During the period of May 18-22, within the Erasmus+ project Moldova Higher Education Leadership and Management / MHELM, a virtual visit was conducted in the form of an online seminar on the topic of “University Strategy Building in a Regional Perspectives: Action Learning in University-Business-Society Cooperation”. The remote training replaced the study visit to the Institute of Social Studies (ISOB) in Regensburg, Germany. However, the pandemic demanded changes to be made in the format of the visit, which took place online.

The training session was organized by ISOB, one of the European partners of the MHELM project, which was attended by over 40 people, representatives of Moldovan and European partner universities. The partners from Germany invited several academic representatives, who presented the experience of the Bavarian region in the field of training. The guests were Nikolas DJUIK, director of the Bavarian Academic Center for Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (BAYHOST) at the University of Regensburg; dr. Nicole LITZEL, specialist in the Department of Economic Development of the City Hall of Regensburg, and prof., dr. Sean Patrick SAßMANNSHAUSEN, Faculty of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, University of Regensburg. Nikolas DJUIK gave a presentation on the Bavaria region and the education system in the area, referring to the mission, activities and services offered by BAYHOST. Dr. Nicole LITZEL spoke about how the creation of an innovative ecosystem in the region succeeded through the joint action of the Municipality, Science and Business. Dr. Sean Patrick SAßMANNSHAUSEN referred to the experience of the University of Applied Sciences in creating and managing the Center for Entrepreneurship. All participants in the discussion emphasized the need for cooperation between academia, business and local public administration institutions to ensure regional development. The given activities were moderated by dr. Alice BUZDUGAN (ISOB).

During the week, the topics addressed focused namely on the development of the HELM training program for directors and managers of Higher Education Institutions and quality assurance within the program.

Regarding the work package “Elaboration of the HELM training program”, prof., dr. Larisa BUGAIAN, project coordinator, presented a summary of the activities carried out so far within the project, presented the structure of the new HELM training program, while the representatives of the partner universities in the Republic of Moldova: dr. Angela NICULIȚĂ (USM), dr. Irina DOROGAIA (ASEM) and Daniela POJAR (UTM), presented the structure of the modules of the new program. Dr. David DAWSON, University of Gloucestershire, Alexander KRAUSS, ISOB and dr. Liliana ROGOZEA, Transilvania University of Brașov, commented on the contents of the new training program in order to improve it. Dr. David DAWSON, in his speech, referred to the need for mentoring and coaching in the training of managers and how it can better the training methods. Project partner Alexander KRAUSS emphasized the principles and practices of learning based on processes and examples in the continuous training of managers, as well as the questions that, in his view, should be reflected on by team members developing the new HELM curriculum.

Regarding the “Quality Control” work package, dr. Paul SCHOBER from the Society for Social Research and Education, Germany, external expert of the MHELM project, spoke about the project quality assessment methodology and the key issues to be considered by the project team.

Dr. David DAWSON mentioned that the project also includes dissemination activities in the form of publications in scientific journals. He presented the structure of the research, mentioning its stages, as well as the fact that a first article on this topic was edited and refers to the results of the survey conducted among HEI directors and managers in Moldova, which became the foundation for developing the Erasmus+ project. In the next period there will be a synthesis of the activities carried out in the project, its impact, as well as the publication of the research results during the project implementation.

At the end of the training session, the recapitulation of the week was given and the subsequent activities in the project were planned.

The training session was organized with the technical support of the Information and Communications Technology Department of UTM, using the Webex platform.

The MHELM project is implemented with the EU support through the Erasmus+ program.

More information about MHELM can be found at https://proiecte.utm.md/mhelm/

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