The Technical University of Moldova strengthens its position on the educational market by launching international projects, registering a new Erasmus+ project for Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) – “Moldova Higher Education Leadership and Management” (MHELM).
MHELM is one of the three CBHE projects selected for the 2019 edition, for the Eastern Partnership countries category, with the reference number 609656-EPP-1-2019-1-MD-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP. The project launch meeting started on November 25th, 2019, at UTM, having the role of local coordinator. In its implementation, for which a grant of 844,453.00 euros is offered, the Technical University of Moldova will have a consortium – the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova, the Council of Rectors of the Republic of Moldova – as associate partner, but also 6 other institutions of higher education in the Republic of Moldova: The Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, the State Agricultural University of Moldova, the State University “Alecu Russo” from Bălți, the State University “B. P. Hașdeu” from Cahul, the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemițanu” and the State University of Moldova. Also, having the purpose of exchanging best practices, it will collaborate with partners from EU countries such as the University of Gloucestershire, UK; Isob Institut fur Sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung, Germany and Transilvania University of Brașov.
Representatives of all these institutions participated in the launch session of the project. Prof., Dr. Larisa BUGAIAN, UTM Vice-Rector for Finance and International Relations, the project coordinator, thanked the partners for joining and taking on the major objective of the project, which is to strengthen governance, strategic planning and management in the universities of Moldova, to support the improvement of the sector by increasing the leadership and management competence.
The importance and necessity of developing the spirit of Leadership and Management in higher education in the Republic of Moldova was highlighted in their greetings by Claudia MELINTE – coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Moldova, Nadejda VELIȘCO – head of the Higher Education Policy Department, acad. Grigore BELOSTECINIC – President of the Council of Rectors of the Republic of Moldova, Rector ASEM; prof., dr. Viorel BOSTAN – rector of UTM. In this context, the steps to be followed for this purpose were explained: elaboration of a training program aimed to develop the management of higher education, focused on governance, strategic planning and management, suitable to be delivered in the universities of the Republic of Moldova; training the staff of the universities of Moldova in order to deliver the program of development of management and leadership; creating an infrastructure to support the leadership and management development program.
In his brief summary of the project, David DAWSON, a project partner from the United Kingdom, stressed that MHELM has been in existence for 9 years at the University of Gloucester, which he represents. Dissemination of information about this program, new to the Republic of Moldova, as well as best practices from EU partner universities regarding the design and delivery of professional development programs, should be a permanent objective to increase the leadership and management competence. of universities in the Republic of Moldova.
During the project launch session, a general presentation of the plan for delivering the work packages within the project, the responsibilities of the leaders of the work packages and of the consortium partners, as well as the subsequent actions regarding the piloting and implementation of the new development program in the universities of Moldova was made.
The MHELM project is implemented with EU support through the Erasmus+ program.
More information about MHELM can be found at https://proiecte.utm.md/mhelm/