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THE MONITORING OF TEMPUS+ MAHATMA AMD ARARAT PROJECTS AT GORIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Lana Karlova, Programme Coordinator, Edith Soghomonyan and AniTorosyan, Programme Officers from NationlErasmus+Office in Armenia and A. Papoyan, Deputy Head of Development Programs and Monitoring Department, RA Ministry of Education and Science, as well as S. Karabekyan, Education Expert were at GSU on June 7-8.

The monitoring of Tempus+MAHATMAamd ARARAT projects which was carried out by Lana Karlova, Programme Coordinator, Edith Soghomonyan and AniTorosyan, Programme Officers from NationlErasmus+Office in Armenia, took place on June 7.

The rector of GSU A. Ghukasyan, the staff of the Center for International Cooperation and Projects, the members of MAHATMA and ARARAT working groups as well as the representatives of the academic and administrative staff from GSU were present at the monitoring meeting.

The rector of GSU A. Ghukasyan welcomed the participants of the event and represented the tangible results, sustainability and possibilities of further cooperation in the frames of MAHATMA and ARARAT projects which had been implemented since 2012 at GSU. He particularly mentioned that the main outcome of MAHATMA had been the introduction and sustainable implementation of Master Academic Program of Education Management at GSU. Most of the graduates with this specialty work in the respective professional field. The curriculum and the academic programs had regularly been overviewed and updated. The rector also emphasized that the main guarantee to ensure the sustainability of the project was the cooperation between the partner universities of the project and the International Association for Educationalists would highly contribute to it.

As for the implementation of ARARAT project the rector spoke about it by mentioning that the tangible outcome of the project could be considered the capacities and skills of the academic and administrative staff gained in the result of trainings, University-Enterprise cooperation and the collection and creation of the data about the graduates. Even though the project is over the data are continually updated and the frames of cooperation are being expanded.

The Programme Coordinator of the National Erasmus+OfficeL.Karlova welcomed the participants and spoke about the projects by stressing the development and reforms in the educational institutions and systems, the creation of academic programs, the improvement of the management of HEIs as well as the effectiveness of the work implemented to ensure the consolidation of the links between the society and Higher Education in the frameworks of the implementation of the projects. She also referred to the students’ mobility at GSU and met some students who had taken part in the mobility as well as some graduates of Education Management.

The guests also had discussion about the mutual visits, trainings, exchange of best practices and registered outcomes in the frameworks of the projects with the members of the working groups of MAHATMA and ARARAT from GSU.

At the end of the first working day the guests visited the classrooms equipped with necessary information technologies in the result of the project to see and make sure to what extent the equipment purchased in the frame of the projects contribute to the education process and the sustainability of the projects.

On June 8, the experts of Higher Education Reforms held a seminar-meetingconcerning the creation and management of strategic plans for the regional HEIs of RA. The seminar was led by A. Papoyan, Deputy Head of Development Programs and Monitoring Department, RA Ministry of Education and Science, as well as S. Karabekyan, Education Expert who referred to the challenges connected with the HEIs, the consonant strategic steps, the purposefulness of internal self-analysis as well as the proper planning and design of the strategic plan for GSU.The discussions revealed the strengths and weaknesses of GSU, the main issues and the important strategic steps that should be taken in order to motivate the students’ mobility, the professional recruitment of the academic staff, the cooperation between the HEIs, the proper application of the resources, the implementation of professions meeting the requirements of the market, the inflow of the entrants and the progressive development of the university.

By summarizing the seminar the experts expressed their gratitude for the cooperation and willingness to meet again to discuss the new regulations for the development of GSU which would make true the vision of the university.

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TEMPUS MAHATMA PROJECT FINAL CONFERENCE

TEMPUS MAHATMA Project Final Conference was held at the Armenian State Pedagogical University after KhachaturAbovyan on the 30th of September, 2016.
Consortium partners from Georgia, UK, Italy, Germany, France and Czech Republic met again to present the achievements, tangible outcomes,good practice used in the project and further plans within the project’s 4-year implementation.

MAHATMA is a multi-country joint projectwhich aims at promoting reforms of higher education in Armenia and Georgia. 8 Master Programs were developed at partner institutions of Armenia and Georgia with the support of 6 European institutions and organizations. Master programs introduce new teaching and learning methods, student assessment approaches. Capacity building was conducted among academic and administrative staff, student mobility to European Partner HEIs as well as exchange of students were organized in the frameworks of the project.

The International Association for Educationwhich was established to promote the effective cooperation between the stakeholders, was also presented during the conference.
Representatives from GSU,which is a partner of the project, were also participating in the conference: H. Petrosyan/Head of the Chair of Psychology and Pedagogics/, N. Safaryan/ Project trainer/, S. Hairapetyan/Person in charge for ICQA/, T. Ohanyan/Assistant at ICQA/, as well as the students of Education Management Master course A. Minasyan and A. Mkrtchyan.

Attached see Master Academ Programme of Education Management implemented at GSU pdf_Icon

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FINAL GOVERNING BOARD AND INTAEGB MEETING AT BATH SPA UNIVERSITY, UK

A FINAL Governing Board andIntAE GB MEETING within the frameworks of TEMPUS Mahatma project took place at Bath SPA University,UK, on 03-06 July,2016.Mahatma and IntAE GB members participated in the event. Rector A. Ghukasyan, and Project trainer N. Safaryan were representatives from GSU at the meeting.
The aim of the event was:
– to sum up the activities conducted and left within MAHATMA project before the final conference in Yerevan
– to discuss the developments of the publications and set the final dates
– to discuss the financial and technical issues within the project
– to agree on the agenda and logistics for the final conference in Yerevan
– to discuss the IntAE upcoming activities, Journal developments during the II GB meeting:
Each of the lead partners was asked to prepare a brief presentation on the current status of the WP and focus on the activities to be conducted by the closure of the project if the WP was not completed.

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TEMPUS MONITORING VISIT AND ERASMUS+ INFORMATION SESSION IN GORIS STATE UNIVERSITY

On May 26-27, 2016 National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia (NEO-AM) staff Lana Karlova and Edith Soghomonyan had a monitoring visit and anErasmus+ Information Session atGoris State University.
GSU management, the representatives of the academic and administrative staff as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations and employers from Syunik region were present at both the events.
The purpose of the monitoring visit was to discuss the current state, development and sustainability of the past 3 Tempus (ARARAT, Cap4Com and MAHATMA) and 2 new ongoing Erasmus+ (LNSS and HERITAG) projects in which Goris State University is a partner institution. The meeting was also an occasion to present the results achieved within the years of the project cooperation.
On the following day, May 27, Erasmus+ Information Session was organised in order to inform the local beneficiaries about the Erasmus+ Programme, in particular about the Erasmus+ Call for Proposals to be launched in October 2016 and on several actions relevant to the international dimension of Higher Education: Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE), International Credit Mobility and Jean Monnet Activities.

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FIRST INTAE AND DISSEMINATION CONFERENCE, IBSU TBILISI

The first IntAE (International Association for Education) meeting was held to gather the Governing Board members of the Association to agree upon the IntAE core documents and finalize the activities related to its and International Journal operationalization. The event is scheduled at IBSU, Tbilisi, Georgia on 3rd of May 2016.
On the following day, May 4, a dissemination conference took place at the same university whichenabled the project partners and stakeholders to have an overview of the project achievements and its impact on the partner activities.
Vice-rector at GSU Z. Grigoryan and Project trainer N. Safaryan were participating in both the events.

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CBE EVENT AT ASPU

A Capacity Building Event(CBE)within MAHATMA project was conducted in GEORGIA and ARMENIA on March 17-18,2016.The event This is the fourth and the last training organized which will help the faculty members to revise their academic programs along with the recommendations from the QA Agencies and taking into consideration the topics to be delivered by EU partners. The topics were identified during the last coordination meeting and agreed with the consortium.
Nine representatives from GSU were participating in the training: Z. Grigoryan/ Vice rector at GSU/,
H. Petrosyan/Head of the Chair of Psychology and Pedagogics/, N. Safaryan/ Project trainer/, S. Hairapetyan/Person in charge for ICQA/, T. Ohanyan/Assistant at ICQA/, G. Stepanyan/ Lecturer at the Chair of History/, G. Minasyan/Head of the Chair of Economics/as well as the students H. Babayan/Economics/, and A.Nahapetyan/Education management/.
The training were delivered by Milan Pol, MU,George Dafoulas,MDX and covered the following topics:
– Monitoring and involvement of students in research process
– Information technologies in educational management
– How to promote the sustainability of the programme and the international mobility of students and teaching staff after the end of the project
– Professional ethics (How to deal with students) etc.

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Goris State University is a partner University of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project.

Partners of the LNSS Project are:

  • Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (PAARA) – Armenia
  • Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences- Armenia
  • Goris State University-Armenia
  • Limerick Institute of Technology – Ireland
  • University of Crete – Greece
  • The Pyramid Group – Germany
  • Transilvania University of Brasov – Romania
  • Academy of Public Administration of Moldova
  • Alecu Russo Balti State University – Moldova
  • Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus
  • Belarusian State University- Belarus
  • Brest State Technical University- Belarus
  • Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno- Belarus

Associate Partners are:

  • Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia- Armenia
  • REM. Moldova Library Consortium-Moldova
  • National Library of Belarus-Belarus

Training 1

English for specific purposes

In the frameworks of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project a training “English for specific needs”
was held for the library, faculty and administrative staff of GSU. The trainings were conducted by the representatives of the project, EU trainers professor Gerard Cullen and Sabrina Hutter/The Pyramid Group/.
In order to organize the training more efficiently the trainees were split into two groups according to their level of English: beginners and intermediate to advanced.
The beginners’ group first took a test which revealed their level of English. Afterwards the trainer Sabrina Hutter helped the trainees to improve their English through a range of grammatical and vocabulary exercises and tasks by using effective methods of teaching.
The trainer of the intermediate-advanced group Gerard Cullen introduced the technique of CV writing, public speaking and presentation making through various presentations. The trainees applied and practiced the gained knowledge and skills by writing their own CVs and creating presentations on various topics and representing them.
At the end of the two-day training session the participants were awarded certificates.

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Training 2

In the frameworks of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project a two-day training “English for specific needs” was held for the library, faculty and administrative staff on June 21-22 at GSU . This was the second round of trainings which were conducted by the representatives of the project Professor Angela Repanovici (Transilvania University of Brasov) and Dr. Manolis Koukourakis (Library Director, University of Crete).
The rector of GSU, Professor A. Ghukasyan welcomed the participants of the training and mentioned the importance of the project in the process of effective organization and quality assurance of education. He particularly noted: ‘’It is impossible to imagine modern universities without rich library funds, comfortable reading rooms, educational and methodical electronic resources, inter-library information system and an adequate level of library service.
Taking into account the professional skills of the trainers we hope that the trainees will gain a lot from the training to direct their professional activities properly. We are sure that the efficiency and sustainability of the project will give a desired result.’’
In general, the training consists of 8 modules the first two of which were represented during the previous training in May.
The six modules represented at the second training are related to the following topics:

  • Library and library staff management
  • Communication, time management and presentation making skills for library and academic staff
  • Information literacy and research skills
  • Innovative online library services corresponding to the standards of the libraries of the 21st century
  • Electronic library
  • Access to the library for learners with special needs
  • Improvement policy directed to the enrichment of the library databass
  • Effective use of information resources
  • Copyright and plagiarism issues
  • Using Bibliographic software for your referencing and research
  • Becoming a Subject Liaison Librarian: skills for collaborating with Academic staff

The interactive methods used during the trainings contributed to the formation of information and practical skills among the trainees as well as enriching their professional knowledge. The participants of the training expressed their gratitude and willingness to participate in the upcoming trainings organized in the frameworks of the project.
At the end of the training the participants were awarded certificates. Afterwards the training was summarized by a round table discussion with the rector of GSU.

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In the frameworks of Erasmus+LNSS project action plan the main trainings for curricula development were held at Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland) from 22 August to 2 September, 2016,
The representatives of the LNSS project consortium members from 9 educational institutions: librarians and professors from Armenia, Belarus and Moldova attended the trainings of the development of eight training modules for librarians.
Naira Safaryan (project coordinator) and Alina Ghazaryan (librarian)from GSU participated in the trainings.
The training was carried out under the supervision and with the consultation of the EU trainers and library experts Jerald Cavanagh, Padraig Kirby from Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland), Gerard Cullen from the Pyramid Group (Germany), Angela Repanovici from Transylvania University (Romania) and Manolis Koukourakis from Crete University (Greece).
The representatives of the nine consortium member universities designed and presented the strengths and weaknesses (SWOT analysis) of the university libraries of the three countries, as well as developed the drafts of the eight training modules for librarians with the support of the European partners.
Another important activity was to develop and represent the draft version of the National Awareness Days which are anticipated to be organized in Armenia, Moldova and Belorus in 2017.
The participants of the trainings also visited the Public Library of Limerick, the library of LIT and Glucksman Library at Limerick University.

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The pilot training of Module 1

In the frameworks of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project a pilot training “English for specific needs” was launched at GSU. The training was designed and held for the library, faculty and administrative staff of GSU as well as for some representatives of the community librarians.Dr Angela Repanovici (Transylvania University of Brasov, Romania) and Dr Manolis Koukourakis (University of Crete, Greece) were also present at the training. This was their second project monitoring activity at GSU. They greeted the participants of the training and expressed their satisfaction byseeingand appreciating good results of the implemented work in the framework of the project.
The guests and participants were welcomed by the rector of GSU Mr. Ghukasyan who highly appreciated the tangible results of the project and work directed to the modernization of libraries. He stressed the importance of including the community librarians in in the project.
The coordinator of the project at GSU Naira Safaryan also welcomed the guests and the participants of the training and represented a report and presentation about the implementation and results of the work at GSU. She also represented the general description and objectives of Module 1(English for Specific Purposes: Libraries, library terminology, library access).
The chief librarian of GSU library Nuard Shalunts spoke about the GSU library, the newly renovated reading room and the participation of the librarians in the project.
A student from the Faculty of History Astghik Isakhanyan made an interesting presentation about modern libraries and the importance of E-libraries.
The first lesson of Module 1 was taught by the trainer Hasmik Mirzoyan.

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The pilot training of Module 1 (English for Specific Purposes: Libraries, library terminology, library access) in the frameworks of Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernising libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” project, which was launched on November 28, 2016, came to an end.
The representatives of GSU library, academic and administrative staff were participating in the last training.
The trainers N. Safaryan and H. Mirzoyan assigned the trainees various oral and written tasks to summarize the training and to test the participants knowledge.
The trainees also filled in a special student’s evaluation form and were awarded certificates.
At the end of the training the participants expressed their gratitude to the trainers for the effective course and wished that similar trainings would have a continuous character.

A workshop-meeting in Dresden in the frames of LNSS Project

On March 1-3, 2017, TU Dresden (one of the leading universities in Germany and the largest one in Saxony) hosted the representatives of consortium member universities from EU, Armenia, Moldova and Belarus in a workshop-meeting dedicated to the annual reports of the activities in the framework of the Project during the first year of its implementation.
The project coordinator Naira Safaryan and the trainer HasmikMirzoyan from GSU participated in the meeting.
The Project coordinator T. Khechoyan delivered a general report on the Project activities.
The representative-members of the Consortium from nine universities of three Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Moldova and Belarus) and four universities of European Union (Ireland, Germany, Romania and Greece) made reports on their activities since the beginning of the project and presented their drafts of National Library Awareness Day.
The workshop took place together with the representatives of the consortium of a similar LNSS project implemented in Western Balkans. It provided an opportunity to draw parallels between the activities of LNSS projects of the two regions and exchange their experience and skills.
The participants also visited Saxon State and University Library, Dresden (SLUB). Along with its collection of about nine million pieces, it also comprises the largest public archive in Germany and a museum of ancient manuscripts.

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The presentations and discussions of the activities implemented in the frameworks of Erasmus+ LNSS (Library Network Support Services: modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services) and HERITAG (Education interdisciplinary Reform in Tourism management and Applied Geoinformation curricula) projects took place at the conference hall of GSU, on April 11, 2017. The rector of GSU, representatives of the academic and administrative staff as well as guests from the town hall and local NGOs were present at the event.

The coordinator of LNSS at GSU N. Safaryan delivered a report on LNSS project objectives, the activities implemented in the frames of WPs, trainings, SWOT analysis, Module 1(English For Specific Purposes: Library Context, Libraries, library terminology, terminology around library access), the piloting of the module and its results, the newly renovated and equipped library reading hall(as co-funding in the project), the preparation work for the National Awareness Day and future activities.

The coordinator of HERITAG project at GSU H.Babayan made a presentation about the mutual visits and cooperation results of the partner countries, the survey at the beginning of the project, the involvement of the stakeholders and the activities of the members of GSU working group.

As a key member of the project working group G. Minasyan spoke referring to the objectives of the project, the future master specialty, the clarification of the course materials and subjects and the planned actions for the creation of a GIS lab at GSU.

The reports and presentations were followed by active discussions and questions concerning the strategic plans, objectives and expected outcomes of LNSS project, the creation and digitization of E-library, the threats revealed in the result of SWOT analysis, the market demand of the future GIS specialists in general and particularly in the region, the issue of the awareness of the students and stakeholders, the creation of the Advisory Board and involvement of new members in the projects.

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EVENTS DEVOTED TO LIBRARY AWARENESS DAY AT GSU

A range of events devoted to Library National Awareness Day under the slogan “A gateway to knowledge” was held on May 3, 2017, at Goris State University in the frameworks of Erasmus+Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services Project.

The participants of the event were welcomed by the rector of GSU A. Ghukasyan who emphasized the purpose of the day, the role and importance of the awareness for the best organization of the library work.

The coordinator of the project at GSU N. Safaryan delivered a report about the objectives, the implementation of the work packages, the trainings and workshops within the project, its tangible results, the measures undertaken aiming at the modernization of the library as well as the Library National Awareness Day.

The chief librarian of the library N. Shalunts made a presentation about the involvement of the GSU library in the project, the mutual meetings, discussions, trainings and the exchange of best practices among the consortium member university libraries and librarians of the project, the newly reconstructed reading hall as well as the preparation work for the digitization process at GSU library.

The secretary of the Students’ Scientific Association, a four-year student of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences S. Alaverdyanmade an impressive informative presentation about the most beautiful and unique libraries of the world and her perception of the libraries in general.

The first part of the event wassummarized by active discussions, exchange of opinions and useful suggestions by the representatives of GSU academic and administrative stuff, town municipality, community librariesand Media.

The second part of the event took place at the GSU library reading hall where the participants students welcomed the guests and made a literary-cultural presentation about ancient libraries and the first printed Armenian books as well as the life and works of the great Armenian poet Hovhannes Shiraz.

This was followed by a flash-mob event initiated and organized by the students. The purpose of the flash-mob was to inform the community about the Library Awareness Day.

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QA TRAINING WEEK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CRETE, RETHYMNO

In the frameworks of the Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” Project Quality Assurance training was held at the University of Crete, Rethymno, on September 24-30, 2017. EU experts and the representatives from the project partner institutions were participating in the training.
The event took place at the library building of UOC. The project coordinator TerezaKhechoyandelivered a welcome speech and made a presentation on the course, activities, overall progress and tangible outcomes of the project so far by stressing the success in developing the eight modules and their piloting at the partner institutions, the successful organization and implementation of the NADs in the partner countries, as well as the trainings and the impressive numbers of the trained staff.
The trainings covered the following topics:
• Quality Management and Quality Assurance
• EU Quality standards and Quality Assurance for managing EU funded projects
• EU Quality standards and QA for Higher Education.
• EU Quality standards and QA for Public Sector Institutions
• Risk management
• English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI).
EU Quality standards and QA for Higher EducationManolisKoukourakis (UOC) represented ManolisKoukourakis (UOC) and Liliana Rogozeva (Vice rector at the University of Transylvania) represented the QA related activities and implementation processes in their respective HEIs.
ManolisKoukourakis(UOC) , Angela Repanovici(University of Transylvania) presented their SWOT analyses of the NAD in Armenia and Gerry Cullen(TPG) presented that of Moldova and made their remarks and gave recommendations.
During the training week, each PC partner institution represented the activities and impact of the National Awareness Days.
After the QA trainings, the partners were assigned to review, update and choose another module for the second piloting according to their priorities and needsThe terms and schedules were discussed and it was decided that the second piloting should start in November and finish by December 10.
Gerry Cullen (The Pyramid Group) suggested that the modules be integratedinto the university’s curricula, library and administrative staff recruitment trainings etc. He also made a presentation “English as a Medium of Instruction” As more universities use English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI), the need for structural changes, different methodologies is becoming more urgent. Gerry Cullen spoke about their experience at TU Dresden and the challenges and ways of overcoming them. He emphasized the importance of the introduction and implementation of ESP courses in various academic programs as well as staff recruitment and training programs at any academic institution in order to be responsive to the dynamic changes in the competitive global higher education market
For the purpose of experience exchange, the participants of the trainingwere invited to take a tour at UOK library and the newly constructed Central Public Library of Rethymno. They were introduced to theOpen access, Reference, Short loan and Close accesscollections, the archives, the preservation departments, the European documentation centre, as well as the museum of the library. The collection of rare books, which deal with Greek history and civilization and the wide collection of periodicals were especially impressive.
The participants were awarded certificates of participation in QA trainings.

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Erasmus+ Information Days at Goris State University

On October 26-27, 2017,Erasmus+ Information Days were held atGoris State University.
Rector of GSU A. Ghukasyan, National Erasmus+Programme CoordinatorLana Karlova, Programme officers Edith Soghomonyan and AniTorosyan, as well as Expert in European Studies and HE Kristine Gevorgyan were present at the two-day event.On the first day of the events Lana Karlova announced about the publishment of Erasmus+ NEW Call for Proposals and represented about the applications and proposals for K2, 2018 /Capacity Building Projects/based on the national and regional priorities.
The second session of the day related to the two ongoing projects at GSU; Erasmus+ “Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services” and HERITAG (Education interdisciplinary Reform in Tourism management and Applied Geoinformation curricula), their implementation, problems, progress, the current course of the digitization and expansion of the library and the creation of a geoinformation laboratory at GSU.
On the second day of theevent Expert in European Studies and HE Kristine Gevorgyan made a presentation on the steps of applying for Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Actions and represented the experience of YSU in it.
Erasmus+Programme officer AniTorosyan represented the opportunities of the International Credit Mobility for both the academic staff and the students (including Traineeships as a novelty).
During the second session Erasmus+Programme officer Edith Soghomonyan made a detailed presentation about Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) for the students of GSU. She spoke about the application procedure and some statistics on the Armenian students’ participation in this project.

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Higher Education interdisciplinary Reform in Tourism management and Applied Geoinformation curricula

Georgia, Tbilisi

Two training courses of ‘‘Basic GIS for Economics and Tourism’’ in the framework of Erasmus+ HERITAG project were held in Tbilisi on April 23-30 and June 18- 25, 2016. Two participants from GSU, Gurgen Minasyan, Head of the Chair of Economics and Hayk Martirosyan, Lecturer at the Chair of Electronics took part in the trainings.
The international project Erasmus +HERITAG (Education interdisciplinary Reform in Tourism management and Applied Geo-Information curricula) has partners from four European countries (Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece) and several universities and tourism organizations from Georgia and Armenia such as Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE), National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA), Goris State University (GSU), Center for Education Reform Armenia and Union of Incoming Tour Operators of Armenia (UITO).
The GIS training courses were held in two stages which were mainly oriented on GIS maps, pinning down geographic data, symbolizing quantitative data, analyzing spatial relationships, making map layout, editing and analyzing GIS data, as well as solving GIS related problems.
During the trainings the Georgian experts delivered theoretical lectures and introduced the participants the GIS application process right on the spot, in different districts of Tbilisi.
The project aims at the development of tourism business and the introduction of the GIS technology into the education process.
Eventually the GSU participants of the GIS trainings will apply the knowledge and experience gained at the trainings at our university particularly in the new Master program “Tourism Management” and at the GIS laboratory at GSU.

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Spain, Valencia

On October 30 to November20, 2016 the training “Tourism Entrepreneurship” within the framework of ERASMUS + HERITAG project was held in Valencia, Spain.
Two participants from GSU Hayk Babayan, specialist at the Department of International Cooperation and Quality Assurance and HERITAG project Coordinator and Gurgen Minasyan, Head at the Chair of Economics participated in the trainings.
The project aims at the development of tourism business and the introduction of the GIS technology into the education process. The program of the training “Tourism Entrepreneurship” included:
• Introduction to the Start Up School of Valencia Polytechnic University
• lectures on enterprises and business models,
• group workshops of the creation and presentation of business plans.
A site visit to the Start Up Center of Valencia Polytechnic University was organized on the last day of the trainings.

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Armenia, Goris

On December 16 in Goris State University were invited HERITAG (Education Interdisciplinary Reforms in Tourism management and Applied Geoinformation ) education program coordinator professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia Luis Angel Ruiz Fernandez and HERITAG program coordinator in Armenia professor at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia Varazdat Hovhannisyan. The meeting were attended GSU Rector Artush Ghukasyan, HERITAG Coordinator at GSU Hayk Babayan, lecturers, HERITAG program stakeholders, students and other guests. In his welcome speech GSU Rector A. Ghukasyan expressed his willingness to support program implementation. Greatly impressed by his first visit to GSU, Luis Angel Ruiz Fernandez briefly presented HERITAG educational program, the purpose of their visit and answered questions of the attendees. After the presentation was organized project management meeting, during the meeting was presented the main objectives and activities of the program, general management issues also financial and technical issues were discussed.

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MONITORING OF ERASMUS+ HERITAG PROJECT IN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION OF ARMENIA

A monitoring meeting of ERASMUS+ HERITAG project was held at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia on February 28, 2017. Head of the National “Erasmus+” Office in Armenia, Ms Lana Karlova and the Armenian coordinators of the partner universities of the project were present at the monitoring event. A. Ghukasyan, rector of GSU, H. Babayan, specialist at the Department of Quality Assurance and international Cooperation and local coordinator of Heritag project, R. Taptughyan, chief accountant at GSU and G. Minasyan, head of the Chair of Economics of GSU participated in the monitoring visit as well.
The coordinator of ERASMUS+ HERITAG project in Armenia V. Hovhannisyan welcomed the participants and spoke about the work implemented, mutual visits and future activities in the framework of the project as well as some financial and technical issues relating to the project.
Erasmus+Heritag project coordinator at GSU H.Babayan delivered a report about the work implemented and future activities in the framework of the project.
The participants of the meeting discussed general and specific activities and summarized the list of upcoming activities

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RIMINI, ITALY

The trainings in the framework of Erasmus+HERITAG planned by UNIBO were held in Rimini (near Bologna), Italy, on 20-31 March, 2017. The representatives from the Armenian and Georgian partner institutions were participating in the trainings. H. Babayan, specialist at the Department of Quality Assurance and international Cooperation and local coordinator of Heritag project, R. Taptughyan, chief accountant at GSU and G. Minasyan, head of the Chair of Economics of GSU participated in the trainings.
The course of the trainings covered the following topics;
Creative industries and tourism
Economics of Tourism
Cultural Economics
Big data in Tourism
Culture and tourism for local sustainable development
Human resource management and Organization of Tourism Enterprises
Web reputation and performance measurement systems in the tourism industry.
During the training weeks the participants visited Innovation Square and Start-Up Centre in Rimini.

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A project partner meeting in the framework of Erasmus+HERITAG project was held in Rimini, Italy, on 23-24 March, 2017. The representatives of the partner member institutions from Armenia, Georgia, Spain, Greece and Italy were present at the meeting.
A. Ghukasyan, rector of GSU, N. Safaryan, person in charge of International cooperation and projects and H. Babayan, specialist at the Department of Quality Assurance and international Cooperation and local coordinator of HERITAG project from GSU were participating in the meeting.
The curricula designed by the respective universities, the advisory board and its membership, the results of the survey carried out among the stakeholders and students, the upcoming activity plans as well as some financial and technical issues were represented and discussed during the two-day session of the meeting.

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EVENTS DEVOTED TO LIBRARY AWARENESS DAY AT GSU

A range of events devoted to Library National Awareness Day under the slogan “A gateway to knowledge” was held on May 3, 2017, at Goris State University in the frameworks of Erasmus+Library Network Support Services (LNSS): modernizing libraries in Armenia, Moldova and Belarus through library staff development and reforming library services Project.

The participants of the event were welcomed by the rector of GSU A. Ghukasyan who emphasized the purpose of the day, the role and importance of the awareness for the best organization of the library work.

The coordinator of the project at GSU N. Safaryan delivered a report about the objectives, the implementation of the work packages, the trainings and workshops within the project, its tangible results, the measures undertaken aiming at the modernization of the library as well as the Library National Awareness Day.

The chief librarian of the library N. Shalunts made a presentation about the involvement of the GSU library in the project, the mutual meetings, discussions, trainings and the exchange of best practices among the consortium member university libraries and librarians of the project, the newly reconstructed reading hall as well as the preparation work for the digitization process at GSU library.

The secretary of the Students’ Scientific Association, a four-year student of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences S. Alaverdyanmade an impressive informative presentation about the most beautiful and unique libraries of the world and her perception of the libraries in general.

The first part of the event wassummarized by active discussions, exchange of opinions and useful suggestions by the representatives of GSU academic and administrative stuff, town municipality, community librariesand Media.

The second part of the event took place at the GSU library reading hall where the participants students welcomed the guests and made a literary-cultural presentation about ancient libraries and the first printed Armenian books as well as the life and works of the great Armenian poet Hovhannes Shiraz.

This was followed by a flash-mob event initiated and organized by the students. The purpose of the flash-mob was to inform the community about the Library Awareness Day.

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Workshop on Quality Assurance in Higher Education the fourth project management meeting in Batumi (Georgia)

A workshop on QA in Higher Education (September 26 – 28, 2017) and the fourth project management meeting (September 29) of HERITAG (HIGHER EDUCATION INTERDISCIPLINARY REFORM IN TOURISM MANAGEMENT AND APPLIED GEOINFORMATION CURRICULA) project was hold in Batumi (Georgia), at Shota Rustaveli Batumi State University (BSU).
The representatives of the project partner countries were participating in both the events.
The QA workshop included the following topics:
• Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area
• The Internal Quality Assurance system of UNIBO and the players involved
• Accreditation label in practice
• Curricular development focusing on competences and learning outcomes
• QA policy and practice in Armenia: ASUE case, past and perspectives
• Organization of Learning Outcome Based Education: Quality Assurance Practice at NUACA
• Quality enhancement at ISU
Each theoretical training was folowed by practical sessions, discussions and case studies.
The fourth project management meeting covered the following issues:
• Review of WPs, activities and mid-term report
• Advisory Boards and cooperation agreements
• Report on Analysis of needs and opportunities
• Equipment acquisition and installation. Opening labs
SERF will prepare a basic training course for GSU right after installation of computers and software. Opening ceremonies of the labs will be programmed together with other activities, such as labour days or external evaluation visits, so this will increase the dissemination impact.
• Curricula reform: Course contents (syllabus) and teaching materials, Continuing education modules
• External evaluation & National monitoring system
Three external experts will visit the partner institutions in January or February 2018 and elaborate a report to advise all partners in the execution of the remaining activities.
• Labour market/career days
University partners of both countries/Armenia and Georgia/ should inform about dates and format of labour/career days by November 1st, so lab opening ceremonies and other dissemination activities can be prepared during that day.
• Elaboration of QA plan
• Workshop on teaching methods
This workshop from WP-6 will be hosted by GSU at Goris during the week from 16 to 19 of May, 2018. Each EU partner will bring an expert in new teaching methods and the sessions will be completed with new teaching experiences or cases from PC universities
• Dissemination activities
• Calendar of activities 2018
• Financial aspects
• Conclusions and deadlines





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