International seminar dedicated to international partnerships within the Erasmus+, in Chișinău

The National Erasmus+ Office in Moldova has organised an international event dedicated to the promotion of the international partnerships within the Erasmus+ Programme, with the participation of diplomatic missions of the Erasmus+ Programme Countries accredited to Chișinău, National Erasmus+ Agencies & Offices, representatives of the European Higher Education Institutions, and coordinators of the Erasmus+ projects from the Republic of Moldova.

The seminar, part of the annual informational campaign on the Erasmus+ Programme opportunities, was held at the Moldova State University premises and has gathered more than 250 of university professors from 25 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

At the event have participated the Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Peter Michalko, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Daniela Morari, Head of Policy Department for Higher Education from the Ministry of Education Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova, Nadejda Velișco, the Ambassador of the Polish Republic to the Republic of Moldova, Bartłomiej Zdaniuk, the representatives from the French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish, British Embassies, the representatives of the HEIs from Sweden, Romania and France, representatives of the National Erasmus+ Offices from Serbia and Kyrgyzstan.

The event was launched with the Erasmus+ Capacity Building and Jean Monnet Projects Fair, Moldovan HEIs being selected for 22 of such projects between 2015 and 2018. These projects come to modernise the education system, teaching and learning methods, study programmes, and to integrate the Republic of Moldova within European higher education area.

The Head of EU delegation Peter Michalko has mentioned, in the context of the event, the priorities of European Union on the future Erasmus Programme and those on the youth dimension and encouraged the university representatives to make a good use of the opportunities in the education field, supported by the European Union.

In the same time, the State Secretary Daniela Morari highlighted the results obtained by our country in Erasmus+ and emphasised the MFAEI’s full support on issues concerning the implementation and negotiation within the Programme, a direct collaboration between MFAEI and National Erasmus+ Office being in place.

Head of Policy Department for Higher Education from the MECR Nadejda Velisco emphasised the reforms in Education realised on the strength of projects financed through Erasmus Programme and, as well, mentioned aspects necessary for the internationalisation of Moldovan education system, at the current stage.

The collaboration between the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Poland, especially on academic mobility – International Credit Mobility (ICM) projects – was presented by the Ambassador Bartłomiej Zdaniuk, which before being a diplomat, had more than 20 years of experience in coordinating Erasmus projects and collaborated with Moldovan HEIs.

As well, the representatives of the French, British, Swedish, and Turkish Embassies have presented their own education systems and opportunities of collaboration with the Republic of Moldova within Erasmus+. In the networking sessions, the participants had the possibility to interact with the representatives from the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Great Britain, Sweden, French Alliance, KTH Royal Institute of Technology from Stockholm, Sweden, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, Academy of Grenoble, France, National Erasmus+ Office in Serbia, National Erasmus+ Office in Kyrgyzstan, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research.

National Erasmus+ Office in Moldova presented the Call for Applications 2019, perspectives of international cooperation, priorities, and particularities of the Erasmus+ Programme, platforms facilitating the partners search and projects ideas, as well the results obtained in Erasmus+ by the universities from our country, in 2018.

Likewise, the representative of the National Erasmus+ Office in Kyrgyzstan Guldastan Berdikulova showed the participation of her country within Erasmus+ and opportunities of bilateral cooperation.

A special case was Serbia's experience which will change its statute within Erasmus+ from Partner to Programme Country, starting 2019. Tatjana Stankovic from the National Erasmus+ Office in Serbia delivered two workshops on writing Capacity Building in Higher Education and International Credit Mobility projects, this practice is used for the Serbian HEIs.

The annual informational campaign held by National Erasmus+ Office in the Republic of Moldova aims to present the Erasmus+ Program’s opportunities among the Moldovan students, young professionals, and university staff and also to promote the internationalization of studies, mobilities, and exchanges of experience.

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