Erasmus+ CBHE project "MERGE - Improving internationalisation practices in south Asian higher education"




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We are very glad to inform all of you that our efforts regarding the MERGE project have been successful since the EACEA Agency has informed us that the MERGE project has been selected for EU funding. University of Genoa (UNIGE) Italy , AGORA Institute, spain and UNIVERSITATEA LUCIAN BLAGA DIN SIBIU Romania are participating in the project from Europe side. University of Genoa is a coordinating institute in the project. In addition to this 6 partner country universities are participating 2 from india, (BAMU, ANNA UNIVERSITY CHENNAI)2 university from Nepal (MID-WESTERN UNIVERSITY, TRIBHUVAN university) , and 2 universities from afganistan KABUL, NANGARHAR) .

Higher education institutions (HEIs) plays a critical role in preparing and facilitating a skilled, knowledge workforce, they are placing more importance on internationalisation. However, SA, home to a 25% of the world’s population & a youthful region with more than 600 million people under 18, has failed to respond to the demand on IoHE. The poor internationalisation practices in the region may jeopardise the socio-economic development by unfulfilling the preparation of students’ employability & limiting the int’l profile of the HEIs. MERGE has taken an endogenous approach to address the challenges. It commences with a benchmarking exercise to standardise internationalisation practice alongside 2 study visits to EU. After that, it equips 366 people (incl. non-consortium partners) via 6 trainings and 6 English courses to develop strategic goals for both IROs and institutions until 2025. Meanwhile, 5 national activities will be organised to promote IROs’ services, e.g. 6 mobility weeks and 6 video filmed. To enhance the student mobility services, 1 guideline will be developed which can be adapted by 6 PC HEIs and other HEIs. A 45-member regional network will be established to encourage regional cooperation and integration. To increase MERGE exposure on the international platform, 2 international conferences will be organised to stimulate cooperation and dialogue. The sustainability and long-term impact of MERGE is ensured by enhanced institutional capacity and engaging non-consortium partners. BAMU will be received 75000 euros for this project.

Globalisation has accelerated the pace of internationalisation of higher education worldwide, including in the South Asian region, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. The globalised market requires graduates to have international, foreign language and intercultural skills to communicate with int’l clients. Higher education institutions (HEIs) plays a critical role in preparing and facilitating a skilled, knowledge workforce, they are placing more importance on internationalisation. However, SA, home to a 25% of the world’s population & a youthful region with more than 600 million people under 18, has failed to respond to the demand on IoHE. The poor internationalisation practices in the region may jeopardise the socio-economic development by unfulfilling the preparation of students’ employability & limiting the int’l profile of the HEIs. MERGE has taken an endogenous approach to address the challenges. It commences with a benchmarking exercise to standardize internationalisation practice alongside 2 study visits to EU. After that, it equips 366 people (incl. non-consortium partners) via 6 trainings and 6 English courses to develop strategic goals for both IROs and institutions until 2025. Meanwhile, 5 national activities will be organised to promote IROs’ services, e.g. 6 mobility weeks and 6 video filmed. To enhance the student mobility services, 1 guideline will be developed which can be adapted by 6 PC HEIs and other HEIs.

A 45-member regional network will be established to encourage regional cooperation and integration. To increase MERGE exposure on the international platform, 2 international conferences will be organised to stimulate cooperation and dialogue. The sustainability and long-term impact of MERGE is ensured by enhanced institutional capacity and engaging non-consortium partners.

The kick-off meeting of the MERGE project took place on June 17-18, 2020, and was organised by Agora Institute and the University of Genoa, the project coordinator. The meeting gathered all consortium partners (University of Genoa, Agora Institute, Lucian Blaga din Sibiu University, Anna University, BAMU University, Mid – Westerns University, Tribhuvan University, Kabul University, and Nangarhar University), and focused on the exchange of information and experiences about internationalisation practices at the partner Higher Education Institutions.

 

 

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