WP5 - Promoting Engagement in International Relations

WP5 is characterized by one overarching goal: placing such a newly consolidated expertise at the service of the local academic communities, as the ultimate beneficiaries of the TOOLKIT project’s legacy. In parallel, the project also seeks to raise the awareness of governmental bodies and agencies in the three Asian countries by means of a more efficient synergy among universities, ministries, and students in articulating the next steps forward towards an effective integration with the global academic community. At this stage of the project, the IRO Staff that have already undergone their formation period in Europe are expected to disseminate this knowledge within their respective countries, thanks to a series of cascade trainings, which are expected to greatly expand the impact and virtuous repercussions of the whole project.

5.1. Academic staff engagement towards international projects and mobility opportunities

The IRO Staff of the Asian universities that pertain to the TOOLKIT consortium spread the newly acquired know-how within their respective departments and academic communities, by illustrating to their faculties how to fully exploit mobility opportunities as well as national/international calls for IR projects.

5.2. Student engagement towards mobility opportunities

After having focused on academics and faculty members, the second target group in this stage was embodied by local students. Accordingly, the IRO Staff that received training and formation in the EU was then expected to effectively engage the students’ population in their universities by drafting sound strategies and plans to provide students with all the info and notions in terms of mobility opportunities.

5.3. University governance engagement towards International Relations

At this stage, the main aim was to engage the university governance in each of the Asian HEIs pertaining to the TOOLKIT consortium, so to enhance its commitment both in drafting efficient strategies for a further academic integration and in expanding the available resources for IROs.

5.4. National Governance engagement towards International Relations

The key purpose here is to engage local ministries and the national governance as a whole in Myanmar, Laos, and Sri Lanka in the attempt to fully exploit the positive legacy of the TOOLKIT project. Accordingly, these actors were strongly encouraged to provide a significant contribution in the tailoring of brand-new strategies and roadmaps towards a more systematic internationalization of their academic systems, by means of a stronger commitment in terms of budget and personnel devoted to IR activities.

Vilnius University together with the Yangon University of Economics, acted as the WP leaders entrusted with the task of supervising all the activities related to this WP.

5.1.,5.3.,5.4, Academic Staff, University and National Governance engagement towards internationalization

The Consortium decided to organize one single Roundtable involving the target groups and university stakeholders. More details about the events and the related materials can be found at the Conferences Section.

5.2. Student engagement towards mobility opportunities

Each Asian Partner University organized an Info Day for students sharing the international oopportunities and stimulating discussion about their importance and value for the quality of higher edutation. More details about the events and the related materials can be found at the Conferences Section.