2016 activities

November 8 Conference Openness to diversity: integrating local and global perspectives

DEAR COLLEAGUES,

The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) is pleased to invite you to its international conference: 

OPENNESS TO DIVERSITY: INTEGRATING LOCAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 14.00 till 18.00 hrs.
Location: Vrijhof building (Amphitheater) at the University of Twente

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Prof. Joy Clancy (University of Twente)
Prof. Svetlana Khapova (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dr. Paul van Dijk (Director Twente Graduate School, University of Twente)

AIM

To create awareness about the importance of international talent and local talent integration at University of Twente - different work cultures, communication styles as well as meanings of performance.

BACKGROUND

Today as never before internationalization and immigration are very important policy topics throughout Europe. Being internationally leading and competitive university means tapping into the ‘riches of science’ (Geiger and Sa, 2008), which includes attract top talent from around the world. The University of Twente’s Strategy 2020 is strongly geared towards fostering internationalization. This includes attracting and fostering academic talent from abroad as well as finding ways of working together in the Dutch context.
However, to ensure that attracted top talent thrives and has opportunities to succeed, successfully integration is paramount. This includes addressing and discussing cultural differences, communication styles and meanings of what counts as academic performance in different academic systems and at the UT. Further, when different cultures meet, strong differences in gender expectations and roles have to be made explicit and negotiated.

QUESTIONS ADDRESSED

  • How to ensure that scientists from all cultures feel comfortable and are integrated in the workplace?
  • Do foreigners have to adapt to the local expectations- or shall local expectations be discussed as well?
  • What do these intercultural dialogues mean for highly achieving organization, such as Twente University?
  • How to ensure that gender roles are openly discussed and negotiated to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to go up the career ladder, especially in the context of competitive Tenure Track system at the UT?

The conference program can be found here

Please register by filling in the form on the FFNT website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the FFNT Conference!

FFNT Board 

Female Faculty Network Twente