A series of talks, meetings and workshops were held at the University for 27 representatives from the consortium running the Harmony project.
The first day’s events included sessions delivered by the Research Enterprise Office, the Careers + Placements Centre and the Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP), to showcase what internationalisation looks like at Aston University. Internationalisation is a key feature of the UK Higher Education agenda, representing the preparation of all UK graduates to live in, and contribute responsibly to, a globally connected society.
With a highly diverse student population and ever greater numbers of international students choosing to study at Aston, the institution is committed to promoting and enhancing the learning experience for all students studying UK programmes, irrespective of geographical location, home country or background. For the current academic year, students from more than 130 countries are currently studying at the University.
Running for three years, the Harmony project’s focus is to improve the development of approaches to the harmonisation of internationalisation strategies in Higher Education, research and innovation in EU countries and Armenia, Belarus and Russia.
Participating in the initiative alongside Aston are the University of Seville, Sapienza University of Rome, Kassel University, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Eurasia International University, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Belarusian State University, Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives, Voronezh State University, Southern Federal University, Penza State University. The Ministries of Education in Armenia, Belarus and Russian as well as the International Centre for innovation in Science, Technology and Education (ICISTE) in Russia are also involved.
The project is funded through the Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices programme, which focuses on enabling organisations to work together on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education between different countries.
Leading the project at Aston are Provost & Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Helen Higson, Aston Business School’s International Relations Manager, Selena Teeling and Director of International Development, Wendy Yip.