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PICASA: Promoting Internationalization of HEIs in Eastern Neighborhood Countries through Cultural and Structural Adaptations

Target area: Higher Education Development
Sub-target area: Internationalization
Target countries: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine
Target groups: Higher Education Institutions
Duration: 01/12/2013 - 30/11/2016

- Yerevan State University
- Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven (Leuven University College)

- Centro Studi ed Iniziative Europeo Trappeto
- Roehampton University London
- University of Genoa
- Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts
- Gavar State University
- State Engineering University of Armenia
- National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Yerevan
- Ministry of Education and Science Yerevan
- Ilia State University Tbilisi
- Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
- Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi
- Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
- Ministry of Еducation in Georgia
- Yuriy Fedkovich Chernivtsi National University
- Odessa National Polytechnic University
- National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine
- Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
- Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
- Belorussia State University
- Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
- Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronic
- Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus


Budget line: TEMPUS IV


Project Description

The wider objective is to promote recognition of Eastern Neighboring Area HE systems- Armenian, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine - through development and integration of internationalization dimensions into structural and cultural components of HEIs management.
The specific objectives target
•Integration of international dimension into the teaching, learning and research functions of HEIs through developing and implementing respective policies and procedures;
•Development of internationalization elements for operationalization of curricula, scholar and student exchange and technical cooperation of the HEIs;
•Identification and development of new skills, attitudes and knowledge in students, faculty and staff;  
•Promotion of ethos and culture that values and supports intercultural and international perspectives, initiatives and their quality assurance (MINT approach).
The principle outcomes and outputs include:
•Trained staff and revised functions of IROs that become building blocks of the ethos and culture supporting international perspectives
•HEI-wide policies and procedures for internalization
•Software for the database necessary for internationalization
•Academic programmes with internationalization dimensions
•Approaches to research internationalization: scholarly collaboration, study abroad, student and staff mobility
•New approaches to curricula internationalization
•Quality assurance of  internationalization (the MINT approach)
The choice of PCs will allow deeper understanding of the needs of developing systems and customization to specific country and HEIs priorities. The EU partners – CESIE, WUS, KHL, RU, USGIT – bring in their wealth of experience in internationalization.

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Contact persons

Nitsche Veronika - Graz Office

Rottensteiner Maria - Graz Office