Training “Comprehensive Internationalisation: tools and methodologies” in the frame of Erasmus+ WELCOME project
From 16 to 20 April 2018, the Royal Institute of Technology-KTH, (Stockholm, Sweden) conducted an International training “Comprehensive Internationalisation: tools and methodologies” in the frame of Erasmus+ WELCOME «Towards Incoming International University Communities”.
The training programme presented practical aspects of internationalisation at European Higher Education institutions, in particular the Technical University of Tallinn in Estonia and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, as well as the internationalisation of education in Sweden at the national level.
Of particular interest was the work of the offices created specifically to service the international community at the university, such as the KTH Entre office, analogue of a WELCOME centre for foreign students, teachers and scientists, and the Student Service Office, as well as KTH Relocation Center the centre enabling smooth integration of mobile students and teachers.
Moreover, all participants actively worked in practical group sessions, such as development joint programmes. The expert in Joint Educational Programmes from Royal Institute of Technology Karin Knutsson presented a guideline in the implementation of Joint programmes on Master and PhD level.
Training «Marketing and cultural challenges for internationalization» in the framework of the WELCOME «Towards Incoming International University Communities” Erasmus+ project
From 03 to 10 June 2018, an international training "Marketing and cultural challenges for internationalization" was held at the Tallinn Technical University (Estonia) within the framework of the WELCOME «Towards Incoming International University Communities” Erasmus+ project. This training was organised for representatives from partner universities of Kazakhstan and China:
- Karaganda State Medical University (Karaganda, Kazakhstan);
- Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilev (Astana, Kazakhstan);
- Narxoz University (Almaty, Kazakhstan);
- Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International Trade (Astana, Kazakhstan);
- Beihang University (Beijing, People's Republic of China);
- Tongji University (Shanghai, People's Republic of China).
Participants of the training were acquainted with the structure of the Tallinn Technical University, activities of the Marketing and Communications Departments, personnel management, and International Cooperation Department.
The lectures were devoted to the internationalisation aspects of the educational process: strategic goals and internationalisation policy, modern problems of researchers in the field of science and internationalisation, national and international marketing, ideas for international cooperation between project partners in the future, etc.
In addition, an excursion to TTU and to the business incubator “Mektory” of the university was conducted for participants, which is a platform for the development of innovative technologies by the country's entrepreneurs and university students. At the end of the training, all participants were awarded certificates.Moreover, the consortium of Erasmus + WELCOME discussed interim results of the project and further measures for its implementation and dissemination on a project meeting.
Development of Internationalization strategy using Lego Serious approach, Barcelona, Spain
From 19 to 23 November 2018, training on the development of Internationalisation strategy of HEI using Lego Serious Play approach was conducted at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain) in the frame of Erasmus+ WELCOME «Towards Incoming International University Communities”.
The training was developed for partner-country universities (Kazakhstan and China):
- Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakhstan);
- Kazakh University of Economics, Finance and International Trade (Kazakhstan);
- Narxoz University (Kazakhstan);
- Eurasian National University named after L. N. Gumilev (Kazakhstan);
- Beihang University (China);
- Tongji University (China).
The workshop lecturers are academic Director of UNESCO and the Head of the Department of Management (management) of Higher Education of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia Professor Vincent Fernández Alarcón, and Associate Professor of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia Eva Gallardo.
The workshop programme was based on the Lego Serious Play method that allowed to visualise a model of Internationalisation strategy. Due to differences in the Educational system and policy, all participants were divided into two groups: Kazakhstan and China. Within each group, participants first built models for each university, then combined all thoughts into one National model, and developed the next steps to achieve the strategy. During the training, two groups of Kazakhstani and Chinese participants worked separately and by the end of the week presented designed model of each country and shared their opinions. The unique Lego Serious Play methodology lead to expending the platform for brainstorming, imagination, discussion and development of the Internationalization strategy of HEI.
Each partner-country university will present the first draft of the strategic plan for internationalization based on teamwork in the training by Jan 15, 2019.
Participation in British council workshop on Internationalisation
The two-day workshop for senior management of Kazakhstani universities was conducted on 2-3 March to provide participants with skills essential for university policymakers and higher education managers in modern universities, with a focus on the specific challenges faced by the higher education sector in Kazakhstan, notably the need to internationalise and develop autonomy. The invited key speaker Dr. David Lock, Magna Charta Observatory Secretary-General and Director of International Projects at the UK’s Leadership Foundation for Higher Education gave a presentation on international trends, challenges and success stories. I shared the interim results and main tasks of our Welcome project providing participants with links to the website for more detailed information. As a result of the workshop, all participants from 20 Kazakhstani universities decided to stay in touch forming “alumni” group to share information and best practices.
“Internationalisation in Kazakhstani Universities: learning from the regions” was organized by British Council on 6th March (i) to present the results of the research into internationalization in regional universities to a wider audience; (ii) to discuss challenges and barriers to internationalization and other reforms in higher education in Kazakhstan. The representatives of the Ministry of education and Science, Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center, Kazakhstani universities participated in the discussion of the presented research on assessing internationalisation in six regional universities in Kazakhstan. Dr. Bin Wang, Vice-Dean, Brunel University London presented the background, methodology, main findings, and recommendations. As a part of sustainability and dissemination packages of our Welcome project, I also shared with colleagues the results of our benchmarking analysis and ideas about creating a portal of Kazakhstani universities willing to be promoted on international space. This idea also was separately discussed with A. Nurmagambetov, Director of Bologna Process and Academic Mobility Center. All participants agreed that it’s time for a collaborative approach to come together as a learning community to address challenges, share ideas and help one another to implement comprehensive internationalization strategies in our institutions.
Study Tour in Lisbon, Portugal
(WP1, Instituto Superior Técnico)
From 28 May to 02 June 2017 five-days study tour on Internationalisation practices and policy framework were conducted by Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.
The training programme included workshops, discussions, and presentations of universities from Portugal, Spain, Sweden, France, and Estonia. The results of the benchmarking on Internalisation practices & policy frameworks were represented by Técnico Lisboa.
The KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), University of Perpignan - Via Domitia (France), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC, Spain), University of Rovira and Virgili (Spain), and Tallinna Teknikaulikool (Estonia) shared their practices in International Strategies in line with National Educational Policies and comprehensive implementation of Internationalisation Strategy