SUCTI Train the Trainers Spring 2024


Marina Casals Sala

Marina Casals is the Director of International Relations at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. She is a trainer for the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and the person behind the SUCTI Project about engaging administrative staff in internationalisation (, an Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project, which was awarded the EAIE President’s Award in 2019. She has served in the leadership of the EAIE and in the Management Board of CHEI (Center for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano), where she is now pursuing her PhD studies. She trains and presents at several conferences internationally and has been recognised with the EAIE Rising Star Award and the SGroup IMPACT Award.


Joanna Domagała

She worked for 9 years at the International Office at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland) as a Deputy Head and is currently coordinating the SUCTIA project. In her work she’s been dealing with international education, promotion, and relations as well as the internationalisation process in HE. Since 2015, she has been a SUCTI trainer, as well as a trainer for HEIs specializing in intercultural communication, internationalization and international students’ recruitment procedures. She is an expert in internationalization at European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA HE) and Institute for Higher Education Development. From 2017, she is the coordinator of the Academy of Internationalization in Poland. She is working on her PhD and her scientific interests cover postcolonial studies and Irish drama, while personally she is fond of travelling, cooking and training for triathlon.

John Bates

John Bates is the coordinator of the Language Service at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, which provides language courses for members of the university and a translation and editing service in Catalan, Spanish and English for staff and researchers. He regularly teaches a course on oral presentation skills and writing research papers in English. After graduating in Hispanic Studies from Sheffield University (England) in 1984 he came to Tarragona where he worked as a freelance teacher and translator for the theme park Port Aventura, the Tarragona Provincial Council and TV3 before joining the URV in 1994. In recent years he has travelled not only within Catalonia and Spain but also to Estonia, Poland, France, Italy and Croatia to give workshops on scientific writing.

Anna Rodríguez Casadevall

Anna Rodríguez Casadevall started her career in 2007 as Head of the International Relations Unit at University of Vic-University of Central Catalonia (Spain), where she occupied several positions, including lecturer assistant and Academic Delegate in China. For five years, she coordinated the International Relations Department at the Social Education and Social Work School of Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain), where she also co-designed, co-directed and lectured at the Master in Development Studies and Community Action. Her Master’s research took place in India and the resulting thesis was awarded and published by the University of Valencia. She has lived in India, Germany, Czech Republic, Peru, Mexico and China, and has been involved in several trainings, Erasmus+ projects and other international projects in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia. Since 2018 she has been an independent trainer, consultant and researcher specialized in intercultural competence, critical interculturality and global justice. She is a lecturer at the Master for International Development at Jaume I University (Spain) and works as a freelancer with universities, organizations and companies all over the world, both in class and online.  Anna is a curious mind constantly researching and applying new critical learning and experiential methods in her work. All her work has a common thread: bridging cultures for a better understanding in a diverse world. Her motto? “If it does not exist, let’s create it!”


Marina Vives

Marina Vives Cabré coordinates the Internationalisation at Home strategy at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), where she is in charge of the transversal implementation of the internationalisation programs of the curriculum, BIP (Blended Intensive Programs) and COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning). She is also in charge of the capacity development training of teaching staff and students on COIL and intercultural skills. She has been increasingly involved in several European projects on Internationalisation at home and inclusive internationalisation of higher education. She studied Political Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and at Humboldt Universität in Berlin and has a Master’s in Euro-Mediterranean International Relations and in Contemporary Art, a field that she also explores as art critic when she has the time.