Join SYMPOSIUM Welcoming universities: Towards high-quality support for international academics in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe which is taking place on June 21, 2023 in Bratislava

Enhanced welcoming culture and inclusive environment helps to attract and retain international academic & research talents

More efficient and strategic management of incoming mobility strengthens a HEI's position in the international higher education landscape

State of the Art


The Comprehensive Onsite Training Programme and E-learning course for HE managers and professionals engaged in the internationalisation processes is READY at your disposal.

Both programmes comprise 6 training modules:

  • Institutional Welcome Centre: Strategic and practical considerations
  • Digital Welcome Centre
  • Comprehensive approach to support services
  • Local partnerships
  • Intercultural Communication. Responding to cultural specifics and universals
  • Global profile, marketing, and visibility

Each module comprises a training manual/scenario, PDF presentation, handouts, lots of tips for practical exercises, interactive activities and games. CHECK IT OUT!

The online UniWeLiS Explorer comprising a collection of 65 practices for supporting international PhD students, researchers and academics and facilitating work of support or managerial staff involved in internationalisation is fully READY now.

It covers 14 categories and comprises more than 150 good examples collected across Europe.  

You can browse the UniWeLiS Explorer as an anonymous user or you can register sending us a registration request at and build a custom improvement path by selecting best practices for your organisation.

You are most welcome to use it and share your feedback with us via a feedback form or at

After thorough qualitative research, we are finally ready to present the key finding of the study on attracting and supporting international Ph.D. students, lecturers, and researchers in 10 countries of the Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia).

The report Attracting and Supporting International Ph.D. Students, Lecturers, and Researchers in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe: Current Status and Recommended Improvements provides novel insights into this understudied topic in the target region based on the robust evidence collected from the region in 2021, including policy analysis, a survey of 640 international Ph.D. students, lecturers, and researchers hosted or employed by institutions in the target region and a series of 70 semi-structured interviews with the responsible higher education managers and support staff. Further details are available HERE.




Final UniWeliS leaflet: EN

Original national languages versons: BG, PL, RS, SK