AUA Staff Participates in Tempus Educational Workshop in Belgium
From October 6-8, 2014, Irshat Madyarov, Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program Chair, Perouz Taslakian, Computational Sciences Program Chair, and Sharistan Melkonian, Director of Accreditation, participated in a workshop in Leuven, Belgium for program chairs, deans, and quality assurance administrators focused on improving academic programs.
The workshop, hosted by Leuven University College (KHLeuven) was the second of three workshops organized as part of the Tempus project GOVERN Fostering Autonomy and Accountability: Development of State of the Art Higher Education Management System for Efficient Changes in Line with Bologna Principles.
The 36-month project brings together 22 partner institutions from Armenia and five European countries to build capacity among higher education institutions to enhance autonomy and accountability of institutions by capacity building of administrative staff for managing system changes efficiently, revising the legal and regulatory frameworks in line with Bologna action lines, establishing university management systems and introducing approaches to student-centered educational provisions to assure quality and promote student mobility.
In Leuven, participants spent three days working on academic program development while also exploring issues related to student workload and mobility in line with the Bologna action items. Participants also had an opportunity to visit the Agora Learning Centre, KHLeuven’s state-of-the-art facility which provides space and services supporting student success.
Earlier this year, Gevorg Goyunyan, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Melissa Brown, English & Communications Program Chair, attended the first workshop in Graz, Austria, which addressed issues connected to university governance and change management.
The third workshop will be held in November in Palermo, Italy, and will focus on quality assurance in academic affairs.