#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/

Meeting Albanian HEIs Coordinator CBHE_Call2020

Date: 09th December 2020

Venue:  NEO Albania Office

Organized By: National Erasmus+ Office

On December 09, at the National Erasmus Office +, NEO Staff met the new coordinators of the CBHE projects granted in the Call 2020. In this call 12 projects were granted by HEIs in Albania and 3 of them are going to be coordinated by AL HEIs: Polis University, Mediterranean University of Albania, Polytechnic University of Tirana.

The winning projects from the Higher Education Institutions in Albania in the 2020 Call of the Erasmus + Program “Capacity Development in Higher Education” are:

             1-TURUN YLIOPISTO

“Entrepreneurial skills for a modern education in Albania”

9 HEIs from Albania

            2- ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

“Knowledge Triangle for a Low Carbon Economy”

4 HEIs from Albania

            3- UNIVERSITY DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO

“Economic enhancement of knowledge in the food sector strengthening the technological transfer offices in Albanian universities”

4 HEIs from Albania

            4- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE MITROVICA “Strengthening university autonomy and increasing accountability and transparency of Western Balkans Universities”

4 HEIs from Albania

             5- POLIS UNIVERSITY SHPK

“Inclusive tertiary EDucation in the West Balkans”

7 HEIs from Albania

             6- VISOKOSKOLSKA USTANOVA INTERNATIONAL BURC UNIVERSITY- INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY

“Sustainable University – Enterprise Cooperation for Improving Graduate Employability”

4 HEIs from Albania

             7- UNIVERSITY OF MOSTAR

“MSc course in STEAM education – STEAMedu”

5 HEIs from Albania

             8- MEDITERRANEAN CENTER (Mediterranean University)

“University to Society Innomediaries in Albania: Co- Production of knowledge and research that matters”

9 HEIs from Albania

             9- HOCHSCHULE FUER WIRTSCHAFT UND UMWELT NUERTINGEN-GEISLINGEN

 “Dual Curricula – Study and Work Practice in Agriculture and Food Safety”

4 HEIs from Albania

            10- USTANOVA UNIVERSITY CRNE GORE PODGORICA WEEK

“Development of Regional Joint Master Program in Maritime Environmental Protection and Management”

3 HEIs from Albania

             11- POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF TIRANA

“ENGineering curricula modernIsation in renewable eNergy in albania univErsities”

6 HEIs from Albania

             12- MUGLA SITKI KOCMAN UNIVERSITY

“Educational Capacity Strengthening for Risk Management of Non-native Aquatic Species in Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro)”

More detailed information at EACEA site: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/selection-results/capacity-building-in-field-higher-education-2020_en

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

National HERE Online Seminar

Albanian Erasmus+ Office in cooperation with Albanian HERE team will organize national HERE online seminar on: “Development of learning outcomes and competence based learning in HEIs”, on 11th of December 2020.

Albanian HEIs are reforming their study programs based on LOs.  CBL is one of the topic to be better understood by HEIs.

This is particularly related with the labour market and societal demands. Actually, we are facing un-satisfactory level of graduated employment in the respective fields. The labour market requires skilled professionals in line with their needs. 

Universities should do efforts in order to meet the labour market needs renovating the curricula applying CBL principles and design the program based on LOs. This process is a very important step in Albanian HE reforming policy.

This important change will be the fundamental base of the future strategy for what concerns teaching and learning that will help HEIs in Albania to move from traditional methods of teaching and engaging students toward a new vision, where they will be able to prepare students who not only know, but who are able to do and find the appropriate solutions.

The expected outcomes of the seminar are as following: 

  1. Understanding of LOs development during review/design of study programs
  2. Assess the role of different actors when it comes to CBL through understanding their meaning for the mission and strategy of a HEI.
  3. Explore examples of CBL in teaching practices and understand better what this means to both of teachers and students, through different approaches for CBL in different professions and disciplines;
  4. Discuss the impact of CBL on curriculum and course development, including assessment and LOs;
  5. Assess how an institution may engage its resources for developing curriculum, working together on parts of curriculum or specific courses/modules, etc.;
  6. Adopt models and ideas from institutions that successfully used CBL and have LOs based study programs and best practices.

Albanian NEO kindly invites Vice rectors for teaching; Vice deans for teaching; Head of departments, Representatives of Curricula’s Offices of all Albanian HEIs to participate in the seminar.

Attached, you may find the draft- agenda of the seminar.

Agenda

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