On 15th June, there was a meeting of the Rector of Voronezh State University professor Dmitry Endovitsky and the main coordinator of the Tempus project "Modernising European Language Teaching through the Introduction of Online Technologies in the Process of Teacher Training"" (544161-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-UK-TEMPUS-JPCR Aston University «Developing the Teaching of European Languages: Modernising Language Teaching through the development of blended Master Programmes»), the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in English at Aston University (Birmingham, Great Britain), an active member of the Higher Education Academy (Great Britain), permanent Chair of the International TESOL and IATEFL Associations Standing Committee for Research in teaching foreign languages Dr Susan Garton. Dr Garton visited VSU to monitor the Tempus-VSU workgroup activity during the period starting from March 2014 until the present day.
'Intentional activity is a competitive advantage of VSU. A recent guest at VSU the Head of the Delegation of the European Union, his Excellency Vygaudas Ušackas emphasized that VSU is a leader among Russian universities in terms of involvement in the EU educational projects and programmes. It should be noted that we have a lot of experience in implementing double degree programmes with French, Austrian and American universities. Our university is developing distance education which is an obvious trend for developing global education. It should be mentioned that one of our TEMPUS project's goals is creating a Master's degree programme mostly implemented online,' said Dmitry Endovitsky.
'The team from your university is very enthusiastic and has a comprehensive approach to the goals set for all TEMPUS project participants. I would like to say a few words about the activity of the workgroup TEMPUS – VSU in particular – they accomplished their task on time and also helped members from workgroups from other universities, the members of the consortium, with recommendations and advice. The VSU group was the absolute leader in the work process. We are considering possibilities for further projects, as well as creating double degree programmes,' said Dr Susan Garton.
'VSU is a training centre for foreign students. We have had a positive experience of cooperation with British, American and German universities and schools. That is why one of our main goals is creating exchange programmes at all educational levels. VSU can serve as a base for various exchange programmes in Slavic studies and natural sciences. Summer schools and conferences in VSU can form a good foundation for language studies contributed by the Tempus project, as well as for cultural exchange,' said the Vice Rector for Research and Informatisation Vasiliy Popov.
The meeting also involved discussion of problems with relation to opening of the Master's programme in Voronezh State University.