Conference at DSTU: "Driving the regional economy: New universities' tools and technologies"
May 28-29, Don State Technical University hosted a conference titled “Driving the regional economy: New universities’ tools and technologies”. The flagship university welcomed lead Erasmus+ experts from Germany, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Latvia, UK, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
International experts met to discuss two projects supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme: “Establishment of Centres for Competence and Employability Development (Complete)” and “European Dimension in Qualifications for the Tourist Sector (EurDiQ)”. The participants represented European and Asian universities, as well as business and governmental bodies of the Rostov region.
“We need to jointly establish the educational and cultural agenda of our countries” – noted DSTU Rector Besik Meskhi. “I hope that joint international projects will bring about positive changes in both the university and the region, turning into a cornerstone for productive university-enterprise collaboration.”
Conference programme extended to presentations of models and best practices in implementing network educational programmes, as well as roundtable discussions dealing with the issues of university-enterprise cooperation and establishment of regional centres for competence development. One of the training workshops was held by the Head of SJEC Ltd. educational consultancy, Dean of the School of Business and Law at London Metropolitan University Dr Simon Jones, who spotlighted competence development centres operating in the UK.
“Today, international agenda is focused upon better efficiency of practice-oriented learning, and no such thing will be conceivable should education, business and authorities fail to cooperate. The government of the Rostov region seeks to create conditions for the development of higher education, which makes an important contribution to the region’s economy”, – said Evgeni Mamichev, Vice Minister for Economic Development of the Rostov region.
In the course of two days, international experts discussed best practices in training highly qualified human resources for the regions, the new forms of university-enterprise cooperation, innovative models of network collaboration. According to the hosts of the event, the issues considered at the conference are crucial for the development of higher education and will ultimately shape the transformation of our universities into regional development centres.
In the course of the conference, training workshops were held by Yianna Orphanidou and Dr Melpo Iacovidou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus), as well as Dr Simon Jones (external expert, UK).
The second day of the conference was marked by a planned meeting on Complete project, supervised by Dr Simon Jones. The external expert assessed the functioning of CCEDs based on presentations delivered by project partners.
Following the training workshops, all participants were awarded with certificates.