Nordic workshop - Learn to succeed with Erasmus+ projects

What can we achieve through Capacity Building in Higher Education and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees? Welcome to Stockholm October 21-22 to learn more about and discuss opportunities for international projects through Erasmus+.

Target group: Academic staff and international officers

Venue: Norra Latin, Drottninggatan 71b, 111 36 Stockholm, Sweden

Price: The event is free of charge but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Preliminary Agenda

Registration starts at 11:30, Monday, October 21.

Please note that more information about each session can be found in the UHR Event app.

11:30 - 12:45 Registration and lunch

Standing lunch and networking.

12:45 - 13:30 Welcome

Karin Röding, Director General at the Swedish Council for Higher Education

Kamila Partyka, Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, European Commission.

13:30 - 16:00 Parallel sessions

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees: jointness and engagement

What are the elements to successfully apply for and implement EMJMDs? What are the main barriers? How to efficiently address the sustainability aspects? How can the active engagement of the alumni boost the process? This workshop aims at providing concrete tips and best practices to the practitioners from the point of view of both managers and alumni.

Apart from the above-mentioned aspects, the workshop will also focus on the following elements:

  • Background and evidence-based information
  • Best practices
  • How to write a good proposal
  • Role of Joint Programmes within the "European Universities"

Speakers: Mirko Varano and Pavan K. Sriram

Capacity Building in Higher Education: Designing projects of high quality

This workshop will be about how to write a successful CBHE project proposal. We will discuss what it takes to succeed while at the same time adhering to the often complex requirements given by the programme, both from the perspective of a project manager and an evaluator.

Speaker: Oddný Ósk Sverrisdóttir

Participants: Victor Kordas, Magnús Árni Skjöld Magnússon, Shaizada Tasbulatova and Parviz Baghirov

16:00 - 16:45 Coffee and networking session

With networking tables for NEOs, DG EAC and national funding programmes

16:45 - 17:45 Synergies between programmes - A Network Approach

 Exemplified with the Erasmus Mundus Masters Journalism, Media, and Globalisation (Mundus Journalism).

This session underlines the need for networking and includes synergies between Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) and Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM).

Speakers: Bettina Andersen and Inger Munk

17:45 - 18:00 Conclusions and end of the first day

Karin Röding, Director General at the Swedish Council for Higher

18:00 - 21:00 Dinner and cocktails at Norra Latin

09:00 - 10:15 How to design a successful application using the Impact Tool

This session will give you information on how to write a high-quality application with the use of the Impact Tool developed by the Dutch National Agency (Nuffic). More information about the Impact Tool (opens in a new window).

Speakers: Bas Beisiegel and Petra de Greeve

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

and networking.

10:45 - 11:45 From Erasmus+ mobility projects to deepening collaboration in CBHE

This session will be about how the collaboration between JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä Finland and Kazakhstani Medical Universities, which started from an Erasmus+ Mobility Consortium, has grown into a wide collaboration and network of projects with Kazakhstan and with EU universities. The speakers will also talk the importance of understanding the partner country's strategical goals.

Speakers: Johanna Heikkilä and Shaizada Tasbulatova

11:45 - 12:00 Closing remarks

Kamila Partyka, Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, European Commission.

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch and farewell


For Swedish participants only:

13:00 - 14:30 Linnaeus-Palme workshop - Som du skriver får du svar

Eva Lundqvist and Blerina Rabushaj, Programme officers, the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Karin Röding

Dr. Karin Röding was appointed Director General for the Swedish Council for Higher Education on April 1, 2018. She has previously served as State Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Vice-chancellor at Mälardalen University and University director at both Karolinska Insitute and Uppsala University. She has been a member of the board at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and at the Advisory Committee on Higher Education (Rådgivande udvalget för vidaregående uddannelse, RUVU) in Denmark as well as the Danish Accreditation Council.

Karin holds a Ph.D. from Karolinska Institute, is a licensed dentist with a specialization in Endodontics and is an active Twitter-user.

Kamila Partyka

Kamila Partyka has worked for the European Commission since 2007. Firstly, in the Directorate-General for Research until 2010, managing Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects, then in Education and Culture where she is currently Policy Officer in the International Cooperation team. She focuses on cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

Before joining the Commission, Kamila worked for the Polish Ministry of Regional Development, dealing with the European Social Fund to support employability and human resources development in Poland.

Mirko Varano

Mirko Varano serves as Senior Advisor International Projects at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Mirko has been active in the field of internationalisation of higher education for the past 25 years. He covered different positions of responsibility at the Turin Technical University between 1992–2008 in the field of international relations. He was appointed as CLUSTER network coordinator from 2008 to 2010. He was previously internationalisation officer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology where he was appointed a member of the international strategy group from 2013 to 2016. He is currently an adviser for international projects at the same institution, with a focus on Erasmus+ and university networks. Mirko holds a Master's degree in Political Science with a specialisation in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Turin, Italy.

Pavan K. Sriram

Pavan Sriram is originally from Bangalore, located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, India, where he lived until 2008 when he moved to Europe. He completed the Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in computational Mechanics in 2010 and wrapping up his PhD in Operations Management at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and is a Senior Project Manager at Digital Norway. He has been the founding member and co-chair of Erasmus+ student and alumni alliance and is currently President of Erasmus Mundus Association and also an advisory board of Study in Europe project.

Oddný Ósk Sverrisdóttir

Oddný Ósk Sverrisdóttir has a BSc and MSc from the University of Iceland in Social Anthropology and Biological Anthropology. At present, she is a Research Officer at the Faculty Office of Social Science and Humanities at Uppsala University. She has previously been a Project Coordinator at the International Office at Uppsala University. Prior to that she worked at the Icelandic Ministry of Agriculture, The Icelandic Research Center and Decode Genetics as an analyst. Oddný has written applications for and coordinated two Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects in South Africa and in Vietnam.

Victor Kordas

Victor Kordas was born 1968 in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine. Has graduated from T. Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Cybernetics Faculty in 1993 with a specialization in Complex System Simulation. He has been working at software development companies in Ukraine, in representative offices of Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft. He was a team leader for several software development projects and has broad experience in the area of ICT. Since 2001 he has coordinated several international projects at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and received funding through the Tempus program, Asia-Link as well as projects funded by the Swedish Institute and Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency. He has broad experience in the area of international education and research.

Magnús Árni Skjöld Magnússon

Magnús Árni Skjöld Magnússon is an associate professor of politics and the dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Law at Bifröst University, relatively fresh out of Kabul, Afghanistan, where he worked in 2018 as a political adviser for NATO's Senior Civilian Representative. He has in recent years been an external expert for the EACEA in Capacity Building in Higher Education (2015-2019) and the Jean Monnet Action (2016-2019). Throughout his career, he has taught and been an administrator at universities in his native Iceland and in the Netherlands. Magnús has written academic papers and chapters in books on regional and international politics. In 2014 he co-founded the NGO "Women Power Africa", empowering women in rural Tanzania. He studied at the University of Iceland, the University at Cambridge and the University of San Francisco and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science, MPhil in European Studies, MA in International and Development Economics and BA in Philosophy.

Shaizada Tasbulatova

Shaizada Tasbulatova has over 40 years of experience working at various levels of education management in Kazakhstan with her Ph.D. degree focusing the management of the teaching and learning process at schools. Dr. Tasbulatova has a research interest in comparative education. As an expert, she has been involved in developing and revising a number of strategic documents in secondary and higher education in Kazakhstan. Dr. Tasbulatova has international experience working jointly with UNESCO, European Training Foundation, Asian Development Bank, UNDP and a number of other international organizations. She has been the Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Kazakhstan since 2005. In this capacity, Dr. Tasbulatova has organized over 35 conferences and seminars on building the capacity of the university community on a wide variety of higher education modernization aspects. She has over 30 publications.

Parviz Baghirov

Parviz Baghirov was born in Baku and has worked as Coordinator at the National Erasmus+ Office in Azerbaijan since 2008. He received his BA in International Relations from Eastern Mediterranean University and has a master's degree in Digital Technology in Education from the University of Manchester. With 15+ years of professional experience in higher education, his work has recently been directed towards the improvement of the educational system in Azerbaijan, mainly with complying the Azerbaijani higher education system to the Bologna Process standards and principles. Prior to this, he worked at Open Society Institute in Baku for several years as Director of Education, Youth, and Information programs and as a Higher Education consultant to the World Bank. His work has covered many projects with universities and NGOs in the country and he has supervised numerous project activities that have contributed to the development of the educational system in Azerbaijan.

Inger Munk

Inger Munk has an MSc in Social Geography from Aarhus University, is Heading the Danish School of Media and Journalism International. She is one of the founding parents of the Mundus Journalism Masters and is Consortium Coordinator and contact person to the EACEA. She has experience in coordinating projects with support from several EU programs; most recently the EU-New Zealand mobility project: Inclusive Journalism Initiative, and the EU-Australia dual degree project: Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Environmental and Social Change. Furthermore, she is coordinating Erasmus+ projects. She has been General Secretary for the European and Nordic Journalism Training Associations and publishes and is a resource person nationally and internationally within the field of international education. During work in the County of Viborg, Denmark she assisted the Mayor with the County membership of the Assembly of European Regions and the North Sea Commission.

Bettina Andersen

Bettina Andersen has 20 years of experience in managing/governing/directing international and cross-cultural university programmes. Bettina was the director of the International Centre of Environmental Studies at Aarhus University (2000-2005), before heading the administration for the Mundus Journalism programme when the Consortium was established in 2005. The nearly 1000 students and alumni of Mundus Journalism see themselves as one big family and fondly refer to Bettina as their Mamma Mundus. Bettina also serves as an international strategy consultant for the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus University. She consults on programme development, successful student recruitment, inclusive study environments and 'from graduation to employment' projects, among others. Bettina holds a master's degree in Biology with a minor in Philosophy from Aarhus University.

Petra de Greeve

Petra de Greeve has been working for the National Agency since 2007. First as coordinator LLP Intensive Programmes and later as coordinator of the Strategic Partnerships. Currently, she is a policy advisor in the field of Higher Education and coordinator of the HE team. She is a member of the cross-sectoral Impact working group and the working group Professionalisation (one of our national priorities).

Bas Beisiegel

Bas Beisiegel is an established management expert with over 17 years of experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes, organisational development, strategic decision-making and management of large grant funds. He has worked in Eastern and Southern Africa for the past eight years. Bas is currently engaged impact coordinator for the National Agency E+ in the Netherlands. In this capacity he responsible for further development of the impact approach of the Dutch NA.
In his previous capacity, Bas worked as director Governance and Accountability for KPMG, responsible for strategic oversight and implementation of the Accountability in Tanzania (AcT I/II) grants facility. With a combined contract value of 70M GBP AcT works on demand-side accountability in Tanzania. Phase I received an overall A performance rating by DFID. Within the AcT portfolio Bas directly manages interventions aiming at better policies for agriculture, particularly sustainable and climate resilient agribusiness, and combatting fraud and corruption.

Johanna Heikkilä

Senior advisor Ms. Johanna Heikkilä, Ph.D. (Health Sciences), from JAMK University of Applied Sciences from Jyväskylä Finland. In the past twenty years, I have been involved in several national and international projects in many different roles. Lately, I have been coordinating Erasmus+ mobility consortium MNUrsE, Erasmus+ CBHE project ProInCa and parallel World Bank-funded project for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan. All these projects are linked to development of nursing education and nursing practice. As a project leader and coordinator, I have gained experience in participatory methodology and service design approaches for multicenter development projects.

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