech and in English languages. The University comprises one Institute and five faculties: AgriSciences, Horticulture, Business and Economics, Forestry and Wood Technology, Regional Development and International Studies. The university campus is based in Brno, just ten minutes from the city centre. The university provides students with modern well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, and study rooms. A library, canteens and a pizzeria also form part of the campus as well as a large botanic garden and an arboretum, which is a great place to study or relax.


Business and Economic Faculty

Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) at Mendel University in Brno was established in 1959 and is the oldest business school in Moravia. It has accreditation for all degree levels: Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Czech and in English. In recent accreditation the school received the highest rating (ranking in group A) as a one of the best schools from a total of 21 business schools in the Czech Republic. There are nearly 4,000 applicants on average each year.



Brno is one of the friendliest cities with excellent accessibility. The city of Brno puts Europe easily within reach but also boasts many attractions of its own. There is an International Airport just 20 minutes from the city centre and other major airports are very close (Prague – 200 km, Vienna – 120 km, Bratislava – 120 km). Theatres offer classical performances and modern productions. Restaurants and pubs feature a range of culinary delights including locally produced Moravian wine and delicious beer. 


Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe and surrounded by Poland to the north, Slovakia to the east, Austria to the south, and Germany to the west. The Czech Republic is a member state of the European Union (since 2004), NATO and it is a part of the borderless Schengen Area. The population of the Czech Republic is over 10 million people.
The Czech Republic has developed an advanced social market economy and social policies that support a high-income welfare state. Industry plays an increasingly pivotal role in the Czech economy, because it contributes the most to gross value added. The Czech Republic enjoys a temperate continental climate with warm summers and cool winters. It is famous for its excellent beer, fine wine and delicious traditional cuisine. 

Participant testimonial

"I really enjoyed my time during the International week held at Mendel University.  It really looked like the organization of the event was planned accordingly, on a high level. The communication from the organization team was good. The program of the International Week itself was rich on the events like workshops,lectures, field trips, etc. The organization team made sure that every guest felt welcomed.

I think the event provided a great opportunity to strengthen collaboration between Mendel University and KFU and also build relationships with those universities that also participated in the International Week. At the GoAbroad Fair we could learn about each other, exchange university leaflets and business cards.

At the Farewell Dinner we had another chance to learn about each other and enjoy each other's company in a non - formal setting. It was a wonderful time in a beautiful place with great food and atmosphere.

I just want to thank all colleagues at the Mendel University for organizing such a great and useful event. "

                                                         (Albina Zamalieva, Kazan Federal University - 2019)

Mendel University in Brno
Faculty of Business and Economis

Zemědělská 1
613 00 Brno
Czech Republic

+420 545 132 725
+420 545 135 113

Coordinators of IW

Ing. Kateřina Mlejnková
Ing. Pavla Soukopová