After a three-year implementation of the TEMPUS Project E3M "Evaluation of Quality of Cooperation in Education Ecosystem as a Mechanism for Building Professional Competencies", on November 7 - 11, 2016 Nizhnevartovsk State University hosted the Final International Conference “Applying European Practices of Engaging Employers in Educational Activities of Russian Higher Education Institution”. The main purpose of the Conference was to enable transfer of experience and knowledge from EU in terms of university-employer cooperation as well as to allow its participants to sum up and discuss the results of a three year long project, present results of the implemented activities including the tool kit of recommendations, monograph, cooperation strategies and university roadmaps, new forms of collaboration developed, results of benchmarking visits to the EU partner universities, which took place in December 2014 and May 2015.
The Conference gathered all project consortium partners: JAMK University of applied sciences (Finland), University of Girona (Spain), Carinthia University of applied sciences (Austria), University College Artesis-Plantjiin (Belgium), Nizhnevartovsk State University (Russia), Voronezh State University (Russia), Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (Russia), Academy of Labour and Social Relations (Russia) and representatives from non-academic project partners: Agency of educational strategies and initiatives "Bologna Club" (Russia), Jyvaskyla regional department company Jykes Ltd (Finland), SPACE Network (Belgium) as well as policy makers, business leaders, representatives of working-life organizations, teachers and students.
The official opening of the Conference took place on November 7th and it started with the welcome remarks from Vasily Tikhonov, Mayor of Nizhnevartovsk, Anatoly Karpov, President of NVSU, and Denis Pogonyshev, Vice-Rector for Licensing and International Relations. The plenary session included a presentations by Olga Oleynikova, Director of the National Erasmus+ Office in Russia, where she talked about the impact of the TEMPUS program on Russian Higher Education and a presentation "Bologna process in Russia" delivered by Irina Maevskaya, Dean of International Faculty at Don State Technical University. The session concluded with a presentation by Heikki Pusa, Project Manager From JAMK University of Applied Sciences, who introduced an overview of E3M project, it's main objectives and outcomes.
The first panel session titled “Analysis of the present situation in cooperation between HEIs and working-life partners” was moderated by Voronezh State University and JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Elina Shishkina, Associate Professor at VSU Department of Mathematics and Applied Analysis alongside Sirpa Laitinen-Vaanen, Principal Lecturer at JAMK Teacher Education College presented on the evaluation of working life cooperation survey development. Alexandr Sychev, Associate Professor at VSU Department of Information Systems, delivered a presentation on the survey results. The first conference day concluded with a discussion titled "World of Work and World of Education: Current state, global challenges and cooperation perspectives", where representatives of enterprises and working life organizations that cooperate with NVSU shared with the participants the best case examples of cooperation with NVSU as well as talked about challenges and perspectives of continued collaboration with regard to the results of the E3M project implementation.
The second conference day was devoted to the development of action plans and the implementation of roadmaps. It started with a panel session titled “Development of action plans as a means to facilitate cooperation between faculties/schools/departments and employers". The panel session was moderated by the University of Girona, responsible for this workpackage within implementation of the project. Lluis Prats, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Judit Diaz, Lecturer at the Faculty of Tourism presented on the Action Plan Development and Evaluation Framework. Lluis Prats also shared the results of the benchmarking visits of the project partner representatives to UdG. Their presentations were followed by the presentations from partner universities devoted to the challenges and outcomes of the action plan development and implementation. VSU action plan was presented by Elina Shishkina, Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Applied Analysis, HSPUR action plan was presented by Svetlana Ezopova, Associate Professor at the Department of Preschool Education, ALSR action plan was presented by Evgeniy Osetrov, Deputy Director of the Center for International Programs, and NVSU action plan was presented by Gennady Malgin, Head of Department for Power Engineering.
The third panel session “Design and implementation of the university roadmaps” was moderated by Nizhnevartovsk State University. The session featured the presentations on the implementation of new forms of collaboration. NVSU results were presented to the wider public: delivered by Gennady Malgin, Head of the Department of Power Engineering, Irina Istomina, Dean of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, and the Tatiana Storchak, Associate Professor at the Department of Ecology. Nadezhda Nemchinova, Head of International Office, presented on the benchmarking visit to JAMK University of Applied Science and Artesis Plantijn University College.
NVSU students, Victoria Lazareva, 2nd year Master's Degree student at the Department of Linguistics and Translation and Anton Tcys, graduate student of the Faculty of Information Technologies and Mathematic shared their experience of participation in the project. The day concluded with presentations of roadmaps: NVSU roadmap delivered by Tatiana Storchak, ALSR roadmap presented by Evgeny Osetrov, Deputy Director of the Center for International Programs, HSPUR roadmap presented by Elena Agapova, Associate Professor at the Department of Educational and Personnel Management, and Alexander Sychev from VSU.
The third day of the conference was moderated by Academy of Labor and Social Relations (fourth panel session) and Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (fifth panel session) and focused on the exploitation of results and project quality management. Fourth panel session featured the following presentations: “ALSR Exploitation Strategy and Roadmap” by Alexey Zenkov, Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Credit, “Evaluation and Exploitation Seminar at ALSR” presented by Evgeny Osetrov, Deputy Director of the Center for International Program, "Promotion campaign for regional policy makers at Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies - ALSR branch, to disseminate project results" was presented by Tanzilya Nigmatullina, Associate Professor, Director of Bashkir Institute of Social Technologies, ALSR branch. Also, Russian project partners were presented their plans for dissemination of the project results: VSU (Elina Shishkina and Alexandr Sychev), HSPUR (Elena Agapova), ALSR (Evgeny Osetrov), NVSU (Oksana Yakovishak, Project Manager, International Office).
Next panel session focused on the Project Quality Management and included the following presentations from HSPUR representatives: “Employer's involvement in ensuring the higher education quality” delivered by Sergey Trapitsyn, Head of the Department of Educational and Personnel Management, “Quality assessment: methodology, project reporting” resented bt Marina Zharova, Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Personnel Management, “Monitoring of quality outcomes” by Olga Granitchina, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Primary Natural and Mathematical Education.
In cue with the main theme of the session, the day concluded with an assisted self-evaluation conducted under the supervision of an external expert, Mrs Päivi Korhonen from PDGE Project Development Group Europe.
The final session of the conference was moderated by Artesis Plantijn University College and Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and focused on dissemination of project results. Helmut Arnold, professor at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences presented the dissemination plan and its results, the project website and the results of benchmarking visits to Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. Hilde Hoefnagels and Stephanie Goovaerts, international coordinators at the Communication Department of Artesis Plantijn University College presented the results of the benchmarking visit to the University.
The final day of the conference was devoted entirely to the financial reporting issues. The Steering Committee met in order to discuss some of the technical aspects of the final stages of the project implementation. The discussion concerned the final report and the project handbook. JAMK representatives presented the results of the audit that took place in October 2016 and noted that it was successful. A possibility of an extra dissemination activity (forum at Don State Technical University, Rostov-on-Don) was discussed.
Project coordinators informed the participants that European Comission agreed to extend the project until February, 27th, 2017. This will allow the participants to continue the dessimination activities and better prepare for the final report.