CIES website. [caption id="attachment_9986" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Fulbright IEA participants at a reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy to Belgium[/caption] During their time in Brussels, participants learned about opportunities to engage with higher education institutions in Belgium as well as support from the European Commission for U.S.-EU higher education partnerships. Programming kicked off with a networking meeting hosted by the Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement supérieur (ARES) and a visit to KU Leuven. At ARES, participants participated in a discussion on Latest Developments and Perspectives on Internationalization of Higher Education. Panelists included Professor Bertrand Hamaide, Vice Rector for Education and International Relations at Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles; Dr. Thomas Ekman Jorgensen, Senior Policy Coordinator of the European University Association; Francesca Maltauro, Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture; Anna Toivonen, Policy Officer at European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE); and Kathleen Van Heule, International Officer at Hogeschool Gent. Panelists and participants discussed important developments regarding the internationalization of higher education in Europe and in the U.S. over the last 10 to 15 years, and the main challenges regarding the internationalization of higher education. At KU Leuven, Fulbright IEA participants learned about internationalization in a typically Belgian manner: over a sandwich lunch! They then had the opportunity to listen in on presentations as part of the university’s celebration of the tenth anniversary of its doctoral programs. “Looking Back to the Future” included a lecture on Developing World Class Researchers by Janet Metcalfe, Head of Vitae, as well as presentations by several PhD graduates. Participants’ time in Leuven also included a walking tour of the city with Executive Director Erica Lutes and ended with a tasting of traditional Belgian beer. On their final day in Brussels, participants visited the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture in the European Quarter of Brussels. Graham Wilkie, Deputy Head of Unit, provided an introduction to international cooperation in higher education from the perspective of the European Union. Participants then learned about international credit mobility and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees in a presentation with policy officer Hugo Sharp. Policy officer Attila Marjan and Bodo Richter, Deputy Head of Unit, then introduced participants to opportunities for international engagement available through the Jean Monnet activities and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions.