Welcome Service, Personnel Development & Continuing Education: Onboarding and Staff Retention

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Freie Universität Berlin
Institution website:
Monday, 26 June, 2023 to Friday, 30 June, 2023
Registration fee:
100 €
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Monday, 20 February, 2023
Accommodation not provided
Contact person details:
Freie Universität Berlin
International Office
Stefanie Ritter

Are you a professional working in career services, university libraries, research support, welcome services or international affairs?  

Then we are happy to invite you to participate in Freie Universität Berlin’s 11th International Staff Training Week 2023, which will take place for five full days from June 26 to June 30, 2023.

Five different units of Freie Universität Berlin’s central university administration, the Career Service, the Welcome Service for staff, the University Library, the Research Support Office as well as the Office of International Affairs have created a total of six interactive programs to engage with colleagues from all over the world during the week. The programs will allow enough time for sharing expertise, developing competences and peer learning as well as for networking, strengthening partnerships and socially interacting with colleagues from all four track.

Welcome Service Program

A well-designed onboarding process for new staff members not only allows an employer to make a good first impression, it is also crucial for ensuring a new hire’s engagement from day one as well as staff retention. The Onboarding and Staff Retention track of Freie Universität’s International Staff Training Week 2023 will take a closer look at the onboarding process and the factors that make it successful as well as at measures to combat a high staff turnover rate. In addition, ways of supporting international staff members will be explored. The program will consist of a mix of inputs from FUB staff as well as participant presentations of best practice examples from their home institutions.


The registration process ended. Due to the high number of applications received, unfortunately no late applications can be considered.

Participation Fee

The participation fee is 100 € per participant, which includes a welcome package, lunches and coffee breaks, an evening reception and a joint boat trip. You are kindly asked to cover the participation fee as well as other expenses for travel, accommodation and dinner by using Erasmus+ training mobility grants.


Please have a look at the attached draft program and get in touch with us in case of questions.