PRINTeL in Events
20 November 2018, Georgian Technical University
II National Distance Learning Conference
On 20 November, at Hotel Courtyard Marriott was held the Second National Distance Learning Conference, where GTU Professor Zaza Tsotniashvili (Faculty of Engineering Economic, Media Technology and Social Sciences) presented a paper on the topic: “Advantages of Blended Learning”.
It should be noted that Prof. Tsotniashvili had been participating in TOT Training Courses on Innovation Pedagogy within EU funded Erasmus+ project PRINTeL, organized by the project partner Graz FH Joanneum Gesellschaft (Austria) in November, 2018.
Prof. Zaza Tsotniashvili shared his experience and best practice gained through above mentioned TOT training courses to the Conference participants. About 80 representatives of defense and security as well as education sectors took part in the event. GTU Professor’s presentation about blended learning advantages based on the project PRINTeL activities became rather interesting to the audience.
Based on the information spread by the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, the aim of the conference is to gather organizations, teaching centers and universities working and interested in the field of distance learning in the defense and security sector, share experiences and discuss the perspectives of collaboration in relation to the development of the field opportunities.
National Distance Learning Conference was organized by Defense Institution Building School, with the support of the Ministry of Defense of Norway and Jefferson Institute, USA.
6-7 November 2018, Erasmus + Information Days in Armenia
On the 6-7th of November, 2018 within the frames of Erasmus+ promotion and dissemination campaign in Armenia the National Erasmus+ Office organized the Erasmus+ Information days in the Armenian National Agrarian University, Yerevan.
The first day was mainly devoted to Erasmus + international credit mobility programmes.
Mr. Vardan Urutyan, Rector of ANAU emphasized in his opening speech the important role of Erasmus+ programmes in higher education in Armenia. Mr. Samvel Karabekyan, the Adviser to the Minister of Education and Science highlighted in his welcoming speech the role of the programme in terms of the reforms in the higher education system of the Republic and mentioned that it is the time for substantial changes.
Ms. Lana Karlova, NEO-AM Coordinator, emphasized the importance of the two-day event due to which the participants will learn about the grants and strategic cooperation opportunities and will come up with new ideas and programmes. She also emphasized the importance of making our country more attractive for foreign students to continue their education here.
Guests from Poland and Belarus shared their successful experience concerning International Credit and Academic Mobility Projects. Ms. Dorota Rytwińska’s (Coordinator of National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme in Poland) presentation was about the management and selection of International Credit Mobility Projects. Mr. Aleksandr Rytov, Head of International Programs and Projects Office of Belarus State University, presented the tools of the effective management of academic mobility in the framework of ICM to the participants.
The second day of the event was devoted to the discussions concerning capacity building opportunities, cooperation and best experience exchange in HEIs. In her speech Lana Karlova mentioned about the opportunities of the Erasmus+ Programme for higher education institutions, and the progress of the projects funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme in Armenia. Among the presented projects the PRINTeL project coordinted by Yerevan State University also received particular attention. With its main objective of promoting innovative and technology-enhanced teaching and learning the PRINTeL Project was listed among 6 ongoing Erasmus+ CB projects - Harmony, LNSS, BOOST, Inclusion, C3QA, eDrone - that concerned HEI governence reforms.
Following Mr. L. Karlova, Mr. Aleksandr Rytov presented the guests the practical and most successful tools of project development applications for the 5th Call of CBHE.
Afterwards the panel discussion with Rectors from five Universities of Armenia on Erasmus+ CBHE took place, during which some existing problems of the field were raised and solutions to them were suggested.
At the end of the two-day informative days Armenian-Polish contact session took place during which ties between the representatives of Armenian and Polish higher education institutions were established.
In her final speech Ms. Lana Karlova emphasized the effectiveness and productiveness of the two informative days aimed at the development of the higher educational system in Armenia.