Symposium schedule | Day 1

All registered participants can login to the video streaming for both tracks on Day 1 through the following link using the name and email with which they registered. The link will be open on Thursday 21 October from 09.30 (CET).

All times given are Central European Time. Please check your own zone for time differences.


The Slack channels for each session of the Symposium are via:  All registered participants receive an invitation by email to join the Slack channels. The Slack channels are now open with the speakers’ responses to questions put to them. The channels remain open after the event.


Day 1 | Thursday 21 October 2021

Time Event

10.00 -10.15 hrs


UM representative: Rianne Letschert, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University, Netherlands.
René Gabriëls (Symposium Chair)
Robert Wilkinson (ICLHE Chair)

10.15 -11.00 hrs


Kristina Hultgren (The Open University, UK)
Multilingualism vs English: are they reconcilable?

Moderator: John Harbord (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

11.00 -11.15 hrs


11.15 -12.00 hrs

Discussion & Book presentation

Robert Wilkinson (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Englishization of higher education in Europe: Glocalized perspectives

Kwok-kan Tam (Hang Seng U, Hong Kong)
Englishization - hybridization in identity, cultural awareness and literary sensibility

Moderator: Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

12.00 -12.15 hrs


12.15 -13.15

ICLHE Annual General Meeting The ICLHE Association will run its Annual General Meeting.
13.15-13.30 Break 

13.30 -14.15

Academic presentations  Englishization of higher education in Europe | Part I 

Presentation 1
Svetlana Suchkova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
Is English a lingua franca or an economic instrument in Russia?

Presentation 2
Josep Soler (Stockholm University, Sweden)/Kerttu Rozenvalde (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Englishisation and internationalisation in Estonia and Latvia: Language ideological debates and the state

Presentation 3
Frank van Splunder (University of Antwerp, Belgium/Flanders)
Beyond English-Only in higher education

Moderator: Inma Fortanet-Gomez (Universidad Jaume I, Spain)

14:15-14:30            Break

Track 1 14.30-15.15


Rias van den Doel, Rick de Graaff (University of Utrecht, Netherlands): All quiet on the language front? The role of language focus and support in Dutch EMI contexts

Moderator: Lies Wesseling (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

Track 2 14:30 -15:15 hrs Academic presentations

Englishization of higher education in Europe | Part II

Presentation 1
Aisha Siddiqa/Patrick Studer (ZHAW, Switzerland):
English in Swiss multilingual landscape

Presentation 2
David Lasagabaster (University of the Basque Country, Spain): EMI and multilingualism at university level: The Spanish perspective

Presentation 3
Beatrice Zuaro (Stockholm University, Sweden – Italy): Reframing “internationalization” and “Englishization” in Italian higher education

Moderators: Sara Atwater and Marie Rickert (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

15.15 -15.30 hrs


15.30 -16.15 hrs

On the spot

Alma Maldonado-Maldonado (CINVESTAV, Mexico City)
Social disadvantages and English: the perspective from Mexico (and Latin America)

Moderator: Leonie Cornips (Maastricht University, Netherlands)

16.15 hrs

Close of Day 1 René Gabriëls (Symposium Chair)