Erasmus+ Info Session_TESS

Date: 24th December 2020

Venue:  TESS – Tirana Esthetics & Style School

Organized By: NEO Albania

On December 24, Erida Curraj from the National Erasmus + Office held an information session on the Erasmus + Program at the Professional College “Tirana Esthetics @Style School”. Staff from the project office in this institution was presented with the opportunities offered to higher education institutions in Albania and the news on the New Programme Erasmus+ 2021-2027. Special focus was given to the presentation of programs where HEIs in Albania can apply as: Jean Monnet, Joint Master Mundus, International Credit Mobility and Capacity Building in the higher Education. The Higher Vocational College “Tirana Esthetics & Style School” operates in the field of vocational education and prepares professionals with practical skills. TESS College is organized in two departments: Department of Aesthetics-Nutrition and Department of Cosmetology. TESS is not yet a partner on the Erasmus + programme, but bilateral international relations are very well known for TESS so applying to the Erasmus + program after this training is just a “call” away.

Further Information for the TESS College is: www.tess.al

INTERBA Project meeting_December2020

Date: 23rd December 2020

Venue:  Skype Platform

Organized By: INTERBA Project

On December 23, Erida Curraj from the National Erasmus + Office attended at the INTERBA Project meeting between the partners, a continuation of the monitoring visit of the project “INTERNationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization in the Western Balkans”. During the meeting Mrs. Curraj suggested and recommended for solutions the project partners  for overpassing some obstacles encountered during the development of the project until December 2020.

The meeting took place on SKYPE platform and the project aims to strengthen the international, intercultural and global dimension through the implementation of Internationalization at Home (IaH) in partner HEIs in order to improve the quality of education and make a significant contribution to society. The project consists of 10 partners with Coordinator University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics. During the meeting the Management and Quality Plan, the results of WP1 and the acquaintance with Gant WP were presented and the next meetings were approved.

Further Information for the INTERBA Project you may find at: https://interbaproject.com/

ICM Monitoring Visit at EPOKA University

Date: 21th December 2020

Venue:  EPOKA University

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 21, the Erasmus + National Office conducted a Monitoring Visit for the Erasmus+ programme, International Credit Mobility at EPOKA University .Through this program, UEPOKA students have the opportunity to develop short-term student exchanges of 3, 6 and 9 months, for three cycles of higher education: Bachelor, Master and PhD. From 2018 this program also offers students the opportunity for Internship. Erida Curraj and Geriola Hate from the National Office Erasmus + participated in the monitoring visit which was attended by the Vice Rector of UEPOKA, David Felsen, Director of the Internattinal Office, Alba Gërdeci, seven professors and students in the auditorium and five other students online on the  googlemeet platform, to share their Erasmus + experience. During the academic years 2018-2020 Epoka University has had 23 ICM Agreements with 23 Higher Education Institutions from 9 program countries.

Further Information you may find at: http://iro.epoka.edu.al/home-erasmus-programme-1151-1638.html

https://www.epoka.edu.al/

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

Current state of student mobility in Erasmus+ partner countries

Date: 18th December 2020

Venue:  eMeeting Google Meet

Organized By: Erasmus Student Network & European Commission

On 18th December was organized the online meeting on Google meet platform titled: Current state of student mobility in Erasmus+ partner countries (Eastern Partnership, Russia and Western Balkans), organized by Erasmus Student Network & European Commission. NEO from Eastern Partnership, Russia and Western Balkans and the network of the ESN were invited to join in this meeting.  Erida Curraj from the Albanian NEO and Svetlana Shytikova  NEO of Ukrain, introduced the picture of student mobility during COVID-19 in their countries.

 Mrs Curraj introduced the findings of the Survey: Impact of the COVID-19 on the ICM projects” in Albania that has been conducted during June 2020.  Kostis Giannidis, President of ESN introduced ESN’s support during COVID-19.

NEO in Albania and the ESN in Albania are working close to each other for the same aim, to fully support the incoming students in Albania, by building common agenda  and organizing different activities.

 The activity’s agenda:

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Further Information of the ESN Survey: https://esn.org/covidimpact-survey

The full report of the Survey “Impact of the COVID-19 on the ICM projects”: http://erasmusplus.al/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/W_SurveyReport-_ICM-Impact-Covid-19.pdf

ESN in Tirana Info: http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=5303

eMonitoring Visit_Project INTERBA_Dec18

Date: 18th December 2020

Venue:  TEAMS Digital Platform

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 18th, the Erasmus + National Office conducted on the TEAMS digital platform the monitoring of the INTERBA Project, “INTERNationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization in the Western Balkans”. The INTERBA project is one of the 10 projects won in the 2020 call for the Erasmus + Programme “Capacity Building in Higher Education”. The project aims to strengthen the international, intercultural and global dimension through the implementation of Internationalization at Home (IaH) in partner HEIs in order to improve the quality of education and make a significant contribution to society. The project consists of 10 partners with Project Coordinator University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics and partners from Albania, European University of Tirana.

Further Information for the INTERBA Project you may find at: https://interbaproject.com/

eMonitoring Visit_Project GEOBIZ_Dec17

Date: 17th December 2020

Venue:  TEAMS Digital Platform

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 17, the National Erasmus + Office conducted on the TEAMS digital platform the e-monitoring visit of the GEOBIZ Project, “Business driven problem-based learning for academic excellence in geoinformatics”. The GEOBIZ project is one of the 10 projects granted in the 2020 call, supported by the Erasmus + programme “Capacity Building in Higher Education”. The main goal of the GEOBIZ project is to strengthen the capacity of academic institutions to better respond to the needs of industry in geoinformatics development in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and Montenegro.

Project consortia is made of 18 partners and 5 associated partners. Albanian institutions are: Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Tirana, Faculty of History and Philology, Land & Co Ltd, Tirana and Associated partner: State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG), Tirana.

Further Information for the GEOBIZ Project you may find at: www.geobiz.eu

#Info Session_NA France & NEO Albania_December15

Date: 15th December 2020

Venue:  campusfranceshqiperi Platfrom

Organized By: CampusFrance &French Embassy in Albania, NEO of Albanian & NEA of France

On December 15, took place, at the 11: 00-12: 00 session of the fair “Virtual Education Salon, France-Albania 2020”, the seminar “Enhancing the collaboration between Albanian and French Higher Education Institutions”. Mrs. Elisabeth Barsacq, Ambassador of France to Albania greeted the activity which took place from 9:30 to 18:15, organized into different sessions, and gathered many different actors from the field of education who carry out activities in Albania.

The event took place on the CampusFrance platformAlbania.

In the session dedicated to Higher Education, Jean-Louis Mayonnade from the French National Agency Erasmus + and Erida Curraj from the National Erasmus + Office in Albania, presented the Erasmus + Program and introduced the innovations of the new programme, Erasmus + 2021-2027. A list of recommendations was listed for the HEIs in both Albania -France for the forthcoming Open Calls.

Magali Maire, the coordinator of the SmartAL project, shared with the audience the experience of cooperation with higher education institutions in Albania and -Being the coordinator of a project (CBHE Erasmus +) made me realize that Albania is a country full of potential- she proclaimed. Mr Maire advised French colleagues its French not to hesitate for cooperation.

During the presentation, higher education institutions in Albania and France were introduced, suggested and advised for the further steps as some suggestions are:

           1- The cooperation between the Higher Education Institutions in Albania and in France should be increased

During the Erasmus + 2014-2020 program about 100,000 euros were not used from the total budget requested by the Erasmus + Agency of France for cooperation France-Balkan countries

          2- Applications between HEIs of the two countries in different programs ICM, CBHE, Jean Monnet and Joint Master Mundus Erasmus should be increased.

The new Erasmus + 2021-2027 program will bring many simplifications and opportunities for Albanian HEIs to apply in the 4 above mentioned programs.

          3-The forthcoming project’s topics, NEO and NA suggested three main sources; a) the new Erasmus + Program main topics, b) national and regional strategies as well as c) the list of topics recommended by the ECO + that were presented at the meeting. (see presentation attached)

 The activity’s agenda:

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Contact:

Jean-Louis Mayonnade                                                             Erida Curraj                          

Programme Officer                                                                     Programme Officer

French National Agency Erasmus +                                         National Erasmus Office in Albania

Jean-Louis.Mayonnade@agence-erasmus.fr                        Erida.curraj@erasmusplus.al

eMonitoring Visit_Project_QUADIC _Dec14

Date: 14th December 2020

Venue:  TEAMS Digital Platform

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 14, the National Erasmus + Office conducted a monitoring visit of the QUADIC Project, “Quality development    of international cooperation and project management” on the TEAMS digital platform. The QUADIC project is one of the 10 projects granted in the 2020 Call, supported by the Erasmus + programme “Capacity Building in Higher Education”.

The QUADIC project consists of 18 partners, 6 of them are Albania HEIs as: University “Fan S. Noli”, Korçë, University “Eqerem Çabej”, Gjirokastër, European University of Tirana, University “Aleksandër Mojsiu” in Durrës, University of Medicine in Tirana.

This project will build institutional capacity for the internationalization of higher education in Kosovo and Albania and will improve capacity for project development and management through international expertise made available by European higher education institutions partnering in this project and exchange of good practices between the consortium members.

The project is comprised of the following specific objectives:

  • Establish and strength existing ones thirteen (13) fully functional International Cooperation Offices in all Kosovo and Albania Consortium members and develop the ICO in the two regional Consortium Members (Kosovo and Albania).
  • Develop capacities of partner HEIS in International Cooperation development and project cycle management.
  • Develop a strategy for International Cooperation (IC) and Project Management (PM).
  • Facilitate management of international mobilities by developing operational online platform for qualitative international cooperation
  • Increase the number of international projects, mobilities and international agreements, etc.

Project website: http://quadic.net/

The Coverage and Impact Report of the #ErasmusDays 2020

December 2020

By National Erasmus+ Agency in France

#ErasmusDays created for the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ Programme, have become a major European celebration of international mobility and intercultural exchange.

Erasmus+ participants, beneficiaries, alumni, organisations and National Agencies organise local events for citizens, media and policy makers to learn more about Erasmus+ and the wide range of projects it supports.

National Erasmus+ Agency in France prepared the Coverage and Impact Report of the #ErasmusDays 2020 to evaluate and greets the unprecedented success of the #ErasmusDays 2020: more than 5 000 events took place in the 84 countries that registered them on the official website, proving once again the enthusiasm and engagement of Erasmus+ players worldwide. Despite the difficult and uncertain sanitary situation, students, teachers, practitioners, volunteers, NGOs, National Erasmus+ Agencies, National Erasmus+ Offices and many more Erasmus+ players gathered to celebrate international mobility and multiculturalism.

Albania has been nominated as one of the Best Practice country; 24 activities took place during the ErasmusDays2020, many different methodologies were used: meeting face to face, blended meeting, Info session, workshop, seminars, Livestream on FB, advertisement or activities took place on televisions, video shooting and broadcasting, the big number of testimonies launched during these days etc.

The full report:

ErasmusDays 2020 – coverage and impact FRANCE

 

eMonitoring Visit_Project VALEU-X _Dec11

Date: 11th December 2020

Venue:  TEAMS Digital Platform

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 11, the National Erasmus + Office conducted a monitoring visit of the VALEU-X Project, “Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange” on the TEAMS digital platform. The VALEU-X project is one of the 10 projects granted in the 2020 Call, supported by the Erasmus + program “Capacity Building in Higher Education”.

The VALEU-X project consists of 9 partners, 6 of them are Albania HEIs as: Epoka University, European University of Tirana, University of Elbasan, University of Shkodra, University of Korça and University of Durrës. This project aims to add significant value to the teaching process in Albania by empowering academic staff with contemporary teaching competencies.

Although the project is in its first year of implementation, the impact it is creating on partner institutions due to the urgency of teaching on digital platforms has been high.

Some specific objectives of VALEU-X Prokjects are:

  • Qualification of academic staff at Albanian HEIs for innovative virtual teaching and learning settings.
  • Support Albanian HEIs in adopting and implementing effective ICT-based internationalisation at home activities and integrate Albanian HEIs in a global network for “Virtual Mobility”.
  • Qualification of administrative staff at Albanian HEIs on adopting and recognising Virtual/Blended Mobility as part of their institutional internationalisation strategy.

Further Information for the project you may find at: https://valeu-x.eu/