In Syria, a visit to the University of Kalamoon took place on the 11th of March 2015. The visit aimed at introducing the MATRE goals and objectives to the other Syrian universities and to disseminate MATRE future activities. Moreover, the visit also included a lecture on “How to publish in international journals”. The number of attendees in this event exceeded 30 persons who were mainly staff members and students.
This workshop was arranged on 17th March at Damascus University and discussed two main issues: The process of teaching research methods and Preparing a booklet on preparing dissertations. Dr. Raslan Khadour (Dean of the faculty) opened the workshop in the presence of the Minister of Higher Education and the President of Damascus University.
Dr. Riad Abdulraouf (Damascus University) presented the French Universities experience on teaching research methods while Dr. Sulaiman Mouselli (IUST) presented the questionnaire results on research environment at Damascus University prepared at WP1 of MATRE.
A monitoring visit of the project MATRE took place on Friday 13 February at 10:00 at MUBS. It was the first visit to this project and the progress made in the project’s implementation had been presented to Tempus officer in Lebanon.
The following issues had been investigated:
1. Surveys conducted and analysis of results
2. Identification of training needed
3. Centers (recognized, established and equipped)
4. Disseminating the centers’ activities
5. Networking with and workshop for business sector
6. Know-how for running centers
7. Dissemination activities (webpage, press releases, media coverage)
8. Internal quality control and monitoring
9. Management of the project
Oldenburg University and Universidad de Alicante organized at 23-24 of February 2015 the MATRE final preparation workshop (D2.2) to present the completed activities and discuss the content and the actions to be made to ensure the success of the LB/SY MATRE centers. Moreover, this preparation workshop had the second project consortium meeting in which UA presented the quality plan. The consortium discussed also all the important aspects to complete the intermediate report by considering any suggestions and improvements to the outputs and outcomes that will be carried out during the funded period of this TEMPUS project.
A visit to similar centers at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and a quality control meeting had been successfully taken place at 19-21 of January 2015. Three Lebanese (2 from MUBS and 1 from LU) and seven Syrian (2 from AIU, 2 from IUST, 2 from DA and 1 from SCB) staff members, 2 staff members from VGTU, 1 staff member from UA and one student representative from MUBS attended this visit. Discussion about training areas required by the Lebanese and Syrian colleagues took place and the consortium agreed upon seven training areas to be conducted by the EU partners. Moreover, visits to Offis Institute for Information Technology, Next Energy and Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Oldenburg (TGO) took place in this visit. That includes several presentations about start-up initiatives in Oldenburg besides presenting the linkage between academia and business. A draft of the quality plan had been presented in this meeting as well as a core for the overall quality plan that will be presented in the next consortium meeting in UA at 23-24.02.2015.
A visit to similar center at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University had been successfully taken place at 12-13 of November 2014. Four Lebanese and six Syrian staff members attended this visit. Presentation about scientific research activities at VGTU and business management faculty had been presented by colleagues from VGTU. This is besides visits to the VGTU institutes and laboratories, sunrise valley science and technology park and several presentations about start-up initiatives from VGTU. Managerial issues related to the implementation of this project were also discussed in the second day of this visit.
Two Syrian partners had the chance to attend the first Syrian Erasmus+ National Information Day, Damascus University on the 10th of November 2014. The participants from the project were: Dr. Sulaiman Mouselli (IUST) and Dr. Riad Abdulraouf (DU). They presented MATRE project at that day.
A visit to similar center at the University of Alicante had been successfully taken place at 23-24 of September 2014. Four Lebanese and Five Syrian staff members attended this visit. Presentation about university organization in relation to research, technology transfer and UA model Besides fundraising of research and cooperation projects had been presented by colleagues from the University of Alicante. This is besides a visit to the technological transfer park and the institute for international economics at UA. Managerial issues were also discussed in the second day of this visit.
Oldenburg University and Modern University for Business and Science had successfully organized at 03-04. September 2014 a MATRE Steering Committee Meeting and a seminar to present and discuss the studies’ results of WP1 at Beirut, Lebanon. The main aim behind this meeting was to have the second follow-up management meeting of the European and target partners to present the results of the WP1 and discuss any further suggestions and improvements to the outputs and outcomes that will be carried out during the funded period of this TEMPUS project.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organized an Mobilis in Mobili on the 4th of June 2014 in Berlin to provide an opportunity for higher education experts from Germany, the EHR and the EHR’s neighborhood countries to share and discuss experiences and observations related to staff mobility in higher education. Dr. Tariq Mahmoud from the University of Oldenburg provided some good practices from the funded Tempus projects to overcome challenges and obstacles related to the administrative and technical staff mobility within and from/to the EHEA.