The sixth REBUS project Steering Committee meeting was hosted by European University of Tirana (EUT), in Tirana Albania during April 11-13, back to back to the International Conference “Albanian Studies Days 2019” and during the same week when EUT organized also International Fair.
SC meeting actually started with the study visit to Kruje on Thursday April 11, aiming to get familiar with the examples of developed private businesses (best entrepreneurship examples), so as specific cultural heritage of the hosting institution country. Two partners also participated in the International Fair for Cooperation and Exchange on April 10.
Figure 1 Craft production in Kruje
On Friday April 12 meeting started with the panel with the stakeholders, where the participants also included relevant representatives of the businesses and education, so as of the Albanian National Erasmus+ Office. The meeting was opened by Ermira Qosja and Ketrina Cabiri Mijo from EUT, after that REBUS project was briefly introduced by the project coordinator. Another presentation was given by Tim Scholze, who introduced the participants with the Level 5 competence validation system used in REBUS, so as the main reasons for targeting today competencies and not only knowledge. After that detailed discussion was developed, with participation of the most present stakeholders, most comments confirmed that the selection of REBUS objectives was made well and contributes to the better employability and self-employability of the graduates.
Figure 2 Stakeholders panel
Figure 3 Stakeholders panel
Figure 4 Stakeholders panel
After that the targeted SC meeting started with the meeting agenda review and adoption. Branko Vucijak who was chairing the meeting reminded that the project entered into its last implementation period of half a year at maximum, and that the primary focus of the meeting will be on remaining tasks and eventual remaining challenges for successful completion of the project. The agenda was reviewing progress and incoming activities and still needed deliverables to be completed, discussed were work package by work package, leaded by respective representatives of the WP leaders.
One more time special attention was paid to ensuring the sustainability of the REBUS project results. The introduced blended learning approach continues being practiced at partners. Project case studies, as well as the e-learning approach, were very successful and as a consequence more entrepreneurship topics are and will be gradually introduced in order to keep the learning experience high for the students. Partners also draw the conclusion from their implementation of the REBUS programme, that they will use more e-learning in future learning programmes.
During the whole meeting it was stressed by several partners that they really enjoyed the project implementation and that they would very gladly participate in its continuation, if such proposal would be submitted. Some of the partners expressed also their willingness to write such application, if being supported by more experienced partners.
Figure 5 REBUS Steering Committee meeting in Tirana
Figure 6 REBUS Steering Committee meeting in Tirana
Figure 7 REBUS Steering Committee meeting in Tirana
Figure 8 REBUS Steering Committee meeting in Tirana
The same day, at evening session from 18 till 20 h REBUS partners participated in the international Conference “Albanian Studies Days 2019” panel named “The Knowledge Society: Diagnostics And Prognoses”. One of the panelists was Tim Scholze, who presented the key concept targeted with the REBUS implementation at partner HEIs, with a presentation name “From Knowledge to Competences. Blended learning to support Competence Oriented Learning and Validation (in HE)”. This presentation was very well accepted, both by other panelists and by the wide audience (the room was completely full during the panel).
Figure 9 Tim Scholze at panel “The Knowledge Society: Diagnostics And Prognoses”
On Saturday April 13 parallel sessions of the Conference were organized, with 5-8 paper per each of the sessions lasting 90 minutes. REBUS project was very well presented, five new papers were submitted to the conference by the REBUS project partners and presentations were delivered at special session noted with REBUS logo.
Figure 10 REBUS partner presenting at the Tirana Conference
Figure 11 REBUS partner presenting at the Tirana Conference
Figure 12 REBUS partner presenting at the Tirana Conference
Figure 13 REBUS partner presenting at the Tirana Conference