IDEATE presented in Georgia
In their final meeting and conference (3.–5. November 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia), the IDEATE project was presented by Vesa Hautala (University of Turku—a partner in the IDEATE project) to two Erasmus Mundus projects—Mobilities for Innovation and Development (MID) and Whole Europe Beyond Boarders (WEBB). There were 36 project partners present who represented universities in both the European Union and the South-Eastern Europe.
In general, the modernisation of high education is a topic that is also a key concern of the universities in the South-Eastern Europe. However, the universities of the area cannot be seen as one group, because the modernisation process has been proceeding at a different pace in different countries.
“The management of the universities should support the implementation of new teaching methods by maintaining the pedagogical skills of the faculty and also by spurring the faculty to use new approaches to teaching. The role of the management is essential in the modernisation of high education,” says Vesa Hautala from University of Turku—a partner in the IDEATE project.
The IDEATE project and the IDEATE study module concept woke interest by all parties in the conference due to the implementation of the entrepreneurial pedagogics in a multidisciplinary context. Initiatives like IDEATE could trigger the implementation of learner-centric and entrepreneurial teaching methods. The multidisciplinarity of IDEATE make the concept and the teaching methods employed applicable to any study programme.
Mobilities for Innovation and Development (MID) is an Erasmus Mundus Programme funded with the support of the European Commission. It aims to enhance international cooperation in the field of higher education by awarding scholarships for students, researchers and university staff in partner universities. The programme provides opportunities for academic studies, research and professional development in another partner country. The citizens of EU countries can visit Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia. The citizens of Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, on the other hand, are given the opportunity to visit partner universities in Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
Whole Europe Beyond Boarders (WEBB) is an Erasmus Mundus project, which offers scholarships for students, researchers and university staff to study, research, work or teach abroad in one of the partner Universities in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, UK, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
By Vesa Hautala