On 14 March 2013, FOCIR organised its first meeting for associations of the year with the aim of informing them about how member organisations can increase their chances of and improve their strategies for internationalisation from within.
Under the name “Do you want to make your organisation more international? Then incorporate foreign talent,” the meeting brought together experts from both the public and private education worlds that run work experience and volunteer programmes in Catalonia, which are the main point of entry of foreign students in Catalonia.
In the first part of the informative talk, Sandra García of the Department of International Relations and Admissions at the Technical School of Industrial Engineers spoke to us about the Lifelong Learning Programme, promoted and financed by the European Commission, which was aimed at young Europeans interested in work experience at Catalan organisations.
In addition to the European programmes, Ana Martínez and Katryn Evinson, respectively the Director and Academic Coordinator at CEA Global Education, an international educational organisation with university programmes for North American students, told us more about the recent volunteer programme that their students were involved in at Catalan organisations in order to provide support in certain areas where their expertise might be of use.