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2023-11-06 Project News

Training and Resources for Universities to Strengthen Transnational Partnerships (TRUST)

Erasmus Student Network Azerbaijan organised the "Training and Resources for Universities to Strengthen Transnational Partnerships” (TRUST) training project for international relation officers of universities in Baku which lasted for 3 days from 11th September until 13th September, 2023. During the event, 35 International relations officers come together from the various universities across Azerbaijan to receive training on Erasmus + International Credit Mobility, Capacity Building in Higher Education, Jean Monnet Actions, EMJMD projects etc. The project was funded by Erasmus+ Students and Alumni Alliance (ESAA).

Ali Taghiyev

ESN Azerbaijan carried out the "Training and Resources for Universities to Strengthen Transnational Partnerships” (TRUST) project with the support of Erasmus+ Students and Alumni Alliance (ESAA) to assist Azerbaijani universities' IROs to better prime international activities.

The training project started with the welcome speeches of honourable guests. Chairperson of Erasmus Student Network Azerbaijan, Ali Taghiyev made an opening speech in which he touched upon the growing role of international education in the globalized world and emphasized the importance of strengthening the international relations of higher education institutions in this direction. Later on, Gunay Jafarzade, advisor of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, made a speech and spoke about the successful reforms carried out in the field of the internationalization of education in Azerbaijan in the recent years. The head of the National Erasmus+ Office in Azerbaijan, Parviz Bagirov, noted that the opportunities created by the Erasmus+ program play an important role in the development of international relations of higher education institutions in Azerbaijan.

The project was aimed to enhance the capacity of International Relations officers at universities in Azerbaijan to be more engaged in effective internationalisation activities within Erasmus+ program and beyond, such as Erasmus + international student and staff mobility, Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) projects, international joint programs, joint research and teaching, and international partnerships via providing targeted capacity-building.

Capacity-building training within the TRUST project has been conducted through seminars, workshops, and coaching sessions, and monitoring and evaluation were made to gauge the efficacy of the training at the end. Thus, on the first day of the training, Ms. Tea Gergedava, Head of the International Relations Department at Tbilisi State University, delivered training on writing and implementing Capacity Building in Higher Education projects. On day 2, Ms. Gulden Bulut, International Education Professional at Marmara University provided training on how to develop international student & staff mobility, partnerships within Erasmus+ and other programs. On the final day, Ms. Iryna Sikorska, Director of Mariupol State University's Center for International Education, delivered a lecture on effective management of International Relations Offices and project proposal writing, implementing, and reporting within Jean Monnet Actions.

The training project was followed by a networking dinner where those who successfully completed the training project were awarded with a certificate of completion.

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Ali Taghiyev

Azerbaijan, Baku, 1st of October 2023

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