Kick-off meeting in TU Ilmenau, including а methodical seminar for RU-IR administrative staff and teachers on the program structure
ERASMUS+ Project “Fostering Internationalisation in Agricultural Engineering in Iran and Russia [FARmER]” started with a kick-off meeting, which took place at the Technische Universität Ilmenau (TUI), Ilmenau, Germany, from 12.02.2018 to 13.02.2018, followed by a methodical seminar for Russian and Iranian administrative staff and teachers, finished on 16.02.2018. Representatives of five Russian institutions (Platov South-Russian State Polytechnic University, Stavropol State Agrarian University, South Ural State University, Astrakhan State University, and Volgograd State Technical University), two Iranian universities (Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University and Babol Noshirvani University of Technology), Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and University of L’Aquila came together to introduce their teams, discuss the first steps of the project implementation, and set a working strategy for the first year of the project. Aspects of this discussion have been the contractual and financial management, dissemination strategies as well as publicity obligations. Delegation members visited laboratories of the Mechatronics Department and discussed the curricula development for bachelor and master programmes for “Mechatronics” with the head of department, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sattel. After the kick-off meeting consortium members joined a three-day methodical seminar, prepared by the working group of the TUI. Dr. Tom Ströhla and Prof. Thomas Sattel presented the main characteristics of the European educational systems, principles of the European Credit Transfer System and contents of the Lisbon Strategy. Establishment and reorganisation of the curricula according to the European standards and TUNING methodology was exemplified by Prof. Anna Tozzi from the University of L’Aquila, Italy. One part of the seminar was dedicated to the challenges and enhancements of the intercultural communication experience. Mrs. Sabine Vana conducted a workshop on the intercultural communication and management skills. University representatives got also in bilateral discussions, had an opportunity to share their research and educational experiences, and to make plans for future collaborations.