The National Erasmus+ Office in Moldova has organised on February, 25-26, 2019, a Technical Assistance mission on the improvement of academic professional competencies of university staff from Moldova.
The two-day event consisted of a plenary session with the participation of more than 70 university professors and bilateral meetings with rectors and vice-rectors of Moldovan HEIs.
The main speakers of the event were the experts from the European Universities Association, Jon Turner, director of the Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and Catherine Bovill, senior lecturer in student engagement within the same institution.
The agenda of the first day included visits at the Ion Creangă State Pedagogical University, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy Nicolae Testemițanu, Technical University of Moldova, and Moldova State University, discussions were focused on the training of the academic staff and diversification of teaching methods within the higher education institutions.
In the following day, took place a national seminar with the participation of the teaching and administrative university staff at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (AESM), event preceded by a meeting with the rector of the AESM Grigore Belostecinic.
At the opening ceremony of this seminar, the coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office has appreciated the support of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and of the Ministry of Education Culture and Research (MECR) for the organisation of the event.
The rector of the AESM, Grigore Belostecinic, highlighted the impact of the Erasmus+ projects on the professional competencies of the university staff, mentioning that study visits and exchange experience at the European partner universities as well as the incoming professors, trainers, and experts within Moldovan universities certainly improves the academic professional competencies of university staff.
Fabien Schaeffer, programme officer at the European Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, noted the contribution of the academic staff mobilities for training or teaching, offered by the EU Programme Erasmus+, for the enhancement of professional competencies of university staff from Moldova. As well, Mr. Schaeffer noted that the European Union will encourage the increasing of the mobilities’ number offered to Moldovan HEIs.
The representative of Policy Department for Higher Education from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, Doina Usaci, mentioned in her welcome speech that the universities should pay attention to the young staff necessities in terms of training when the staff mobilities abroad are organised. In the same time, the MECR will promote the exchange of good practices concerning the training of teaching staff in all Moldovan HEIs.
THE EUA experts Jon Turner and Catherine Bovill have presented teaching approaches that can encourage and promote students’ engagement. As well, the experts have been referring to the training methods aiming to improve professional competencies of the teaching staff, offering the example of the Institute for Academic Development established at the University of Edinburgh and other case studies from British and American universities.
Moldovan Universities have presented two Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Projects PBLMD (Introducing Problem Based Learning in Moldova: Toward Enhancing Students’ Competitiveness and Employability) and TeachMe (Creating Moldovan E-network for promoting innovative e-teaching in the continuing professional education), which have an important contribution to the improvement of university staff professional competences as well as to the use of the interactive teaching methods in national universities.
The event has been organised by the National Erasmus+ Office with the support of the SPHERE (Support and Promotion for Higher Education Reform Experts), EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova and was hosted by the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova. The event is part of the Higher Education Reform Experts Erasmus+ activities (Key Action 3: Support for policy reform).