On October 9th, 2020, during the scientific conference dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the founding of USARB, Carolina TIMCO, head of SRI, presented a study on the contribution of internationalization to the development of skills in students, conducted within the Elevate project, and Elena GOGOI, responsible for FICM internationalization, as co-author, presented the study related to the PBL methodology, implemented at UTM within the PBLMD project.

The topic of the conference was The relevance and quality of university education: skills for the present and the future. Within sections no. 1 “New expectations and challenges in the university training of competencies for the present and the future”, Carolina Timco spoke about university internationalization – progress and prospects, the presentation being the result of the study carried out by the team formed by prof., Dr. Larisa Bugaian, vice-rector for Financial Issues and International Relations, associate professor, Dr. Carolina Timco, head of SRI, and associate professor, Dr. Tatiana Munteanu, RI specialist within the Elevate project. In the presentation, the authors spoke on aspects related to the definition of university internationalization, its evolution in the Republic of Moldova, the state of affairs at UTM and the impact of internationalization on the training of skills for both students and teachers. At the end of the presentation, the authors mentioned the topic of reflection, in the context of the current pandemic, on the future of internationalization of policies to minimize environmental impact (blended mobility, green mobility), the inclusion of foreign students, and other issues.

In the study “PBL – the success factor in the development of Generation Z”, presented by co-author Elena Gogoi, it was mentioned that the representatives of the new generation, the so-called Generation Z, were born in a digital environment and grew up online, becoming, as a result, highly technological and much more flexible, and this requires new teaching methods and approaches. The authors mentioned that in the created socioeconomic context, the role of teacher and student changes, and PBL presents a paradigm shift in education, from teacher-centered to student-centered, in which the role of the teacher has transitioned to the role of mentor (or facilitator) in learning. The authors pointed out that PBL, as a teaching method, also benefits students through focusing on both studies and the accumulation of experience, a fact confirmed by the current tendency of young people to work, at least part-time. The conclusions elaborated in the study are based on the observations made in the application of the PBL methodology in the study programs that were modernized within the PBLMD project, implemented in the period 2016-2019, continuing the activity within the partner universities.

The authors thanked the hosts of the event and congratulated the USARB on the 75th anniversary of its founding.

The PBLMD and Elevate projects were implemented through the Erasmus+ program, funded by the European Union.

More details about the projects can be accessed on: http://proiecte.utm.md/elevate/ and http://proiecte.utm.md/pblmd/

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