Between February 1st and 5th, at the Aston University (Birmingham, UK) there was a meeting of the delegation of universities taking part in the consortium for the TEMPUS project on "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 Masters Programmes»). Voronezh State University was represented by Sergei Kamshilin, Assistant Rector and member of the VSU Tempus working group, and Elena Chaika, Associate Professor at the Department of English Philology of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology.
The programme was very eventful. There were several meetings with the Aston University Administration - Helen Griffiths, Vice-Rector for international relations, and Simon Green, Vice-Rector and the Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics and Social Studies - as well as discussions with the members of the consortium for the TEMPUS project members, and discussions of collaboration prospects both within the projects and in other areas of international activity. Representatives of various universities in Russia (Voronezh, Tyumen, Yaroslavl), Ukraine (Kiev, Nikolaev) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Samarkand) made presentations about the new master’s degree programme “Pedagogical Education” introduced within the Tempus project. After that, the delegates discussed the ways of improving academic mobility programmes for master’s students and teachers working at the master’s programme.
The guests were shown the university’s equipment, the library, and could visit lectures and workshops, and talk to teachers and students. They were also invited to a reception by Raymond Hassall – the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.
All the delegates agreed that the meeting was very successful and there are now a lot of new opportunities for international collaboration.