Between 25–28 October, the first coordination meeting for the international project “Developing Approaches to Internationalisation Strategy Harmonising in the area of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation in the EU, Russia, Belarus,and Armenia (HARMONY)” was held in Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (Greece).
The project is aimed at boosting the attractiveness of systems of higher education of the countries involved in the project, and promoting those universities on the European educational market. The goal of the project is to develop the mechanisms of the internationalisation strategy, harmonising them with due consideration for national interests of the countries involved (the EU, Russia, Belarus, and Armenia). The coordinators of the project are the University of Seville and Voronezh State University.
Representatives of all project participants took part in the coordination meeting: The University of Seville, Aston University (Birmingham, Great Britain), Kassel University (Germany), the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (Tomar, Portugal), Alexander Technological Educational Institute (Thessaloniki, Greece), Voronezh State University, the Southern Federal University, Penza State University, Analytical Centre for International Science and Technology and Educational Programmes (Moscow), Eurasia International University, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Belarus State University, and Belarus Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives.
The event also included the conference “Internationalisation of Higher Education in the EU Countries, Russia, Belarus, and Armenia: Answering Challenges Together” where project partners from Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, and Greece presented their most successful instruments for implementation of the internationalisation strategy used by universities from this countries. Participants from Russia, Belarus, and Armenia gave talks on the current situation in the area of internalisation on the national levels.
The conference was followed by a workshop that was dedicated to the development of a set of mechanisms for the harmonisation of strategies for the internationalisation of higher education, science, and innovations in the EU countries, Russia, Belarus, and Armenia.
During the meeting, Voronezh State University was represented by the director of the Centre for International Projects and Programmes, Alla Akulshina, and a leading specialist of the centre, Anna Nedzelskaya. Alla Akulshina presented the first year results of the consortium, as well as the plans for the future, that included deadlines for each project task. She also discussed draft programmes for the forthcoming events and their dates.
What is more, a number of negotiations were conducted with representatives of international universities that included discussions about the potential for cooperation within the Erasmus+ programme and joint applications for open contests of 2017.