New opportunities for partnerships with European universities

Research and Innovations 14 December 2018

The University of Tyumen held an information session “Erasmus +: opportunities for participation for Russian universities”. Anna Muravyova, Deputy Director of the Russian National Erasmus+ Office, and Manager Julia Redina conducted the session.

The session participants, among whom were international education managers from Tyumen and their colleagues from universities in Hungary, Poland and Kazakhstan, discussed the possibilities of receiving funding from the European Union for the implementation of academic mobility programs and large network projects involving universities and research centers of several countries (members of the European Union and other partner countries, Russia is one of them).

“UTMN has successful experience in implementing European cooperation projects: two TACIS projects, as well as twenty TEMPUS and Erasmus + projects. Thanks to the grants from the European Commission's budget, we have established partnerships with dozens of leading universities from Austria, Germany, Finland, France and other countries, ” said Andrey Tolstikov, Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs.

The representatives of the Russian National Erasmus+ Office had the chance to assess the results of the TEMPUS project on the development of inclusive education “Training teachers and educational managers for work with heterogeneous groups and organizations”, as well as the implementation of two Erasmus + projects: "Enhancing Competences of Sustainable Waste Management in Russian and Kazakh HEIs" and “Institutional Partnership for Sustainable Usage of Water Resources: Russia and Kazakhstan” (TREASURE-WATER).

All in all, UTMN’s projects were highly appreciated. The implementation of the project on the development of inclusive education allowed the specialists from the Institute of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences to accumulate a unique experience in formation of inclusive classroom environments. New master's degree program, training courses and modules were developed. The university purchased modern equipment for students with special needs. Moreover, during the project, graduate student Aydar Fakhrutdinov created an electronic Braille textbook "SEALL" for the blind and visually impaired, that was tested and now entered the commercialization phase.

Postgraduate students and young scientists have improved their skills in the field of inclusive educational technologies in foreign universities, the program’s partners. At the end of the project, UTMN became one of the leaders in the field of inclusive pedagogy in Russia and received the status of a Regional Training and Methodology Center. The UTMN’s experience in the implementation of this project and its impact on the social environment of the region was recognized as an example of a "good practice".

School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and X-BIO, new educational projects of UTMN, received recommendations to apply for funding from the European Union as they demonstrate innovative approaches in the modernization of higher education in Russia.

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

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