On 12 September, in the framework of the week of international education at VSU, the university was visited by professor Anne Spanhemacher from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission (Brussels), professor Olga Oleynikova, Director of the National Erasmus+ Office Russia, Anna Muravyeva, Deputy Director of the National Erasmus+ Office Russia, and Yulia Redina, staff of the National Erasmus+ Office Russia.
The aim of their visit was to assess the effectiveness of implementation of European projects at VSU. VSU is one of the leading universities in Russia by the number of its international projects supported by such EU programmes. Currently, VSU is running 35 projects.
A total of 12 TEMPUS/CBHE on-going or recently completed projects were discussed and analysed. The projects are dedicated to the following areas: "Teaching and Methodology”, “Strengthening Lifelong Learning”, “Law and Human Security”, “ICT skills development”, “Centres for Competence and Employability Development”, and “Internationalisation (management, curricula, credit transfer systems)”.
The experts praised the efficient work, the results, and the stability of the projects in general. The university's active internationalisation policy and its participation in the Erasmus+ Programme are cornerstones of its development strategy. VSU has benefited from the Erasmus+ projects at several levels. A pool of international projects managers has been formed during almost two decades of project implementation and up-to-date teaching and learning methods have been increasingly used by the academic staff. New up-to-date programmes including double-degrees and accredited BA and Master's programmes are implemented based on the use of Bologna tools and student-centred approaches. New structural divisions have been established to promote and support e-learning, ODL, and blended learning. New manuals and teaching materials have been produced that are used across departments, e.g. new modules in radioecology have been integrated in all master’s degree programmes for geologists and geographers.
The university has turned into a recognized leader in internationalisation and shares across the university community the new learning acquired in the projects via diverse channels, including social networks, publications, conferences, workshops, up-skilling courses for academic and administrative staff of universities from all over the country. The projects have allowed the university to occupy one of the leading positions in the region and nationwide, as well as to enhance its international visibility.