The discussion of this issue started a year ago, when the program “Internationalization Network” funded by the Visegrad Fund, kicked off. Its purpose is to improve the level of the internationalization of higher education institutions in the non-EU member states and to train professionals who directly conduct the process.
During the last year training programs were conducted with the participation of all partner countries, including 3 Armenian universities (YSU, ASAU and ASEU). The specialists, who have passed the training, returned to their universities and used the skills gained to train the low and mid-level staff of their universities.
The final conference kicked off today, where European experts tried to answer the most important question - how to promote the internationalization in the conditions of the limited financial resources.
“The University has also conducted such training, which included a fairly large audience of 400-500 people. As a result of training a lot of problems emerged. They are related to the incomplete infrastructure (e.g. dormitories), with a lack of incentive mechanisms, etc. The employees simply are not interested in the internationalization processes,” - said the Deputy Head of the Division of Grants of YSU International Cooperation Office Mariam Yeghyan.
In addition to Armenia, the partner sides are Georgia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. The process of the internationalization of the HEI includes branding and ranking, dual diplomas and joint master’s programs. The participants were mostly working in these directions.
“If there is funding, it is not difficult to use it, but there are many countries like our one that do not have sufficient resources. Our partners want to provide us with the methods to motivate tutors to get involved in the internationalization processes,” - adds Mariam Yeghyan.
During the two-day conference presentations will be made, discussions will be organized, after which the reports in brief versions will be posted on the websites of the program, as well as the partner universities.