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Janerik Lundquist has once again been entrusted by the European Commission with disseminating knowledge to those countries bordering Europe to the east. The project will help evaluate the content of courses in higher education in Armenia.

Armenia is a small country just to the east of Turkey, with its big neighbour Iran to the south. The country has just over three million inhabitants and it is not easy for those students who want to study abroad a few years, to do research or to go to Europe for practical experience. The higher education programmes are, quite simply, not comparable.

In a major EU-financed project, representatives of a number of European universities will transfer knowledge to their Armenian colleagues. It is about how to define educational goals and criteria regarding what a student should know in order to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or doctors degree. It is about clear knowledge targets as well as skills and approaches.

Janerik Lundquist“We show them how we work with degree objectives, to inspire them. But we need to have a lot of respect for their skills and knowledge. We can't just turn up like self-styled experts and tell them what they should do," says Janerik Lundquist, lecturer at the Department of Management and Engineering and coordinator of the project.

After having run similar projects in places like Russia and Macedonia, he and his colleagues and cooperation partners have sound experience to fall back on.

The aim is still to build a framework for higher education in Armenia and for their courses to be ranked on similar levels as their European counterparts. The major classification work will not take place until the next stage. But the hope is that society, students and employers will get a clearer picture of what a degree involves so that international exchange is easier.

“We have had a great deal of support from the Armenian Ministry of Education, who view this as a very important part of the country's development,” Mr Lundquist says.

He is now running his fourth Tempus project. For project Armenqa, he has received the equivalent of almost SEK 10 million. Those participating besides LiU include universities from Germany, Belgium and Denmark plus the Rumanian equivalent of the Swedish Higher Education Authority. As for the Armenians, six universities are participating, along with the Ministry of Education and educational and student organisations.

Tempus is an EU-financed collaboration programme in higher education, aimed at the countries neighbouring Europe to the east and south in the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa.

 

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