The main goal of the project is to integrate European dimension into the teaching, learning and research activities of the universities within EaP region. To this end, 2 major goals are distinguished. The first is the development and introduction of internationalization network covering regional and interregional levels. In the frames of this network, standard forms of information provision will be developed to present research and academic activities of the university. The second objective is to raise the level of institutional capacity building through trained top management. The training of university staff responsible for internationalization activities will result in development of more professional and modern approaches towards international cooperation of the university. That will be reflected in development and/or revision of Internationalization policies at institutional level, bringing them in line with European standards and enlarging cooperation space between non-EU and EU countries.
On December 2-4 2015, the project kick-off meeting was hosted by Belarusian State University in Minsk. Participants included representatives of all partner organizations. The main topics of discussion related to partner presentations, project content and management issues, as well as planning of anticipated project activities. Presentations on the project concept and methodology were delivered by Dr. Alexander Markarov from YSU (project coordinator), followed by the project web site presentation by Mr. Grigor Babayan from NPUA (project co-coordinator). Each partner was requested to submit a standard questionnaire form regarding its internationalization activities. This information will then be posted on the project website so that it is available for a wider public and makes available new partnerships to emerge. Further, participants discussed project promotion events to be organized at each partner institution. On the whole, the following results of the kick-off meeting can be outlined:
On December 15, “I-Net” promotion event was held at Yerevan State University. Among the targeted audience there were representatives of different Armenian HEIs, international educational and research organizations, faculty and administrative staff of the coordinating institution. During the event, the main project idea and activities foreseen were presented to the audience, outlining possible advantages for new consortium members. The project web site concept and structure was presented by the NPUA representative Grigor Babayan who is directly involved in web-site creation activities.
At the end of the meeting Ms. Mariam Yeghyan who delivered presentation, answered to participants’ questions regarding partnership opportunities and methodic.
BSU I-NET Team has launched I-NET promo-campaign aimed at raising awareness among University staff members and students on facilities and opportunities for cooperation within I-NET.
The promo-campaign has started with information letter distributed among all BSU faculties and units using both administrative and non-formal channels of communications (mailing list of DIR subscribers, persons responsible for international activities, those interested etc.). The letter presents the I-NET project, its aim and objectives and requests the information from faculties on their project ideas/ prospective subject fields of joint projects and needs for European cooperation to be posted at I-NET Web-site.
On March 31st 2016 on the Council of Young Researchers the staff members of International Relations Office made the presentation of I-Net project. The audience of the meeting was represented by academic staff, young researchers and PhD students. During this Info-Day, the Head of IRO office Mr. Andriy Petrenko and Senior Project Officer Ms. Iryna Sorokina explained to the audience the main objectives, activities and expected outcomes of the I-Net project. Besides the basic project info, IRO staff announced the local trainings on internationalization which will be delivered to academic and teaching staff in frames of the I-Net project. The state of the art in internationalization and related challenges were discussed on the meeting as well. All participants of the event received the I-Net promotion leaflets with the summary project info. This meeting was a good opportunity for NMAU staff to learn about European projects and to get useful information on the development of international partnerships.
Presentations of Training on Internationalization for the top Management of participating institutions