HERAS supports MEST to develop regulation on functioning the NCP for H2020

Prishtina. On 13 March 2018, HERAS in cooperation with MEST organise a high-level conference on functionalization of the National Contact Persons (NCP) System in Kosovo. The event was opened by Mr. Shyqiri Bytyqi, Minister of Education, Science and Technology and Mr. Gernot Pfandler, Ambassador of Austria in Prishtina. During the event, the MEST officially launched the new Regulation on Definition and Functionalization of the Kosovo NCPs for the European Union Framework on Research and Innovation - HORIZON 2020, which was developed with the experts support of the HERAS project. 

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PROMIG Guest lecture „Migration and Sustainable Development” at Tbilisi State University

Tbilisi. On 10 March 2018, Louise Sperl (WUS AT) provided a guest lecture/workshop on migration and sustainable development at Tbilisi State University for students of the MA Programme on Migration Management. The lecture addressed concepts such as human and sustainable development, explored the nexus between sustainable development and migration and introduced tools to for measuring development – such as the Human Development Index (HDI) and Gender Inequality Index (GII). The lecture further introduced the Agenda 2030 & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the nexus between the SDGs and migration. In interactive working groups, students explored and discussed migration related targets of the SDGs in the specific context of Georgia. Furthermore, the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants as well as progress made in developing a Global Compact on Refugees as well as a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration were discussed.

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PATTERNS Lectures conference publication "Is teaching always political?" is published!

The final conference of PATTERNS Lectures 2016/17 took place in Vienna in November 2017 and dealt with the topic “Is teaching always political? New challenges in higher education”. The event brought together lecturers from different generations of PATTERNS Lectures, PATTERNS Lectures Advisors and selected guests who took part as speakers and moderators.

Selected contributions are now available in our conference publication which is published in March 2018!


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HERAS: Official Kick-Off of Advanced Programmatic Partnership Project held in Salzburg

Salzburg. From 28 February to 2 March, the HERAS team attended the kick-off event of the advanced Programmatic Partnership project “Industrial Collaboration in Product Design Education” that will be implemented between the University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (UASF) and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS). The event took place in Salzburg, Austria where the high-level visit from the UASF and SUAS discussed and where also working meetings between both institutions took place. 

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Graz. The project coordinator FH Joanneum organized the TOURIST kick-off meeting and the following study visit from February, 27 – March 2, 2018. During the kick-off meeting representatives of all partners from Austria, Finland, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam presented their respective organizations as well as their main responsibilities in this project...


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HERAS advanced curriculum development workshop

Ferizaj. On 27 February HERAS experts and team carried out a workshop at the University of Applied Sciences Ferizaj on the topic of “Advanced Curriculum Development”.

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SAVE project kick off meeting

Kaunas. The kick off meeting of the Erasmus+ project Sport Against Violence and Exclusion (SAVE) was hosted by the coordinating organisation Lithuanian Sports University beginning of February in Kaunas. The project will focus on strengthening of the prevention and fight against racism and violence among youth in sport clubs, specifically aiming towards grass root sports, amateur and recreational sport.


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InterCap project kick off meeting

On 18 and 19 of January the coordinator CARDET from Cyprus hosted the kick off meeting for the project InterCap: “Developing capacities together: European CSO-university networks for global learning on migration, security and sustainable development in an interdependent world.”

The overall objective of the project is to enhance critical understanding of migration and sustainable development, in the context of SDGs, amongst those in teacher education, in order to increase comprehension of the relationship between the interdependent world, (in)-security and risk. 

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Launching of the research study on “Mainstreaming human rights into curriculum development”

Prishtina. The research study has been published with HERAS support whereas drafted by Mr. Besnik Loxha, Academic Development Office within University of Prishtina. According to the author of the study, Mr. Loxha, the purpose of this research is first to present the status quo of the inclusion of human rights in the curricula as a theoretical and fundamental aspect of advocacy and awareness raising of society on this issue and secondly, to present a factual and realistic situation how much the institution addresses human rights issues.

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HERAS project invited public universities in Kosovo to workshop on design thinking in Prishtina

Prishtina. On 5 and 6 December 2017, HERAS invited Wonderwerk from Vienna (https://www.wonderwerk.at/en/) to conduct a one day and a half workshop on understanding students‘ needs with the design thinking method with academic staff of public universities.  The public universities in Kosovo aim to position themselves as modern higher education institutions, providing their students not only with state-of-the-art knowledge, but also didactics. For this reason, professors and assistants from the public universities in Kosovo were brought together to experience a set of measures/methodologies in order to make higher education in Kosovo more student centered. During this workshop, participants got to know the design thinking approach and several design thinking tools which can be helpful for teaching staff in creating and successfully applying student-oriented learning methods.

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