Annual Steering Group Meeting and Training for the project SMARTI took place in Goris State University

On October 5-8, a hybrid combined Annual Steering Group Meeting and Training for the project “Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in order to improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization” (SMARTI) project took place in Goris State University, Armenia.

The event was attended in a face-to-face mode by project representatives from the Dresden University of Technology, Riga Technical University, Ogarev Mordovia State University, Petrozavodsk State University, Certification Association Russian Register, Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, Vanadzor State University after H. Toumanyan, Armenian National Agrarian University, Nalbandyan State University of Shirak, Goris State University (Armenia), National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance, and other program members from Catholic University of Portugal, Liverpool John Moores University, Irkutsk National Research Technical University and Kazan Federal University were present in a distant way.

The week started with a meeting of members of the SMARTI Internal evaluation working group under WP3 of the Project, for which RTU is particulary responsible. The meeting took place at the National center for professional education quality assurance in Yerevan, Armenia and the purpose of the meeting was to present the quality assurance (QA) strategy for the whole duration of the project and to discuss and agree on a joint approach for evaluation of the first milestones in the project. The QA Strategy will ensure the monitoring of the project progress, the evaluation of implemented activities and outcomes as well increase the overall impact of the project. After the QA meeting, project partners traveled to Goris State University, where the trest of the meetings were held.

During the week partner institutions presented the activities carried out within the framework of the program, shared their experience in setting up EMI centers so far, got acquainted with the EU partner experience of teaching in English and planned the next steps for implementing ESP/ECTS training and other upcoming activities. The last day of the combined meeting and training was dedicated to Dissemination WP with a special emphasis on the training of SMARTI dissemination officers.

The participating organizations and universities emphasized once again, that rather than just teaching English, teaching professional subjects in English language, thus developing new skills and achieving better results towards internationalisation through it, is the main goal of the program.

The SMARTI project is implemented with the support of the European Union under the Erasmus+ Higher Education Capacity Building Program. The aim of the program is to promote the innovative methodology of teaching educational programs in English at the national and international levels through the development of the capacity of consortium members.

Lecture “European Identities”

The lecture “European Identities” at Hochschule Darmstadt is a course with contributions from numerous colleagues from the EUt partners. The course is open for all students. It will start at Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 17:45 (CET). Interested students should contact:  bernd.steffensen@h-da.de

Europe is unique. The history of the continent is made of numerous conflicts, shifting borders, and longstanding hostilities. Regional differences, different languages, economic systems, religions, as well as climate zones shaped a heterogeneous family of nations. Nevertheless, the European Union offers the idea and vision of a territory, which on the one hand becomes more and more unified (socially, politically) and on the other hand keeps its regional individualities. Looking at political developments of the past five to ten years we see a growing nationalism (BREXIT, Hungary and Poland are two examples) and the increasing popularity of right wing politicians in various member states.

Week 1: Introduction and general information (Oct. 20) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 2: Culture of Remembrance (Oct. 27) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 3: The History of Europe + the European Union 1950-1989 – from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 03) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 4: The History of Europe + the European Union 1990-2021– from a culture of Remembrance Perspective (Nov. 10) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 5: Economy and Peace (Nov. 17) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 6: We and the other – what is National Identity? (Nov. 24) B. Steffensen (h_da)

Week 7: Ireland: We have always been European: designing an Identity for Ireland in Europe (Dec. 01) Mary Ann Bolger (TU Dublin)

Week 8: Powerful Emotions and Forming Identity (Dec 08) B. Steffensen (h_da)
Week 9: (Dec. 15) – Romania or Germany *
Week 10: France: The strength and weaknesses of the French Republic (Jan. 12) – Thibault Vigier (UT Troyes)
Week 11: Latvian Identity: Perseverance Under Foreign Flags – (Jan 19) – Anete Beinarovica (Riga TU)
Week 12: Images of Bulgarian Identity (Jan 26) – Irina Georgieva (TU Sofia)
Week 13: (Feb 02) – Romania or Germany *
Week 14: Spain: The Influence of The European Identity on Spanish Society (Feb 09) – Marcos Ros Sempere (UPCT Cartagena, Member of the European Parliament)
Week 15: Resume (Feb. 16) – Exam

*Title of the Romanian Lecture: “Romania and Europe: Landmarks on a Long Road Together” (Petru Dunca, UT Cluj-Napoca)
*Title of the German lecture: “How to Tame the Big Country in the Middle of Europe? B. Steffensen (h_da)

Meet RTU at RTU Open Day

International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University is pleased to invite prospective international students to A Virtual RTU Open Day 2021, which will take place on Thursday, October 7, at 2:00 PM (Helsinki GTM +3), aiming to take you to a journey through a whole study experience taking place at RTU Ķīpsala Campus – the most modern engineering study center in the Baltic States.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Participants of RTU Open day will have opportunity to meet our international admission team members, who will introduce you to RTU study offer and explain admission requirements. Additionally our current student from Sri Lanka will share his view on study abroad opportunities in Latvia and RTU.

RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department is the university’s structural unit, which has been working with international students coming from all around the world for more than 25 years. Our international community gathers 4009 foreign students (full-time and exchange) representing 104 countries. International students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English within 58 study programs – international.rtu.lv.

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