A presentation from the 2014 Michigan conference, given by Amaya Mendikoetxea, Pro Vice-Chancellor for International Relations, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Dr Lluis Quintana Trias, International Vice-Rector, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The presentation was entitled ‘Creating an international strategy and global reputation as a non-English speaking country’.

In this session, the speakers defended the view that internationalisation is not primarily driven by reputational issues. Instead, it is a tool for quality improvements, which our two top Spanish institutions have used successfully against a backdrop of increasing competition in Europe to retain our position as top destinations for international students in Spain.

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2014 Michigan Conference presentation: Creating an international strategy and global reputation as a non-English speaking country

Amaya Mendikoetxea Pelayo holds a DPhil in Linguistics from the University of York (UK). She has been a visiting scholar at several universities in Europe and the USA (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UCLA, Lancaster University) and is currently a senior lecturer in the department of English Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She specializes in the syntax and semantics of Romance and Germanic languages, an area in which she has directed several independently funded research projects and has published around thirty papers in journals and specialised volumes. She has had an active involvement in the management of the University as Head of Department, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Relations, a position which she has occupied since 1st September 2013.

Dr Lluis Quintana Trias earned a Doctorate Degree in Catalan Philology by the UAB in March 1993, and also graduated in Spanish Philology (1977). Named Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Education in 2008 until 2011, he has held the position of Vice-Rector since July 2012.

He was visiting professor at Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (Germany) February–June 2007, at Venice International University (Italy) February–June 2007 and February–June 2012. Visiting scholar at Brown University (USA) October 2005; and at Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) March–May 2006. His current research focuses on the critical edition of modern texts and on memory in contemporary literature.

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