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CHINLONE's Meetings and Events

CHINLONE Fifth Meeting (Yangon, 13 Juluy 2019)

On 13 July 2019, the University of Yangon hosted the Fifth CHINLONE Consortium Meeting. On this occasion, the Project partners had the chance to discuss the next steps to perform within the CHINLONE Project’s Work Package 3 (“Education Platform”), 4 (“International Relations Platform”), 5 (“Project’s Result Dissemination”), and 6 (“Exploitation and Sustainability Activities”).

After a recap of the activities already successfully accomplished within the CHINLONE Project’s WP2 and exposed in the latest CHINLONE Report (available at the following link: https://site.unibo.it/chinlone/it/report), the CHINLONE Partners started planning the activities to perform in the fields of education (WP3 – CHINLONE Education Platform) and of international relations (WP4 – CHINLONE International Relations Platform).

As far as the WP3 – CHINLONE Education Platform is concerned, the CHINLONE Partners agreed on six activities to perform according to the project proposal. After identifying the Task Forces’ members (click here for more information), the participants finalized the organisation of study visits specifically designed for faculty members working in the fields of: Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Economics of Tourism, and Agricultural Studies. Thanks to this study visits, Myanmar academics will have the chance to discuss how to review the curricula at their Home University thanks to the support of EU partner university. Moreover, it has been decided that Myanmar partners will take care of the organisation of Cascade trainings for spill over effect for Each Education Platform and of the Reviewing and restructuring process of course curricula that needs to be approved by the country’s Board of Studies.

Regarding the WP4 – CHINLONE International Relations Platform, the CHINLONE Partners are waiting to obtain the endorsement of the Ministry of Education to the implementation of new International Relations Offices. The WP trainings will be organized by Uppsala University that is the WP Leader. Also in this case, Cascade training for spill over effect are mandatory. Afterwards, feasibility plans for the implementation of International Relations Offices will be formulated and the Myanmar partners will establish IROs at their universities.

The last topics addressed by the meeting’s participants concerned the WP5 – CHINLONE Project’s Result Dissemination and the WP6 – CHINLONE Exploitation and Sustainability Activities. Since communication represents a vital sector in today’s world, it has been stressed the importance of publishing the materials produced by now within the CHINLONE Project. In order to disseminate the result accomplished, the importance of updating the websites of the Myanmar universities of the degree courses involved has also been underlined. As far as the Exploitation Activities are concerned, it has been suggested that the CHINLONE Project’s methodology and model will be presented on international occasions. Finally, it has been decided to organize a project activity targeting directly Myanmar students under the WP6.

CHINLONE Fourth Meeting – Brussels, 13 February 2019

On Wednesday, 13 February 2019, the fourth CHINLONE Meeting was hosted by the Coimbra Group in Brussels (Belgium). The attendees had the chance to gather and discuss the steps already been fulfilled and the next objectives to pursue. Among the subjects of discussion, the WP3 (Educational platform), embracing the planning of scholars' international mobility exchanges in the light of the newly revised curriculum, held a crucial position in the meeting’s agenda. The other major issues that were discussed are dissemination, with particular reference to the validation of institutional brochures including the Myanmar partner universities’ organization, mission, and international outlook; exploitation, which gave us the opportunity to communicate CHINLONE’s participation in the next Conference and Exhibition of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (https://www.apaie2019.org/); and project quality assurance. In the afternoon, the topics of Students and Teaching Staff Quality were addressed. The CHINLONE partners worked in groups and focussed specifically on the reviewing and the improving of the WP2.4 assignments and on the planning of their piloting at each partner university. Together with the final steps of the WP2, the stakeholders to which the report about the successful second phase of the project should be extended and the date for the next meeting - set on 12 July 2019 in Yangon (Myanmar) - were discussed.

CHINLONE Third Meeting - Granada (Spain), 28 November 2018

On 28 November 2018, the CHINLONE partners met in Granada (Spain) for the third Consortium Assembly. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss the list of international stakeholders to which the WP1 Report should be disseminated. Moreover, the proposal of realizing a similar Report about the WP2 activities has been raised.

Other subjects of discussion covered during the meeting were the WP3, including international mobility exchanges, the development of institutional materials focussed on the Myanmar partner universities, and the formulation of a timeline for the first financial report, whose end is foreseen for April, when the first Interim Report will be submitted to the European Union.

As a conclusion of the meeting, the next appointments have been planned: a meeting in Brussels (Belgium) will be held in mid-February 2019 and a meeting in Myanmar will take place in July 2019.

 

CHINLONE Second Project Meeting (Nay Pyi Taw, September 3-6, 2018)


Chinlone second project meeting, held in Nay Pyi Taw on September 3-6, was inaugurated with the opening remarks of Dr Thein Win, Director General of Myanmar's DHE. Subsequently, Prof. Fiori introduced the key components of the WP1 Preliminary Report, which was further analyzed through a series of specific group discussions devoted to the topics of academic governance, teaching activities, research, and international relations. The afternoon session, instead, revolved around the presentation of the WP2 'Management Platform', followed by a specific focus on Chinlone Communication Strategy. Subsequently, all the actors involved had the opportunity to discuss Chinlone partnerships agreements through a series of bilateral meetings.

On September 4th the project's partners participated to the first Chinlone conference (for more details see conferences)

During the third day, EU experts held a workshop on 'Degree Program Design and Curriculum Development' designed for the project's partners. More specifically, Prof Loreta Skurvyadaite (Vilnius University) addressed the audience on the key goals, competences, assessment methods, teaching methods, and learning outcomes which need to be clearly in establishment of new degree programs. Subsequently, the floor was given to Prof. Joaquim Carvalho (University of Coimbra) and Ms Angela Ribeiro, who lectured respectively on the development of graduate skills and the definition of data collections and pilot surveys involving students, graduates, and external stakeholders. Finally, the meeting was wrapped up with the recap of the assignments with regards to the next project's conference. 

The last day was devoted to bylater meetings among partners. 

CHINLONE Kick-off Meeting (Bologna, February 19-21, 2018) 

CHINLONE lays the first stone! From February 19th to February 21st, the University of Bologna hosted a three days meeting to kick-start the CHINLONE project, gathering 27 representatives of its partner HEIs located in Europe and in Myanmar. The event was opened in the historical venue of Palazzo Poggi by the welcome address of Professor Francesco Ubertini, University of Bologna Rector, who joined Professor Alessandra Scagliarini (UNIBO Pro-Rector for International Relations) and Professor Fiori (CHINLONE Project Director and UNIBO Rector's Delegate for Asia and Oceania) in expressing great auspices for the future of EU-Myanmar cooperation in the field of higher education.   

At the end of the ceremony, the CHINLONE coordination team unveiled the project’s agenda and its timeline, describing the general work plan and presenting in detail the aims, activities, and expected outcomes of the various WPs. During the afternoon, the meeting was devoted to a preliminary assessment of key challenges and opportunities stemming from Myanmar’s ongoing reforms in the higher education sector, so to better introduce the ratio and purposes of the first Work Package. Accordingly, after an insightful presentation provided by the delegates of the Department of Higher Education of Myanmar’s Ministry of Education on the current outlook of the policies put in place by the country’s government in such field, the floor was handed over to the various Burmese universities, in order to provide a series of more detailed notions and data for each institution involved.    

The second day was dedicated to a recap of the deadlines and workflow that characterize WP1, as well as to the examination of CHINLONE’s budgetary protocols, administrative organization, and financial management. Against this backdrop, the consortium established both the Operational Committee and the Quality Board, appointing their members and defining the tasks and competences of the two bodies. Subsequently, CHINLONE’s European partners – namely the University of Granada, Uppsala University, and the Coimbra Group – had the opportunity to share their relevant experiences and know-how in the field of university management, by lecturing the attendees on crucial topics such as the drafting of strategic plans, the setting-up of effective International Relations offices (IROs), and the active participation in regional and international cooperation projects. Lastly, the final day revolved around the creation of CHINLONE’s Local Teams in each institution involved, followed by the presentation of the dissemination and exploitation strategies.

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