Identifying obstacles to incoming academic staff mobility and institutional gaps for more welcoming services


The project starts with an in-depth mapping and analysis of the current situation focusing on specific needs of international PhD students and academics incoming for mid-term and long-term mobility as well as on national and institutional mobility related barriers faced by local higher education institutions in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Moreover, it will also focus on identification of training needs of HE professionals. The data will be collected in the spring 2021 via a combination of:

  • Literature review on mobility barriers faced by incoming academic staff in the region of CE-SE Europe. 
  • Open survey distributed among international PhD students and academics conducting or having conducted mobility in one or several countries of the target region within past 6 years aiming to collect data on their mobility experiences and specific support needs.
  • In-depth interviews with higher education managers and support staff dealing with internationalisation and scientific research. The main objective is to identify barriers to incomimg mobility they front at national & institutional level as well as map their training needs in supporting internationalisation at their institutions. 


Number of the CESE countries to be covered by the survey and interviews: 10
Number of survey responses to be received: min. 300
Number of HE managers/professional to be interviewed: 70


This activity will help us ensure that all the tools developed throughout the project will be anchored in the specific realities of HEIs in target region. The collected data will feed into practical recommendations for higher education institutions to improve or set up services resulting in a more welcoming culture and inclusive environment for international PhD students and academic staff. Key stakeholders and policy makers in the target region will also be provided with access to the resulting report on key findings and recommendations.