Current Project

TEMPUS - LaMANCHE

 

Coordinator

International University College

Project Title

Leading and Managing Change in Higher Education

Acronym

LaMANCHE

Project Number

530621-TEMPUS-BG-TEMPUS-JPGR

Institutional
Coordinator

M.Murat Erguvan, Head, International Relations Office

Website

http://lamanche-tempus.eu/

Period

2012-2015

 

WIDER OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT:

The La MANCHE project’s overall objective is to promote the modernization of the Higher Education in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine by:

  1. building governance and management capacities at the participating Higher Education Institutions
  2. initiating sustainable dialogue on the HE reforms among relevant interest groups
  3. empowering students to become more actively involved in decision making at the Higher Education Institutions.

 THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

1.      To map out current leadership skills and prevalent management models at PC HEIs in view of identifying areas for capacity building;

2.      To map out the broader environment in which HE modernization processes in PCs evolve, and to analyze local trends and practices of dealing with change at institutional level;

3.      To transfer context-sensitive good governance practices and models for leadership and change management from EU HEIs to PC HEIs;

4.      To build the leadership capacity of PC HEIs senior management;

5.      To involve EU and PC HEI leaders in interactive peer learning in the field of HE governance;

6.      To provide a platform for dialogue and to enhance interaction between PC HEIs and the other key stakeholders in HE; in particular, to stimulate grassroots leadership initiatives among students;

7.      To develop and promote a context-sensitive strategy for leading and managing change in HE in the region;

8.      To raise awareness on the European HE modernization agenda and the need for HES reform in PC.

TEMPUS - MAHATMA

Coordinator

Armenian State Pedagogical UniversityAfter Kh.Abovyan

Project Title

Master in Higher Education Management: Developing Leaders for Managing Educational Transformation

Acronym

MAHATMA

Project Number

530311-TEMPUS-AM-TEMPUS-JPCR

Institutional
Coordinator

Prof.Dr. Natela Doghonadze, Vice Rector for Education

Website

http://www.mahatma.am/

Period

2012-2015

 

WIDER OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT:

To promote transformation of higher education management in Armenia and Georgia through introduction of a new Master’s programme/professional development courses in higher education management.

 THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT: 

  1. development of a Master’s programme/PDC in HE Management;
  2. introduction of a learning outcome approach to teaching, learning and student assessment methods;
  3. enhancement of the institutional capacity to implement the new Master’s programme/PDCs (teaching and learning and management of the programme;
  4. promotion of a change dialogue between the education stakeholders thorough establishment of a Professional Association of Educationalists leading to system transformation.

The principal outputs and outcomes of the project are enhancement of higher education management through training educational leaders able to handle the change complexities. The development and launch of the Master’s programme and respective professional development courses will encompass the integration of innovative teaching, learning and higher education management methods.

Alignment with and implementation of the Bologna process will inform curriculum development and Quality Assurance standards and benchmarks will ensure the quality of both the process and the products. The Professional Association of Educationalists will promote the enhancement of the higher education systems of Armenia and Georgia through an active change dialogue, experience exchange and research in the field of higher education.

TEMPUS – CASEDE

 

Coordinator

Vilnius University

Project Title

Developing Student Career Services in Georgia

Acronym

CASEDE

Project Number

530566-TEMPUS-LT-TEMPUS-SMGR

Institutional
Coordinator

M.Murat Erguvan, Head, International Relations Office

Website

chemikariera.ge

Period

2012-2014

 

WIDER OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT:

The wider objective of the project is to improve Georgian students’ employability by developing and implementing career education services (CES) in Georgian HEI and ensuring unbiased evaluation of CES, as well as wide dissemination and sustainability of the project results.

 THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT: 

The following specific objectives have been formulated for achieving the wider objective of the project:

1.     To prepare methodological and IT tools for providing CES for students at Georgian HEI;

2.     To train the staff of Georgian partner HEI to provide CES for students;

3.     To implement pilot CES for students at Georgian partner HEI;

4.     To explore possibilities for CES implementation at all Georgian HEI;

5.     To organize dissemination of the project results in periodical press, at the website and using other dissemination channels.

UNIVER-SEA.NET

 

Coordinator

Andrei Saguna University of Constanta

Project Title

University collaboration network at the Black Sea – UNIVER-SEA.NET

Acronym

UNIVER-SEA.NET

Institutional
Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Tatiana Papiashvili, Faculty of Social Sciences

Website

http://univer-sea.net/

Period

2013-2015

 

WIDER OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT:

The overall objective of the project is promoting exchange of educational values and experiences between universities in partner countries through a joint educational program and network.

 

THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

  1. identifying common components of educational programs between universities in partner countries;
  2. promoting educational values using online and offline instruments;
  3. strengthening regional identity by creating a virtual community between universities;
  4. developing a joint educational program:

a.     125 students from the partner universities (25 per university) will participate in joint educational program;

b.     10 universities (the 5 partner universities and other 5 universities that will become partners in the action);

  1. disseminating the information to about 450 students who will be informed about the joint educational program developed within the project; about 40 educational institutions (10 per each country partner in the action) that will be invited to participate as partners.

Tempus Meetings

One Year In Tempus Project Mahatma

The Faculty of Education and Humanities has already been involved for one year in the three-year-long international TEMPUS project MAHATMA - Master of Higher Education Management: Developing Leaders for Managing Educational Transformation - 530311-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-AM-TEMPUS-JPCR (2012-400). During this year we participated in kick-off meeting, two training sessions for academicians in Paris and for administration in Palermo). We have developed the learning outcomes for the new MA program in Higher Education Administration (the program, the curriculum and the syllabi). Financed by the project, wepurchased the corresponding educational materials, software and equipment, and now the program is ready for accreditation. A coordination meeting and a workshop on student mobility were held in Yerevan on December 9-10. It was decided that, financed by the project, two best student from IBSU MA program in Education Management will visit Bath Spa university (UK) for two weeks to attend lectures, seminars, meetings and to work on their research topics in November 2014. Besides, up to 5 students will visitfor two weeksASUE (Armenian State University of Economics) while 5 students from ASUE will visit IBSU, to participate in educational as well as extracurricular events. On December 13 we received a guest from Middlesex University – George Dafoulas who held an exciting induction program for lecturers and students. 

Opening of TEMPUS project MAHATMA

The Faculty of Education at IBSU is participating in the TEMPUS project MAHATMA (Master of Higher Education Management: Developing leaders for managing educational transformation - 530311-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-AM-TEMPUS-JPCR (2012-400). The grantholder is Armenian State Pedagogical University.  Participants are universities and other educational organizations from 7 countries (Armenia, Georgia, UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Czech Republic, its duration is three academic years. The kick-off meeting was held in Yerevan on December, 11-12, 2012. Vice Rector Prof., Dr. Natela Doghonadze and Associate Professor, Dr. Ekaterine Pipia represented our university at the meeting.

MAHATMA'S wider objective is to promote transformation of higher education management in Armenia and Georgia through the introduction of a new Master's programme and professional development courses (PDCs) in higher education management. The specific objectives evolve around the enhancement of the institutional capacity to implement the new Master's programme/PDCs (teaching and learning and management of the programme; as well as the promotion of a change dialogue between the education stakeholders through establishment of a Professional Association of Educationalists leading to system transformation activities.

At IBSU we have a Master Program in Education Management running which will be modified into a Master program of Higher Education Management. As the running program was accredited on February 1, 2012for five years by National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement, those who want to study at it can apply to National Exam Center for unified Master’s exams. If they succeed in getting the grant, their studies will be largely covered by it (the tuition fee is going to be 3000 GEL per year). More details about the program will appear on faculty website and Facebook in February. The program includes best students’ 2-month exchange (at the expense of the project) in partner countries. The classes during 3 semesters will be 3 days a week for three hours each starting at 17.00 or 18.00 the evening (may be, one day will be Saturday) – details of timetable can be agreed on.   To write a Master dissertation in the last (fourth) semester, students will have a local and an international supervisor.

 

TEMPUS meeting in France

The Faculty of Education at IBSU is participating in the TEMPUS project MAHATMA (Master of Higher Education Management: Developing leaders for managing educational transformation - 530311-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-AM-TEMPUS-JPCR (2012-400). On April 28 - May 3 a meeting on the project was held in Sèvres (suburb of Paris), France, in which three members of the Faculty of Education participated: Vice Rector, Professor Natela Doghonadze, Associate Professor Ekaterine Pipia and Assistant Professor Nino Tvalchrelidze. An intensive training course (Staff Capacity Building) for the academic staff intended to deliver the academic programme was organized with the aim to build on the capacity on the innovative teaching and learning methods, student assessment methods, research methods and effective class management. Very interesting sessions were held by representatives of EU partners Paul Hyland (Bathspa University, UK), Carmelo Pollichino (Centro Studi ed Initiative Europeo, Italy), Elli Georgiadou (Middlesex University, UK), Serge Chernichenko (Koblenz-Landau University, Germany), and Petr Novotný  (Masarykova University, Czech Republic).    

The participants from Georgian and Armenian Universities in the frames of the project will disseminate the received knowledge in their universities in September. They presented their programmes and vision  of the project, also worked on development and improvement of the programmes, made plans for the future meeting in Palermo, Italy for administrative staff.