The first face-to-face meeting of the ITHEN – International Technical Higher Education Network took place at the University of Primorska, Faculty of Management, in Koper, Slovenia, from September 27 to October 2, 2021.
ITHEN is the result of cooperation between 8 project partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, and Germany, and 6 associated partners from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Italy, and Turkey. The ITHEN project is Co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The main objective of this international Joint Staff Training Event was based on training sessions on active learning methodologies, identified previously by the partners, and other important topics for the future of the network, the network communication platform, dissemination, methodological project guidelines pilot nationals, possible of new joint activities, projects, or courses of the ITHEN Partnership, and enlargement of the ITHEN Network. All 8 project partners were represented at the Joint Staff Training Event (JSTE) at Koper. The participants were: Giulia Dakli and Veronica Tanelli represent Fondazione ITS JobsAcademy (JAC) from Italy – the project coordinator; Cristina Badia, Jordi Cabestany and Neus Caufapé from Institut Escola del Treball (IET) – Spain; Florence Plumier and Cristofol Estrella from Institut de Vic (IVIC) – Spain; Murat Aktan and Egeman Kahraman from Mugla Sitki Kocman University (MSKU) – Turkey; Mario Gesualdi from Associazione Multiculturale I Due Mondi – Italy; Olga Daitche and Alessio Vertemati from OneOffTech(OOT) – Germany; Georg Dutschke and Paula Ribeiro from EIA – Ensino, Investigação e Administração (Atlântica – Instituto Universitário) -Portugal; Borut Likar, Peter Štrukelj and Mihaela Kosancic, from Univerza na Primorskem Università del Litorale (UP) – Slovenia .
So, on 27 September afternoon, there were two training sessions on methodologies, about BUSINESS GAME and COMPUTATIONAL THINKING, oriented by the partners JAC and 2MONDI, respectively.
On September 28, in the morning, partners get involved in training sessions on the following methodologies: FLIPPED CLASSROOM (MSKU) and JIGSAW PEER TRAINING (UP). And, during the second half of the day take place the methodologies – BUSINESS CASE STUDY (ATLANTICA) and SIMULATION (OOT).
On the JTSE third day, some training sessions on the platform and after the lunch break the training on methodologies- PROJECT-BASED / CHALLENGE-BASED LEARNING (IET), and PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (IVIC).
On September 30 there were two training sessions, on the platform (OOT) and Methodological Guidelines and Nacional Pilots (ATLANTICA and IVIC).
On the fifth 5, first October, the sessions start at 09:00 as usual with a Workshop on possible new joint activities, projects, or courses of the ITHEN Partnership, and after the lunch break, the ITHEN group had another workshop based on enlargement of the ITHEN Network and ITHEN Agreement.
The morning for the last session has dedicated an overview on complete, ongoing, and forthcoming activities: next steps, deadlines, tasks. The project management and monitoring some issues; the state of the art on dissemination and Workshop on the best use of Dissemination tools and materials to improve the visibility of the ITHEN Network.
During the coffee breaks, lunches and two dinners with all partners (Monday and Friday nights), people could socialize, get involved, take some more informal moments with great fun. Those are very important to create the ITHEN community and identity.
ITHEN’s main objective is to establish strategic and structured cooperation between universities and polytechnic institutes, European and outside Europe, which administer technical higher education, creating a network for the development of joint international courses and international internships.
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More information about the project: www.ithen.eu