Workshops

Morning Workshops

How to create a positive error culture

To improve collaboration in teams, between teams and in supervision, a constructive feedback culture is crucial. An important aspect of a constructive feedback culture is the appropriate handling of upcoming errors and mistakes:

How to create a communication climate where the open discussion of errors and failures is possible?

What to learn from mistakes?

How to develop a learning organization?

In this workshop we try to answer these questions and the specific aspects of solution-focused management will be discussed. Methods are: input speeches, exercises and case samples.

 

The workshop will be led by Sandro Vinci, PhD, Psychologist specialising in Coaching Psychology, Member of the Federation of Swiss Psychologists FSP Head of Counselling Centre, Universities of Bern (German).

 

Key Action 2: Possibilities for participation and a project example

In this workshop, you will receive information about possibilities for Swiss institutions to implement a project under Key Action 2. Then, you will be shown an example of a strategic partnership, the KoWiSt project: building skills for performance-oriented management in communes.

The aim of the project is to improve courses in public administration by setting up a transnational learning and teaching platform for performance-oriented management in small and medium-sized communes.

The cooperation of partners in the countries involved (Germany, Austria, Italy/South Tirol, Slovakia and Switzerland) enables on the one hard the sharing of experience in public administration courses and on the other the establishment of a collection of documented case studies relating to the application of performance-oriented management in the communes of the respective countries.

The resulting platform will be made available to other providers of public administration courses and should therefore grow further.

 

The workshop will be led by Marcel Pfahrer, lecturer in IT at the  Institute for ICT-based Management, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Amanda Crameri, National Agency SFAM (French).

 

The intercultural classroom: working with Latin-American students

As Latin America becomes a bigger partner not only for Bern University of Applied Sciences but also other universities in Switzerland, we have to understand the nature of its students. Latin America’s high income inequality is endemic, therefore it is a very compelling challenge to teach in a public institution like ours.

The workshop will focus on the differences between Latin American and Swiss students and consider how to bridge these within the classroom.

 

The workshop will be led by Alberto Rascon, a lecturer in the School of Business, Bern University of Applied Sciences. Alberto Rascon has taught Swiss students for more than 8 years. His classes are mostly multicultural including Latin American, French-speaking Swiss and German-speaking Swiss students (English).

 

Mindfulness as a key to cross-cultural competence

Mindfulness is a state of mind in which you are clear about your environment and your own perceptions and emotions in a non-judgmental way. Systematic training to be more often in this state of mind have proven to be beneficial for your physical and mental health in a wide number of studies. Further effects are the enhancement of communication and negotiation skills as well as the ability to deal with stress. Recent studies also show, not surprisingly, a positive influence on cross-cultural competencies.

The workshop focuses on experiencing short sequences of exercises similar to those that are typically part of mindfulness training. Participants can expect to deepen their understanding of what mindfulness is and to get a taste of what a more thorough training would entail.

Participants will get some basic information about mindfulness research, however discussing the scientific evidence is not a priority.

 

The workshop will be led by Prof. Dr. Alexander Hunziker, Head of EMBA Program for Public Managers, School of Business, Bern University of Applied Sciences (German).

 

Cross-institutional collaboration – PHBern and BFH Business School

This workshop will focus on how a student project from the BFH Business School brought about closer collaboration with the PHBern. We will introduce you to the project as well as the challenges and opportunities we faced. Moving forward though we would like to explore potential opportunities with you. So bring along your experience and your ideas that might promote cross-institutional collaboration. You may already have examples of existing projects that we can learn from.

 

The workshop will be led by Jacqueline Bürki, Head of International Office, Business School, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Christine Tauch, Head of International Office PHBern (German/English mixed).

 

UAS4EUROPE: A voice for universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Europe – how to effectively lobby for Swiss UAS in Brussels

UAS4EUROPE is a networking platform launched on 31 May 2016 in Brussels and a joint initiative from EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK. How can the UAS become more visible in Brussels? How can the UAS increase their participation in H2020 and what are the key ingredients to do so? This workshop is about explaining the opportunities for UAS in European research and innovation policy on the one hand and how UAS can develop themselves as excellent European research and innovation players.

 

The workshop will be led by Charlotte Geerdink, European Advisor for Innovation at SwissCore (English).

 

Scholars at Risk – how can higher education institutions protect the ideals we work for?

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a global network of higher education institutions whose aim is to promote academic freedom and protect the human rights of scholars. SAR provides assistance to scholars worldwide suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being.

Current conflicts and crises around the world are not only a threat to lives, academic freedom is also a target. What role can higher education institutions play in this context?

The workshop will give a short introduction to the Scholars at Risk network. Another focus will be to share the experiences the University of Lausanne has had by collaborating with SAR and by hosting scholars. Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of being a member of SAR and what concrete advantages exist for both the scholars and the higher education institutions. Finally, we will share good practices and discuss how we can work together to protect academic freedom.

 

The workshop will be led by Mattias Buess, International Relations Coordinator at the University of Lausanne (French).

 

 

Afternoon Workshops

Collaboration involving three partners: community interpreting

Collaboration with community interpreters allows migrant people to speak in their mother tongue and increase their access to public services. Thanks to oral translations, community interpreters make mutual comprehension between interlocutors from different languages and origins easier.

An interpreter will provide participants with an insight into this profession, where non-verbal and cultural dimensions are as important as language.

 

The workshop will be led by Karine Rebecchi, Community Interpreter and Quality Coordinator, Appartenances and Gwénaëlle Fontaine, Head of Training and Research, Appartenances (French).

 

The intercultural classroom: working with Latin-American students

As Latin America becomes a bigger partner not only for Bern University of Applied Sciences but also other universities in Switzerland, we have to understand the nature of its students. Latin America’s high income inequality is endemic, therefore it is a very compelling challenge to teach in a public institution like ours.

The workshop will focus on the differences between Latin American and Swiss students and consider how to bridge these within the classroom.

 

The workshop will be led by Alberto Rascon, a lecturer in the School of Business, Bern University of Applied Sciences. Alberto Rascon has taught Swiss students for more than 8 years. His classes are mostly multicultural including Latin American, French-speaking Swiss and German-speaking Swiss students (French).

 

Mindfulness as a key to cross-cultural competence

Mindfulness is a state of mind in which you are clear about your environment and your own perceptions and emotions in a non-judgmental way. Systematic training to be more often in this state of mind have proven to be beneficial for your physical and mental health in a wide number of studies. Further effects are the enhancement of communication and negotiation skills as well as the ability to deal with stress. Recent studies also show, not surprisingly, a positive influence on cross-cultural competencies.

The workshop focuses on experiencing short sequences of exercises similar to those that are typically part of mindfulness training. Participants can expect to deepen their understanding of what mindfulness is and to get a taste of what a more thorough training would entail.

Participants will get some basic information about mindfulness research, however discussing the scientific evidence is not a priority.

 

The workshop will be led by Prof. Dr. Alexander Hunziker, Head of EMBA Program for Public Managers, School of Business, Bern University of Applied Sciences (English).

 

Cooperations with China: BFH and FHO projects and a discussion of underlying success factors

The preliminary results of the joint project between Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH and the University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, School of Business St. Gallen (UAS specific contribution to the reform of foreign HE systems – Collaboration with the Chinese Association of Universities of Applied Sciences AUAS) will be presented.

Specific forms of collaborations have developed, yielding hopeful perspectives on sustainable and fruitful gains for all involved partners. One example is the set-up of a 3+2 joint degree with a technical HE institution in Shenzhen.

A second example is the collaboration of the Swiss UAS (FHS) involving a Chinese university and Swiss companies in the area of Shanghai, constituting an ECTS-credited course in the business programme at both partner institutions.

The two examples will lead to a discussion of the participants’ successful or unsuccessful experiences and create a set of good practice examples including the underlying key success factors.

 

The workshop will be led by Peter Eigenmann, Head of International Relations Office, Bern University of Applied Sciences and Mathias Kleiner, Deputy Director of International Office, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen. Together they form the steering committee of the above-mentioned joint project (English).

 

MILSA – Mentoring Intercultural Learning Through Study Abroad

MILSA is an ongoing joint project of the International Office of the University of Bern and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney. At the center of this project on intercultural learning is the development of a mentoring program that aims to support students’ intercultural learning by accompanying them before, during and after their time abroad. It also encourages students’ critical negotiation of the social and cultural differences of the host country and their own behavior in the intercultural relation. This self-awareness can be applied back home, and help students think about themselves and their country and cultural background(s) in a critical way.

In this workshop, we will focus on the practice of this project by introducing you to the different stages of the mentoring program, including our online platform, and to topical focal points and problems. Our experiences with the mentoring program that is currently being tested with students abroad will be of particular interest. We hope to review open questions with the workshop participants and to receive feedback on the project.

www.milsa.unibe.ch

 

The workshop will be led by Annie Cottier, Project Manager of MILSA, International Office, University of Bern (German).

 

UAS4EUROPE: A voice for universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Europe – how to effectively lobby for Swiss UAS in Brussels

UAS4EUROPE is a networking platform launched on 31 May 2016 in Brussels and a joint initiative from EURASHE, UASnet, swissuniversities, Hochschule Bayern e.V. (supported by Bavarian Research Alliance) and the Austrian FHK. How can the UAS become more visible in Brussels? How can the UAS increase their participation in H2020 and what are the key ingredients to do so? This workshop is about explaining the opportunities for UAS in European research and innovation policy on the one hand and how UAS can develop themselves as excellent European research and innovation players.

 

The workshop will be led by Charlotte Geerdink, European Advisor for Innovation at SwissCore (German).

 

Scholars at Risk – how can higher education institutions protect the ideals we work for?

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a global network of higher education institutions whose aim is to promote academic freedom and protect the human rights of scholars. SAR provides assistance to scholars worldwide suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being.

Current conflicts and crises around the world are not only a threat to lives, academic freedom is also a target. What role can higher education institutions play in this context?

The workshop will give a short introduction to the Scholars at Risk network. Another focus will be to share the experiences the University of Lausanne has had by collaborating with SAR and by hosting scholars. Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of being a member of SAR and what concrete advantages exist for both the scholars and the higher education institutions. Finally, we will share good practices and discuss how we can work together to protect academic freedom.

 

The workshop will be led by Mattias Buess, International Relations Coordinator at the University of Lausanne (German).

 

Mentoring refugees as a form of intercultural partnership: collaborating in creating new perspectives

At the University of Bern, as in other Swiss higher education institutions, students are making efforts to support refugees who want to gain access to higher education and thus autonomy, integration and prospects. But in no case is the learning one-sided. The workshop will focus on how mentor-mentee partnerships can provide a fertile ground for intercultural learning and building a future-oriented society. The refugee status makes this situation particular and very interesting to reflect on.

The workshop will be at least partially interactive.

 

The workshop will be led by Martina von Arx, project manager of the refugee project of the Swiss Students Union, a representative of the project of the University of Bern (English).

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