september, 2021

tue21sep(sep 21)15:00tue05oct(oct 5)18:00Get, Set, Reset: Redesigning and innovating international strategies challenge(september 21) 15:00 - (october 5) 18:00 Location:online

Event Details

Internationalisation has been at the heart of business and management education for decades. The ability to collaborate with institutions outside your home country, bring visiting academic staff, send students for exciting exchanges, run summer schools, we have done it all. The global pandemic has shaken our paradigm of overseas travel and has given us a stimulus to reimagine our international strategies, consider new ways of collaborating and also develop a more responsible approach to internationalisation. This is an exciting opportunity to embrace the uncertainty and embark on designing a new pathway with an open mind and curiosity and get familiar with a design approach to education challenges. 

In this series of three practical workshops, we will apply an innovation framework approach called the Double Diamond developed by the Design Council that will enable participants to explore, test and experiment with new approaches to internationalisation. We aim to create a space for participants to work together and debate questions like: What would the success of refreshed international strategies look like? What do we feel passionate about in our global education context? Are there any aspects of the pre-pandemic international strategies that we need to get rid of for good? Is there anything that we have learnt as a new practice that we would like to expand and integrate more? The emphasis will be on practising a new approach to innovation and learning new methods of engaging with a complex issue that can be replicated with your business school colleagues.

Each workshop will kick off with inspirational speakers who will set the scene and provide stimuli for the participants to start the reset process. In the course of the three weeks, participants will be able to work in teams assembled around common interests related to international education and work together in an iterative manner following the Double Diamond innovation framework. 

During the three-week series of interactive workshops, you will:

  • Learn about trends and practices that are being currently discussed in business schools
  • Practice an innovation framework approach to complex problem solving
  • Collaborate with your peers and experiment with new ideas based on recent insights

Target group: 

Professional and academic staff interested in international strategies and global education challenges. This workshop series is especially relevant to directors and managers of international relations or international offices, programme directors of internationally-oriented programmes, and anybody who wants to contribute to the strategic rethinking of internationalisation. 

The workshops will be delivered online using Zoom (to ensure the best Zoom experience, we recommend that you install the latest version of Zoom Client for Meetings, if you are not familiar with Zoom, you can test the tool via this weblink), including interactive tools such as Mural and Slack to maximise peer learning. Participants will be expected to engage in asynchronous tasks between the workshops, which will amount approximately to 2 hours a week.


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Tuesday 21 September 2021

15:00 – 18:00 CEST

Workshop no. 1: EXPLORE

In the first workshop participants will explore the recent trends related to the internationalisation of education, impacted by the global pandemic. Provocative speakers will kick off the session. Participants will work visually to brainstorm their feedback on the provocations presented by the speakers and they will form teams that will focus on topics that arise from the initial discussions.  Teams will determine the boundaries of their interest and select the focus of their internationalisation challenge. After the workshop, participants will be asked to explore the impact of internationalisation on their institution and collect information as per provided guidance. 

Tuesday 28 September 2021

15:00 – 18:00 CEST

Workshop no. 2: SHAPE

The second workshop will help participants verify assumptions and synthesise all information they collected in their home institutions. This workshop will focus on seeing internationalisation through different lenses and empathise with multiple world views. Speakers joining this workshop will share their own challenges and innovations related to international strategies in their context. Participants will continue working in their teams and progressing on framing the issues, identifying the roots of the issues and generating an initial idea portfolio focusing on the value proposition for those who benefit most from the internationalisation of education. Before the final workshop the teams will shortlist three ideas using an idea prioritisation method. At the end of the workshop participants will go back to their home institutions to collect further insights.

Tuesday 5 October 2021

15:00 – 18:00 CEST

Workshop no. 3: BUILD

The final workshop will introduce a concept of rapid prototyping that will bring the initial ideas to life and test their impact and feasibility. Participants will explore the notion of iteration and early-stage testing that can be very useful for trying out new and innovative concepts in a low cost and safe way before launching large scale and costly initiatives. The workshop will be marked by practices shared by our final set of speakers who will emphasise the importance of innovation and learning from failure in the education sector. At the end, participants will have an opportunity to share the prototypes of their innovations. After this workshop, participants will be encouraged to take their prototypes to their home institutions, gain further feedback on their work and share insights on Slack.

Practical information


  • EFMD member: EUR 400
  • Non-member: EUR 480

A 20% discount on the applicable fee will be available for every second and further participant coming from the same institution. Should that be your case, please contact Andrea Maresova prior to registering online.

The fee is payable prior to the workshop by bank transfer/credit card. Please make sure to register at your earliest convenience (but not later than 13 September 2021 to be able to start on time with the preparatory work for the workshop).

Cancellation policy: cancellations must be confirmed in writing before 13 September 2021 and a cancellation fee amounting to EUR 40 for administrative costs will be charged. After the above-mentioned deadline, we are unfortunately unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases substitutes are welcomed at no extra cost as long as the name, title and address of the substitute are communicated enough time ahead.


  • Radka Newton

    Radka Newton

    MSc Management Porgramme Director, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), UK

    MSc Management Porgramme Director, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), UK




September 21 (Tuesday) 15:00 - October 5 (Tuesday) 18:00