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SMARTI PROJECT

Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia is a consortium member of the SMARTI (Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in Order to Improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization ) Project within Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education Program. 

The duration of the Project is three years (2021 – 2024).

Partners of the SMARTI Project:

  1. Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)- Project Lead Partner
  2. Riga Technical University (Latvia)
  3. Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
  4. Universidade Catolica Portuguesa- Faculty of Biotechnology (Portugal)
  5. Ogarev Mordovia State University (RF) –Lead Partner Russia
  6. Irkutsk National Research Technical University (Russia)
  7. Kazan Federal University (Russia)
  8. Petrozavodsk State University (Russia)
  9. Certification Association Russian Register (Russia)
  10. Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia) – Lead Partner Armenia
  11. Vanadzor State University after H. Toumanyan (Armenia)
  12. Armenian National Argrarian University (Armenia)
  13. Nalbandyan State University of Shirak (Armenia)
  14. Goris State University (Armenia)
  15. National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance (Armenia).

 

Dissemination Event on Erasmus+ SMARTI Project at PAARA

 

 

On June 30, 2021, a Dissemination Event was held at PAARA dedicated to the EU funded Erasmus+ CBHE SMARTI “Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in Order to Improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization” Project, which was attended by the representatives of the faculty and staff, as well as the students of PAARA.   

During the Dissemination EventMrs Tereza Khechoyan, PAARA’s Vice-Rector for Foreign Relations, as a representative of the local coordinator of the Armenian universities, presented the “SMARTI” Project consortium member universities, the aim of the project, the activities to be implemented, as well as the nine modules to be designed and conducted within it and the expected outcomes.    

It is noteworthy that the participants were inspired by the innovative approaches to teaching, the development, and implementation of EMI courses and study programs to be introduced in the frame of the “SMARTI” Project.

The Project aims to promote the internationalization of the Consortium member universities, as well as the faculty and student mobility through the introduction of EMI courses.  

 

Three-Day Online Kick-Off Meeting of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building Higher Education (CBHE) SMARTI Project Held

 

From March 30 to April 1, the three-day online kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) SMARTI (Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches, and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in Order to Improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization) Project was held.

Representatives of the 15 member universities of the Project Consortium from 6 countries (Armenia, Russia, Germany, UK, Portugal, and Latvia) participated in the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting,  the Project Coordinator from Dresden University of  Technology Mr. Gerard Cullen, Dean of the Chair of Languages and Culture Prof. Prunitsch, as well as Programme Coordinator of the NEO in Armenia Ms Lana Karlova, and  Programme Coordinator of the NEO in Russia Mrs Olga Oleynikova made opening remarks.

Within the three-day online meeting, the Consortium member universities presented their project teams, as well as the importance of EMI in terms of the internationalization of universities and contribution to their Strategic Plans. The study programmes to be developed and strengthened in the frame of the Project in the partner universities of Armenia and Russia were also presented.   

A special emphasis was made on the development and introduction of the 9 EMI modules within the Project. 

PAARA was presented by Vice-Rector for Foreign Relations Mrs Tereza Khechoyan.  Mr Khachatur Bezirjyan, Head of the Department of Science, Ms Tatevik Movsisyan, Head of the International Cooperation and Foreign Relations Department, and Ms Gayane Hovhannisyan, Head of the Quality Assurance Centre, also attended the meeting as project team members.

 Ms Christine Spirow, Financial Manager of the Project from TUD, elaborated on pivotal finical issues and Mr Gerard Cullen reflected upon the management ones.

 The European partner universities addressed the activities prescribed in the five work packages (Preparation, Development, Impact & Dissemination, QA, and Management), their implementation terms, the issues of the creation, design, and content of the Project website, and other technical issues.  

SMARTI Presented at the National Online Kick-Off Meeting of the 7 Newly-Selected Erasmus+ Capacity Building Higher Education (CBHE) Projects

 

On March 17-18, 2021 the two-day online kick-off meeting, organized by the National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia and dedicated to the presentation of the seven Erasmus+ Capacity Building Higher Education (CBHE) projects with the participation of Armenian HEIs selected under the Call for Proposals 2020, took place.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meetings were held on Zoom. 

At the beginning of the meeting, Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador H.E. Mrs. Andrea Wiktorin, as well as Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports Mr. Karen Trchunyan welcomed the participants. 

Mrs Tereza Khechoyan, PAARA’s Vice-Rector for Foreign Relations, as a representative of the local coordinator presented the “SMARTI” (Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches, and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in Order to Improve Educational Yield, Sustainability, and Internationalization) Project.

Mrs Tereza Khechoyan spoke about the Project description, aims and objectives, planned activities, expected outcomes and deliverables, sustainability, and the impact on the target.

Particularly, reference was made to the relevance of EMI application, the internationalization through the courses taught in English to be developed in the frame of the project, i.e. the involvement of incoming students and the boosting of the student and teacher mobility as a whole.  

The development of transparent, national and international, educational standards and comparable learning tools and teaching standards in accordance with the Bologna criteria, the enhancement of the quality of academic content and staff and students in the Programme Countries through the development of sustainable curricula for teacher training within the Project were also highlighted.

Mr. Khachatur Bezirjyan, Head of PAARA Department of Science, and Ms. Tatevik Movsisyan, Head of the International Cooperation and Foreign Relations Division, attended the meeting as Project team members.  

During the meeting, the experienced project teams shared their practice concerning the CB project implementation.  

Ms. Lana Karlova,  Programme Coordinator of the NEO in Armenia, as well as Programme Officers Ms. Edith Soghomonyan and Ms. Ani Torosyan addressed in detail the issues and potential challenges related to the implementation, operational and financial management of the CBHE grants in Armenia. 

Within his presentation, Mr. Ruben Topchyan, Director of National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance reflected upon the quality assurance issues in terms of the CB project implementation.

Mr. Samvel Karabekyan, Advisor to the RA ESCS Minister, Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Expert, presented the RA Draft Law on Education and Research, the new perspectives for HEIs.