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MARCO POLO: an opportunity for a mutual learning

The objective of WP2 is to provide IRO's staff with specific skills and knowledge related to a proper management and administration of their offices. This will be implemented with 4 trainings prepared by EU HEI staff members of the project.

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1st Training Module

Last 24th to 28th of July 2017, was celebrated the first Training Module: Organisation and Management of IRO of MARCO POLO's project. The event was held in Songkla (Thailand) in the facilities of PSU and was conducted by two professional experts of the FHJ. The aims of this training were studying different structures of an IRO and its functioning, possible services to students and university community, organisation of work and institutional implementation.

The organization of this 1st Training Module was considered and evaluated in a very positive way for all the assistants, as well as the sessions and materials delivered so far. In the first place, the adequate support provided by PSU as hosting partner and a good level of assistance conducted by FHJ regarding the quality of the training contents, that were highly appreciated.

The possibility of sharing and exchanging good practices was highlighted as the most positive aspect of the activity. It is worth mentioning the importance that partners give to the opportunity for HEIs to learn from each other in about the management and internationalisation of IRO.

2nd training module

The 2nd training, International Cooperation Agreements and Networks, was organised from the 20th until 25th of August at USM, Penang (Malaysia). In this case, the partner in charge of conducting it was HWU.

During the week, different activities related to the internationalization issue were made. For the implementation of the training, a workshop was held where participants could learn more about topics such as internationalisation with a critical overview; setting criteria for agreements and making approaches to partners; social media in internationalisation work; the language and formats of agreements; negotiating partnerships; and institutional strategies for internationalisation work. The partners that participated in this training also made presentations on the networking and internationalisation approaches of their own institutions.

Attendants considered the activity as very useful and appreciated this training was another good occasion to stablish synergies and new acquaintances among partners.

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Dissemination of Marco Polo Project

With the aim of bringing MARCO POLO's project closer to other educational institutions, some of the partners are contributing to disseminate the project in their own countries.

During the orientation week for the new academic year, that took place last August at PTIT, our colleagues presented MARCO POLO project to an estimated audience of 4,000 guests including 3,200 first year students, over 700 students from their 2nd years of University, academic staff, guest speakers and also administration staff from PTIT.

Another example of dissemination comes from PSU. In August, our partners have attended an international expo entitled "21st Southern Higher Education Exhibition", where MARCO POLO project has been featured. This expo is an annual two day event, where national and regional EIs come together to exhibit their programs and activities to students.

Last but not least, our colleagues from HANU also took the chance in the Orientation week of their University, celebrated last August, to disseminate and talk about MARCO POLO. In this case the audience was composed by students in their first year, HANU staff and teachers from different faculties.

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