Welcome to New Horizons!

New horizons of internationalisation – a partnership between universities in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine

New horizons of internationalisation is a joint capacity building project aiming to develop and strengthen the participating universities ability to internationalise their strategies and operational practices. During 2019 the project will identify and suggest a number of recommendations for each participating university.

The participating universities are:

The project is led by Malmö university. The working method is four themed open seminars and work group meetings based on exchange of good examples, knowledge sharing and joint learning. The project adheres to the creed of Etienne Wenger that communities of practice are groups whose members “share a passion for something they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better” (2006).

Three themes were identified as being of mutual importance, and will be the focus of an open seminar, hosted by one of the participating universities:

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as a vehicle to internationalise higher education. This open seminar will be held in Odessa, Ukraine.
  • Applying for funds to internationalise (Erasmus+, STINT, etc). This open seminar will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
  • A pedagogy of international understanding and intercultural competence. This open seminar will be held in Yerevan, Armenia.
  • The project will present its results and list of recommendations at a final open seminar in Batumi, Georgia, the 15th of November 2019.The project is financed by the Swedish Institute (si.se) within the project framework “Program for strengthened internationalization at universities in the Eastern partnership”

Participants in the project

Alecu Russo State University of Bălţi, Moldova
Valentina Pritcan – Vice-rector for research and international relations
Viorica Cebotaros – Head of the Department of English and German Philology
Cristina Ghinda – International officer

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia
Tamar Siradze – Deputy rector
Georgi Tavamaishvili – Head of strategic development and international relations
Guladi Phartenadze – Lectur and teacher in computer science

Malmö universitet
Tom Nilsson – Head of program and lecturer in Political Science
Cecilia Christersson – Pro vice-chancellor for global engagement
Tobias Denskus – Lecturer in web-based MA program Communication of Development
Niklas Nannskog – International relations manager with focus on externally funded projects
Karina Vamling – Professor and head of Caucasus Studies

Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine
Sergiy Skorokhod – Prorector of international cooperation
Svitlana Kulinich – Head of center the center of scientific and educational mobility
Liudmyla Soldatkina – Director of Institute for international education

Yerevan state university, Armenia
Alexander Markarov – Deputy vice rector and head of international cooperation office
Shushan Paronyan – Head of intercultural communication department
Anoush Ayunts – Lecturer at faculty of Romanian-Germanic Philology