CHINLONE's Meetings and Events

CHINLONE EIGHTH MEETING (Online Meeting, 18 March 2021)

On March 18th, 2021, the CHINLONE partners met through Zoom platform for the eighth and last Consortium meeting of the Project. On this occasion, participants made a recap of the activities successfully performed during the past months and focused on the technical details regarding the final reporting of the Chinlone Project. A brief presentation was provided in order to explain the supporting documentation needed to finalize the project, such as Timesheets, Joint Declarations, Payslips and Employment Declarations.

An agreement was also reached concerning the previously organized conference for the Call of Papers, which due to the complicated circumstances of both the pandemic and the political disorders in Myanmar, could not take place. Nevertheless, the Chinlone Consortium planned to publish the submitted papers and the meeting wrapped up with a recap on the last bureaucratic obligations to be fulfilled. The meeting was then dismissed, Chinlone Partners agreed on being looking forward to witnessing to the long-lasting sustainability of the accomplishments made through the Chinlone project.

Please have a look at the box on the right for the meeting materials.

CHINLONE SEVENTH MEETING (Online Meeting, 22 July 2020) 

On July 22nd 2020, the CHINLONE Consortium met for the seventh Consortium meeting, this time through an online platform. The meeting started with an introduction by Prof. Antonio Fiori, CHINLONE Project's Coordinator, University of Bologna and some updates on the Covid-19 pandemic development both in MM and EU with a focus on how the HEIs part of the Consortium are dealing with the global health crisis.

After the introduction, the discussion revolved around the activities to be performed and WPs to be concluded before the end of the project. The Consortium discussed on how to reschedule the activities considering the current panorama and the related travel restrictions. Partners agreed that a request for the extension of the Project’s eligibility period was needed considering that the end of the project was initially foreseen for mid October 2020. The Consortium decided to proceed with a request of six months extension in order have time enough to finalize the Project’s activities.

During the second part of the meeting, a new plan for the activities of WP4 - International Relations Platform was defined. EU partners gave feedback on the Feasibility plans for the implementation of efficient  IROs drafted by MM partner HEIs.  The mobility periods in Europe for MM  partners IROs staff were rescheduled both in the timing and modality. It was decided to organize a virtual mobility with three days sessions held by Uppsala University and University of Bologna on October 7th -14th -21st .

The meeting continued with an update on the next steps in the development of  WP5- Project results’ dissemination activities. The main focus was on the MM partners institutional webpages updates and related reporting documents.

In the last part of the meeting, the Consortium discussed about the External Evaluation outcomes and agreed to schedule another online Consortium meeting between October and November to discuss about the last steps of the project implementation and presentation of results. 

CHINLONE SIXTH MEETING (Yangon, 10 January 2020)

On January 10th 2020, the CHINLONE Consortium met at the Research Centre of the University of Yangon for the sixth Consortium meeting. The meeting started with an introduction held by Antonio Fiori, CHINLONE Coordinator, University of Bologna on the activities performed during the project lifetime and the results achieved so far. After the introduction, the discussion revolved around the next activities. Ms. Ulrica Ouline, Uppsala University, presented the WP4 – International Relation Platform activities, which will take place in Uppsala in May 2020. On this occasion, the Consortium had the opportunity to discuss about logistical and organizational issues, deadlines and activities to be performed for the implementation of the last Project’s platform. During the last part of the morning, Ms. Licia Proserpio, CHINLONE coordination team, introduced the final activities included in WP5 – Dissemination, WP6 – Exploitation, WP7 – Quality. After lunch, the MM Project’s partners had focus group with the external independent evaluator Prof. Markus Bell. The aim of the focus groups activity was to assess project impact on bringing Universities closer to Myanmar civil society. As last activity for the day MM partners had a skype session with the second external evaluator Ms. Barbara Lilliu who will evaluate how efficiently the Consortium carried out the activities foreseen in the project proposal.

CHINLONE FIFTH MEETING (Yangon, 13 July 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:, 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, the importance of publishing the materials produced by now within the CHINLONE Project has been stressed. In order to disseminate the results accomplished, the importance of updating the websites of the Myanmar universities of the degree courses involved has also been highlighted. 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 directly targeting 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 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 were 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 (; and project quality assurance. In the afternoon, the topics of Students and Teaching Staff Quality were addressed. The CHINLONE partners worked in groups and focused specifically on the reviewing and the improving of the WP2.4 assignments and on the planning of their piloting at each partner university. Finally, the final steps of the WP2 were discussed, along with 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).

CHINLONE THIRD MEETING (Granada, 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 focused 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 were planned: a meeting in Brussels (Belgium) in mid-February 2019 and a meeting in Myanmar in July 2019.


CHINLONE SECOND MEETING (Nay Pyi Taw, 3-6 September 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 clear in the 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 bilateral meetings among partners. 

CHINLONE KICK-OFF MEETING (Bologna, 19-21 February 2018) 

CHINLONE lays the first stone! From February 19th to February 21st, the University of Bologna hosted a three-day 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 with 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, the 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.