Erasmus+ contact seminar with the Western Balkans

Event date:
Thu, 24/10/2019 - 16:00 to Fri, 25/10/2019 - 18:00
Venue:
Hotel International, City Center, Scanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania
The seminar will gather around 200 representatives from higher education institutions (HEIs) from all 34 Programme Countries, as well as from the Western Balkan partner countries

Erasmus+ contact seminar
with the Western Balkans

  24 - 25 October 2019

  Tirana, Albania

This seminar will gather around 200 representatives from higher education institutions from all 34 Erasmus+ programme countries, as well as from the Western Balkan partner countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo*). The aim is to increase the number of applications within the region under the next Erasmus+ call for proposals by offering concrete networking opportunities.

The contact seminar will cover all international actions of the Erasmus+ programme, with a particular focus on International Credit Mobility and capacity building in higher education. As for previous editions, the event will include networking sessions and a series of workshops addressing issues, such as the mutual recognition of qualifications and learning periods abroad, Erasmus+ application forms, selection and support for participants.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Programme - Day 1

14:00 - 15:00 | Registration and welcome coffee

15:00 - 15:15 | Opening remarks

  • Besa Shahini - Minister of Education, Sports and Youth, Republic of Albania.

  • Luigi Soreca - European Union Ambassador to Albania.

15:15 - 16:40 | Erasmus+ Contact Seminar with the Western Balkans

  • Erasmus+: Retrospective, new aspects of the 2020 call for proposals

  • Benedicte Einarsen - International Cooperation, European Commission. 

  • Regional activities

  • Albert Sesé - International Cooperation, European Commission.

  • Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) with testimonials from Erasmus+ alumni

  • Michael Goulao - WBAA service provider.

  • Presentation of successful Erasmus+ projects in the Western Balkans: ICM, CBHE and JM

16:40 - 17:40 | Higher education in the Western Balkans 

  • Jari Matti Riihelainen - Analyst, Eurydice.

17:40 - 17:45 | Workshops and networking: What to expect 

  • Albert Sesé - International Cooperation, European Commission.

19:30 - 22:00 | Official dinner

Programme - Day 2

10:00 - 11:00 | First workshops

  • First steps in International Credit Mobility

  • Moderators:
    • Mathilde Bégrand - National Agency, France.

    • Silva Viilup - National Agency, Estonia.

    • Suad Muhibic - National Erasmus+ Office, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • International Credit Mobility for advanced practitioners

  • Moderators:
    • Božidar Grigić - National agency, Slovenia.

    • Jehona Lushaku - National Erasmus+ office, Kosovo*.

    • Markus Symmank - National agency, Germany.

  • First steps in capacity building projects in higher education

  • Moderators:

    • Anila Troshani - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

    • Olga Jovanovic - National agency, Serbia.

    • Sini Piippo - National agency, Finland.

  • Capacity building projects in higher education for advanced practitioners

  • Moderators:

    • Dorina Angelsceu - Expert.

    • Tea Režek - National agency, Croatia.

    • Vanja Drljevic - National Erasmus+ office, Montenegro.

11:00 - 11:30 | Coffee break 

11:30 - 12:45 | Networking round 1 – Focus on Erasmus+ partner countries

12:45 - 13:45 | Lunch break

13:45 - 15:00 | Networking round 2 – Focus on Erasmus+ programme countries

15:00 - 15:30 | Coffee break 

15:30 - 16:30 | Second workshops

  • First steps in International Credit Mobility

  • International Credit Mobility for advanced practitioners 

  • First steps in capacity building projects in higher education

  • Capacity building projects in higher education for advanced practitioners

16:30 - 18:00 | Farewell cocktail 

Location

Hotel International Tirana
City Center, Scanderbeg Square
1001 Tirana
Albania

Conclusions

Conclusions from the workshops [pdf] (Authors: Albert Sesé Ballart and Benedicte Einarsen)

Final report on the seminar [pdf] (Authors: Albert Sesé Ballart and Benedicte Einarsen)

Images

Images from the event (Credit: Lira Pipa, 2019)

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

Tirana, Albania - Hotel Tirana International

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