On November 3, 2020, during the seminar “Joint and Double study programs: strategy, management, implementation”, Ms. Larisa Bugaian, Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and International Relations presented the experience of UTM in conducting joint study programs.
Periodically, the National Erasmus+ Office, together with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, organizes seminars, as part of the SPHERE activities, in which higher education experts are invited, in order to provide support for promoting reforms to HEIs in Moldova. The actions are carried out with the support of the Erasmus+ program of the EU.
This year, the topic was Joint and Double Curricula, and the trainer was Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos, expert in curricula, counselor at the Finnish National Agency for Education, EDUFI.
The seminar program included topics referring to general notions of joint study programs, evolutions and trends; the legal part of study programs; the importance of joint programs and national legislation; methodology for implementing joint study programs: how to initiate, existing models, curriculum development, financial aspects, marketing, administration of students following joint programs.
Ms. Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos stepped in with international expertise, while the participants contributed with national experiences. During one of the interventions, Ms. Larisa Bugaian presented the experience of UTM in conducting Double Diploma study programs, mentioning that the extension of the collaboration in order to carry out the Double Diploma programs is one of the aims of UTM in regards to internationalization. In order to achieve this objective, links were established with HEIs in Romania, the study programs of foreign partners were compared with the study programs of UTM, and internal normative acts were elaborated. As a result, the study programs were successfully launched in collaboration with the “Ştefan cel Mare” University from Suceava, Politehnica University of Bucharest, “Gh. Asachi” University from Iaşi, “Dunărea de Jos” University from Galaţi and West Attica University of Greece.
Such seminars allow learning from the experience of others and to receive recommendations for the implementation of reforms in HE.