Challenges Toward Successful Joint Degrees Implementation

Albanian Erasmus+ Office in cooperation with Albanian HERE team organized the online HERE seminar: ‘Challenges toward successful joint degrees implementation’, on 25th of September 2020.

The following topics were tackled during the seminar:

  1. Sharing experiences from the Erasmus Mundus Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology;
  2. Albanian legislation framework is in support of “Joint Degree”;
  3. French Institute of Management-a delocalization experience;
  4. European Accreditation of Joint Degrees: The case of PoSIG / Joint Master Degree in Political Science: Governance and Integration;
  5. Challenges for the implementation of Joint Master Degrees: Lessons learned from the Erasmus Mundus Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology;
  6. Sharing experiences of HEIs offering Joint Degrees in Albania: good practices and challenge;
  7. Types of internationalization of Joint study program;
  8. Difficulties and challenges in project implementation: Harmonization and Innovation in PhD Study Programs for Plant Health in Sustainable Agriculture –HarISA project.

Attached, you will find the conclusions and recommendations of the seminar

Agenda ‘Joint degrees’- 25 September 2020

Conclusions,reccomendations on Joint degrees, 25 September 2020

Cara_HARISA_HERE_Presentation

Hajderi – Sharing experiences of HEIs offering Joint Degrees 25 Sept 2020

IFG- A.Xhuvani

Joint Degree Presentation Erasmus HERE AGj

O.Malltezi PoSIG 25 Shtator 2020

Presentation_1_Sharing experiences_FV Leonor

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Types of internationalisation of Joint study programmes

NATIONAL HERE SEMINAR ON RTSH

Albanian Erasmus+ Office in cooperation with National Experts for the Reform of Higher Education – HERE,  organized the seminar on: “Supporting the efforts to strengthen the social dimension of Albanian Higher Education”, which was hosted by RTSH 1- HD through the show “Auditor Arsimi”, on 4th of July 2020,  at 16.35-18.00

The show was moderated by Ms. Edlira Birko- Journalist of “Auditor Arsimi” on RTSh.

The key issues addressed:

  • Paris Communique’ 2018 and some aspects of Albanian legislation on the social dimension in Higher Education.
  • Inclusion and citizenship – key priorities of the Bologna Process and HE systems.
  • EUROSTUDENT survey
  • Criteria for awarding scholarships to students of special categories
  • Strategies and practices of HEIs for inclusion and citizenship
  • Quality Assurance and Social Dimension in HEIs
  • Improving the admission policies in HEIs and supporting students of special categories in academic progress and their entry into the labor market.

The main objectives of this seminar were as following:

  • Information on the Bologna process, policies and goals regarding the social dimension;
  • Collection and processing of data for students;
  • Strengthening support for student admission from underrepresented groups;
  • Increasing academic and financial support for students, taking into account the aspect of the SD;
  • Design and implement strategies and policies based on the social dimension and preparing students as citizens of the society;
  • Increasing support for student mobility and for entering into the job market;
  • Reflection of the social dimension in the Quality Code and its implementation;
  • Familiarity with institutional strategies for the implementation of the social dimension.

Albanian Erasmus+ Office and the Albanian HERE team express their gratitude for the support of SPHERE for this activity and would like to thank Dr. Michael Gaebel (EUA), who contributed to addressing key issues and best practices by European Higher Education Area, in developing concrete strategies and practices related to the Social Dimension.

Attached, you can find the conclusions & recommendations of the seminar.

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NATIONAL HERE SEMINAR ON RTSH

Albanian Erasmus+ Office in cooperation with National Experts for the Reform of Higher Education – HERE, will organize the seminar on: “Supporting the efforts to strengthen the social dimension of Albanian Higher Education”, which will be hosted by RTSH 1- HD through the show “Auditor Arsimi”, on 4 July 2020,  at 16.35-18.00

The show will be moderated by Ms. Edlira Birko- Journalist of “Auditor Arsimi” on RTSh.

The main objectives of this seminar would be:

  • Information on the Bologna process, policies and goals regarding the social dimension;
  • Collection and processing of data for students;
  • Strengthening support for student admission from underrepresented groups;
  • Increasing academic and financial support for students, taking into account the aspect of the SD;
  • Design and implement strategies and policies based on the social dimension and preparing students as citizens of the society;
  • Increasing support for student mobility and for entering into the job market;
  • Reflection of the social dimension in the Quality Code and its implementation;
  • Familiarity with institutional strategies for the implementation of the social dimension.

We kindly invite the TV audience, mainly the academic staff of HEIs engaged in the strategic plan, to attend the transmission of the show ‘Auditor Arsimi, on 4th of July 2020, at 1635 – 1800!

ICM_Virtual Monitoring Visit_UElbasan_2020

Date: 25th of June 2020

Venue: ZOOM platform

Organized by: National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) and University of Elbasan “Aleksandër Xhuvani”(UE)

On June 25, 2020 the NEO Albania organized with the University of Elbasan the virtual monitoring meeting, for the International Credit Mobility Projects. 

 In this meeting participate students who have complete or were still on mobility, academic staff and IRO staff from other programme countries as Germany, UK, Turkey and Bulgaria.  They were invited to share in more detail the experience and innovations that this institution is undertaking. Eda CELA, IRO Staff of UE, introduced the achievement of this office during the last two years and the impact of the Pandemic on the mobilities. Indeed, on the meeting a special session was dedicated to students that have been on mobility during the lockdown period.

The EU currently has 48 inter-institutional agreements with Universities from 14 Programme countries. During the last two years 2018-2020, these institutions have exchanged and are expected to exchange over 320 students and over 260 staff (academic and administrative).

Read about the news of the calls on the University website:

http://www.uniel.edu.al/index.php/al/thirrje/1326-mobilitete-new

And more information on ICM programme at:

http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=1110

ICM_Virtual Monitoring Visit_UVlora_2020

Date: 4th of June 2020

Venue: GoToMeeting platform

Organized by: National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) and University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” (UV)

On June 4, 2020 was held, the virtual monitoring meeting, for the International Credit Mobility Projects with participants from University “Ismail Qemali” Vlora (UV) and NEO Staff.

 Different target groups joint the meeting, incoming and outgoing students, academic and administrative staff who have complete or are still on mobility, Deans from some faculties. They were invited to share in more details the experience and innovations that this institution is undertaking, and the IRO staff, introduced the new projects.

During this meeting was paid a special attention to the well-being of the teaching process and especially the living commodity of students during the Pandemic period.

UV currently has 63 inter-institutional agreements with Universities from 20 Program Countries. During the last two years 2018-2020, these institutions have exchanged a total of 284 students and staff (academic and administrative).

To attract more foreign students and incoming staff the UV has prepared a guide in English language with all the information about the city, university, the list of the curricula’s in English language and practical information.

Read about the news of the calls on the University website:

https://univlora.edu.al/en/sektori-projekteve/erasmus/

And more information on ICM programme at:

http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=1110

ICM_Virtual Monitoring Visit_UET_2020

Date: 20th of May , 2020

Venue: Microsoft TEAM platform

Organized by: National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) and European University of Tirana

The National Erasmus+ Office in Albania represented by NEO Staff, held on May 20, 2020, the virtual monitoring meeting, with the European University of Tirana, on the International Credit Mobility (ICM), supported by the Erasmus + programme,

Students, academic and administrative staff who have completed or were still on exchange mobilities joined the meeting.

UET currently has 49 inter-institutional agreements with different Universities from 15 Programme countries. During last two years 2018-2020, these institutions have agreed to exchange a total of 302 students and 354 academic and administrative staff.

UET has developed guides in Albanian and English Languages to help students and staff before, during and after mobility.

Read about the news of the calls on the UET website:

http://uet.edu.al/new/?s=mobilitete

And more information on ICM programme at:

KA1 – Learning Mobility

National Erasmus+ Office’s Meeting 2020

Date: 29th January, 2020

Venue: DG H.R Meeting Room, Brussels

Organized: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA

On 29th January was held in Brussels the yearly event, NEO Meeting, bringing the National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs) together to discuss issues regarding the management of the NEOs and specific elements proper to their role in promoting and monitoring the international dimension higher education of the Erasmus+ in their countries.

The NEO meeting includes as a fixed programme point the following elements:

  • regional meeting with the desk officers of DG EAC, the Head of Sectors A4 and the respective project officers EACEA;
  • bilateral meetings (each NEO with the project officer responsible).
  • introduction of the best practices and news on the programme.

If you need more information about NEO please find below:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/contacts/national-erasmus-plus-offices_en

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Grantholders’ Meeting

Date: 27-28 January 2020

Location: SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels

Organized: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA

On the 27th and 28th of January 2020, the National Erasmus + Office for HE in Albania, together with representatives of the 10 Winning Projects from the Albanian HEI, participated in the Erasmus + “Capacity Building in HE” program at the “Grant Holders 2020” meeting.

During the two-day meeting EACEA presented the technicalities, innovations, guides, tips for successful project implementation in the next two or three years.  During bilateral meetings between EACEA representatives with participants, more topics have been elaborated.

The meeting has been an excellent opportunity for new and experienced practitioners to exchange knowledge and to network with other projects.

We are very proud that Albania in the last call has increased the number of winners to 10 and 5 of them are coordinators of partnerships from Europe and the Western Balkans.

The winning projects in the 2019 CBHE Call are:

01 VTech@WBUni-“Accelerating Western Balkans University Modernization by Incorporating Virtual Technologies (VTech@WBUni)”, Project’s Leader UAMD UNIVERSITETI ALEKSANDER MOISIU DURRES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, POLIS, EPOKA

02 REACH- “Improving REsearch capacities of Albanian higher education institutions in conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI I ARTEVE, Albanian HEI’s partners; UPT, ASA Akademia e Studimeve Albanologjike, UNISHK, MESY

03 DRIVE- “Developing Research and InnoVation CapacitiEs in Albania and Kosovo”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI POLIS SHPK, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, UPT.

04 INTERBA- “INTERnationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization at Western Balkans”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI I TIRANES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET.

05 BSTONE- “Higher Education–Enterprise platform for fostering, modernization and sustainable growth in natural stone industry in Western Balkans”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI POLITEKNIK I TIRANES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UE, UoGJ

06 BLUEWBC- Sustainable development of BLUE economies through higher education and innovation in Western Balkan Countries”, Albanian HEI’s partners; UV, UT, DPDetare.

07 KnowHub “Reconnecting universities and enterprises to unleash regional innovation and entrepreneurial activity.” Albanian HEI’s partners; UV, UET.

08 QUADIC “Quality development of international cooperation and project management” Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, UAMD, UoGJ, UMT, UNIKO.

09 VALEU-X “Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange” Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, EPOKA, UNISHK, UE, UAMD, UNIKO

10 GEOBIZ “Business driven problem-based learning for academic excellence in geoinformatics”, Albanian HEI’s partners; UPT, UT, Land & co National directory of GIZ and geoportal.

The link below is providing, Agenda,  Videos – Operational/Financial Management:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/events/erasmus-capacity-building-in-higher-education-grantholders-meeting_en

National Erasmus+ Office attending on “Me and Europe” Fair.

Date: 24th of January 2020

Venue: International Hotel. Tirana

Organized by: ASAN

Friday, January 24th, the National Erasmus + Office of HE attended on the “ME and EUROPE” fair organized by the Asan Network, in Tirana, within the framework of the European Union-funded “E-Citizens, Albania in Europe” initiative.

The event was attended by key stakeholders, organizations and institutions in the field of youth integration, who learned more about European Union values as well as information on study programs in Europe.

The Erasmus + National Office booth was visited by many students and young people who were briefed on the opportunities offered by Erasmus + such as student exchanges, applications for Joint Master Mundus Programme and PhD, Marie Currie.

For more detailed information you may find:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/node_en

https://ec.europa.eu/stages/home_en

UBT Monitoring Visit for KA1 Program “Student Exchanges and Staff”

Date: January 21, 2020

Location: Agricultural University of Tirana

Organized: Erasmus + National Office

The National Erasmus + AL Office in Albania, on January 21, conducted a monitoring visit for the Erasmus + Program “Student Exchange and Staff” (International Credit Mobility KA01) at the Agricultural University of Tirana.

UBT has successfully developed over the past two years over 26 Agreements with Universities from the 14 program countries where they have benefited;

– over 250 students- the possibility of student exchange at all three levels, bachelor, master and doctorate;

– over 100 academic staff, the opportunity to train or teach as well as about 80 academic staff from program countries have taught in UBTs premises.

Each academic year UBT announces the information, the list of KA1 Agreements (ICM) on the official website as the most transparent way of information, at the link:

https://ubt.edu.al/…/20…/04/Shkembimet-2019_UBT_Erasmus-.pdf

All calls for mobility are posted on the UBT official website. Link to UBT page https://ubt.edu.al/en/notifications/