A webinar on MERGE – Improving Internationalization practices in Higher Education was held on 16th December 2020. Nearly 70 participants registered all over Tamil Nadu. Prof. G. Nagarajan, Director, Centre for International Relations, Anna University was the speaker of the webinar. The online event agenda included internationalization where academicians and students from Tamil Nadu reported on typical issues and challenges encountered and the solutions applied by the colleges/universities. The virtual event was facilitated via Google meet and live-streamed.
Prof. G. Nagarajan briefed about the existing cooperation between Anna University and foreign institutions, as well as to help start new programmes of cooperation between Anna University and foreign institutions, especially in the faculty/students exchange programmes, Joint research etc., which will enrich both students and academics. Prof. G. Nagarajan interacted with students and explained the opportunity of higher studies in foreign countries and internship/exchange programme as well. He briefed about the Double Masters degree as a highly recognized excellence programme run under an official agreement signed in 2011 between Anna University and Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France.
Further, he explained the Collaborative Academic Agreement (3 + 1 + 1 programme) which is going to be signed shortly with the University of North Texas, USA. Besides, he also explained the possible collaboration of projects with foreign universities.
The programme proved to be informative to the target audience in higher education opportunities. The lecture was followed by an interactive session with the students and staff who attended the webinar.
In India, Bamu Unversity is disseminating information about the MERGE Project in the local and national newspapers. Besides the partners, actions and financial support, awareness on internationalisation and cooperation have been raised.
Kabul University MERGE project Coordinator presented the MERGE project in the first international conference on Solar Technologies (AFGSolar1).
AFGSolar1 is a conference in solar technologies organized by Kabul University (Afghanistan) and Slovak Technical University in Bratislava on 23rd and 24th November 2020. It aimed at presenting recent results of research and technological-engineering solutions in the area of solar technologies in Afghanistan. International cooperation and research are key when it comes to sustainability, and more than 200 contributors, participants, visitors, students and professors attended the online conference event.
Here, Mr. Hameedullah Zaheb, MERGE project coordinator at Kabul University, presented the MERGE project to all participants at the international conference and answered all their questions regarding the project.
More information about the conference can be found at the following link: https://www.afgsolar.org/.
Kabul University continues disseminating the work of MERGE across the university and Afghanistan. The last event took place on December 15, 2020, at the Rahkaar-Rah Braai Kaar Seminar on employment and business opportunities in Afghanistan.
Within the MERGE project, we are looking for an External Evaluator to supervise the implementation of project activities and to provide an assessment of various project aspects such as relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability.
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The kick-off meeting of the MERGE project took place on June 17-18, 2020, and was organised by Agora Institute and the University of Genoa, the project coordinator. The meeting gathered all consortium partners (University of Genoa, Agora Institute, Lucian Blaga din Sibiu University, Anna University, BAMU University, Mid – Westerns University, Tribhuvan University, Kabul University, and Nangarhar University), and focused on the exchange of information and experiences about internationalisation practices at the partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The two-day meeting was properly organized according to the schedule proposed by the coordinator: presentation of each partner, work packages, objectives, responsibilities, and key dates. The first event of MERGE was an excellent opportunity for the consortium to get to know each other, discuss the implementation of the project, and clarify questions on the impact of COVID-19 on its development. Furthermore, it also facilitated a lively discussion and debate about how to deal with this relevant issue for the advancement of HEIs in Asia in the upcoming years.
For the next three years, MERGE will improve the internationalisation practices through strengthening institutional capacity in South Asian HEIs on a local, regional, and national level, particularly in Afghanistan, Nepal, and India. More specifically, the project will a) strengthen institutional capacity in implementing internationalisation through tailor-made trainings and accrediting strategic plans for the institutional development on internationalisation and international relations offices (IROs) and b) encourage national awareness and regional integration through establishing a regional network on internationalisation on higher education in SA.