A 5-day study tour was organized within the framework of INCLUSION project on March 19 – 24. The Armenian partners of the consortium gathered at Roehampton University, London to discuss the main activities and best practice of Roehampton University connected to the inclusive higher education.
Representatives from State Academy of Fine Arts together with American University of Armenia, Ministry of Education and Science of RA, Armenian National Students’ Association, UNISON NGO studied the main approaches of master plan for inclusive education. During the study tour the representatives from Armenia started the discussions of master plan and drafted the main points that should be included in the document.
The British partners of INCLUSION project represented their training system organized for faculty members. The topics connected to discrimination, terrorism, equality, are mandatory for all the faculty members, especially for those who have just started their career as a lecturer. The Armenian partners visited the library and chapel of Roehampton University where, together with British colleagues discussed the issue of higher education of religious and ethnic minorities and the ways to make higher education as inclusive as possible for students belonging to that category. Moreover, the Armenian members had a fruitful discussion with the responsible person of disabled students and got acquainted with the ways and methods of helping students with special needs to be integrated into the educational process.
At the end of study tour a short film was shot with the participation of Armenian members introducing the main outcomes of the visit to British university. The film will be shown during the dissemination meeting to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within the Erasmus + project, K2, “INCLUSION”, representatives of the University of Travnik (UNT) were at study visit in Belgium, Leuven on March 2018. (5 days of study visit).
The visit was attended by representatives of BIH consortium besides the SMOC, so there were partners from the University of Tuzla, Mr. Zlatan Buljko in front of the Federal Ministry of Education and Science of Federation BiH and representatives of the University of Travnik – Coordinator of the project “Inclusion” –Maya Djuric, head of the Office for International Cooperation at UNT- Selma Seta and student Nedzla Kadic.
The site visit took five days and included the work on the Master Plan for both Universities institutions. Working on Master plan is extremely important part of the “Inclusion” project, and it took consideration and preparations of the basic titles such: Management of the inclusive practice, institutional support for the inclusion practice, inclusive approaches for learning, teaching, and assessment…
Other part of work was based on the documentary film about Inclusion that each institution took part on and which would show the inclusive story of the both Universities.
Representatives also visited The Lifelong Learning Center “KU Leuven” where students, assistants and professors continued with their educational process.
Inclusion consortium members gathered in Leuven for two-day conference. Hosted by KU Leuven university, the consortium members discussed the activities carried out since the last training held in Yerevan, 2017.
During the first day of the training SAFAA, AUA, universities of Travnik and Tuzla represented the results of benchmarking carried out at their universities. The benchmarking tool enables the universities to distinguish gaps and plan impovement actions. The results were discussed with European partners. Besides, ministry and student representatives make short presentations on the current situation and issues connected with higher education of students from under- represented groups.
Within WP3 a discussion was held concerning the implications for writing institutional guidelines and national / regional guidelines. First day ended with activity on identifying the main stakeholders while envisioning the strategy.
Second day started with a workshop. Partner universities planed their road map and set priorities for their institutions 2018- 2019 and national guideline. Day ended with coordination meeting managed by SAFAA, project coordinating institution, during of which financial and technical issues were discussed.
Two-day training was held in Armenia. Hosted by AUA INCLUSION consortium members gathered to
discuss the activities conducted since the Kick-off meeting in December 2016. Those activities mainly
refer to the fact-findings and literature review conducted by the consortium AM and BiH Partenrs.
Armenian and BiH partners briefly presented their perspectives on inclusion and fact-finding results.
Short reports followed by UNISON and SMOC reflecting on the literature review and main challenges
on inclusion in the respective countries.
Students from both countries have opportunities to reflect and present their ideas on the issues of
inclusiveness. They emphasized the needs at their home institutions and proposed solutions to the
HEIs to support the students from the underrepresented groups. Their contribution was highly
appreciated and they got certificates from the host and coordinating institutions.
The second day of the meeting was mainly focused on the presentation of the good practice and tools
on developing social dimension strategies in higher education. The workshop in the form of World Café
helped both the facilitators and the participants to discuss and present ideas for further developments.
Next, WP2 and WP5 were presented by the lead partners – UoR and WUS. The major activities and
further steps were outlined.
The final phase of the meeting was devoted to the Coordination meeting with involvement of all
parties. Issues like purchase of equipment, financial and technical aspects were presented and
discussed among the participants. The project web-site was officially demonstrated.
The consortium sent its gratitude to the hosting institution and is getting ready for the upcoming event
in UCLL, Belgium for the workshop.
EU partner institutions visited Armenian and BiH higher education institutions to discuss the results of
the surveys and summarize the fact-finding at HEIs. Different meetings with staff and students were
conducted at each of HEI. Short reports were prepared and presented that will be embedded in the
reports on the fact-findings for the WP after the training in June, 2017.
A consolidated project team was established at each HEI to conduct the fact-finding and data analyses. For this purpose the lead partner of the WP – WUS
with support of EU partners developed a fact-finding tool kit (both the methodology and the tools) to be piloted at 4 partner AM and BiH HEIs. The pilot
was conducted among the university staff members, faculty and students and the data are ready for further analyses. Before the final reports are prepared
the site-visits to HEIs are to be conducted by the EU partners and training on designing and implementing the social dimension strategy on the fact-finding
results is to be held.
The first local meeting on the project financial and technical issues was conducted in Yerevan with involvement of all Armenian partners. The management
team presented the major issues on overall management highlighting the important aspects for the financial, technical and operational management. The
presentation along with the templates and required materials as disseminated among the AM partners during the meeting and submitted to all BiH and EU
partners. The detailed coordination meeting will be conducted during the first training in June in Yerevan with involvement of all partners.
Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts is coordinating the new Erasmus+ Inclusion project.
INCLUSION is a 3 year project which aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders on the field of higher education in Armenia and BiH in contributing to the
implementation of social dimension (SD) strategies through capitalizing on knowledge transfer and cross-regional cooperation.
Principle outputs and outcomes of the project include national level guidelines on development and operationalization of SD strategies; institutional level
master plans and mechanisms to implement SD strategies; capacity building of HEIs and respective government authorities for the operationalization of
SD strategies; development of resources for inclusive teaching and learning as well as capacity building materials to raise awareness of high school pupils &
teachers on equal access to higher education.
More than 40 professionals from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, UK and Austria met in Yerevan from December 1-2, 2016 to kick-start a new,
joint Erasmus+ Project – “Development and Implementation of Social Dimension Strategies in Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through Cross-regional
Peer Learning/INCLUSION”. The meeting was held at the American University in Armenia (AUA) and gathered representatives from the fourteen members
of the project Consortium.
The INCLUSION project is coordinated by the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (YSAFA) and aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders on the field of
higher education in Armenia and BiH in contributing to the implementation of social dimension (SD) strategies through capitalizing on knowledge transfer
and cross-regional cooperation.
The kick off meeting provided an important platform for the partners to address key issues related to project implementation and administration. During
the meeting, partners also explored the status of underrepresented groups in HE in the target countries (Armenia, BiH) as well as possible fact-finding tools
which will be developed and implemented during the initial project phase. Also the project workplan was discussed and activities were highlighted for the