During August 26-30, 2019, Larisa Bugaian, vice-rector for International Relations and Financial Issues, accompanied by Carolina Timco, head of International Relations Service, Cristina Popovici and Tatiana Munteanu, specialists in the same field, attended a training seminar organized by KTH within the Intertool project, with the financial support of the Swedish Institute.
The project “Modernization of the tools, practices and competences of the personnel in the field of internationalization in order to support the student-oriented learning in the universities of the Eastern Partnership”, with the acronym Intertool, is implemented by the International Relations Office of the Royal Technology Institute (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden. Project partners are the universities of the Eastern Partnership countries: from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine. Moldova was represented by the Technical University of Moldova within the project, as a continuation for ensuring the sustainability of the Erasmus+ Elevate project, in which UTM is a partner.
The aim of the project is to enhance the skills and abilities of the personnel involved in the internationalization activities based on the good practices of KTH – in particular, and of Sweden – in general. The project was conceived as a platform for staff development to be made based on the exchange of experience between the staff of the participating universities, as well as for establishing long-term relationships for future joint projects.
As mentioned above, the project was launched in February 2019, during which the topics of internationalization were established. The launching session was followed by the visit of Victor Kordas in Moldova, where he had a series of meetings with the internationalization officials from the universities of Moldova. Following the study visit from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, the topics of the seminar, which was organized in Stockholm, were established in August.
The agenda of the seminar from August 26-30 included topics such as: Swedish educational system structure, quality assurance in the Swedish education system, KTH international relations office structure, specifying the responsibilities of each subdivision, KTH experience in organizing joint study programs, scholarship opportunities for foreign students, organization of the application process, selection and admission of foreign students, organization of the monitoring process and support activities offered to foreign students within the KTH, activity and support offered by the Swedish Institute to the Eastern Partnership universities. The topics were presented by Karine Knutsson, director of the International Relations Office, KTH, Victor Kordas, Sebastian Meyer and Asa Andersson, collaborators in the international relations office of KTH, Lenaart Stahle, KTH and Camilla Wristel from the Swedish Institute.
The universities participating in the seminar had the opportunity to present their good practices in the field of internationalization. During one of the sessions, Larisa Bugaian referred to the Erasmus+, Ceepus, BlackSea etc. projects implemented by UTM. Ms. Bugaian mentioned both the projects, in which UTM was or is a national coordinator: EuNiAm and PBLMD, as well as the projects in which UTM is a partner: Elevate, Minerva and in which it was a partner: TeachMe, HEIFYE. In particular, the achievements of the Elevate project, which aims to improve the university internationalization, were mentioned: the contribution to the formulation of the national strategy in the field of internationalization of higher education, which will be part of the education strategy for the future period, the contribution to the elaboration of the university strategy in the field of internationalization, in the elaboration or improvement of the internal regulatory acts, studying the experience of the countries participating in the project in the field of joint study programs.
During the last two days of the seminar, the participants worked in mixed groups in order to identify the possibilities for future collaboration, stemming from the specifics of each country, the deficiencies that could intervene and the ways to solve them with regard to the mobility of students, teachers, university staff and researchers. It was also practiced in the submission of European projects, the participants being given the task of defining projects and simulating the process of submitting them, from the design stage to the final validation stage.
In subsequent periods, the personnel of the International Relations Service of the UTM will apply the competences obtained in the daily activity of their field.