International forum “European higher education area: agenda to move forward” that took place on 16-20 May 2017 provided a platform for a number of activities aimed at discussing opportunities for participating in European educational and research programmes as well as practical aspects of preparing and carrying out projects and studying best-practice examples. The forum attracted over 150 representatives from the Russian and European universities and organizations, including 25 international guests and more than 70 participants from 35 Russian regions from Kaliningrad to Yakutia.
International conference “Europe at the crossroads – XXI century” dedicated to the 25th anniversary of European Studies in Russia and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome was the key event held in the framework of the forum. The conference was attended by leading European and Russian experts in the field of European studies. The key issues concerning development of European civilization such as European identity, ethnic and cultural diversity in the context of changing Europe, geopolitical interests and search for new borders were discussed during the conference.
Training seminar “Implementation of European projects: financial and administrative issues” aimed at studying aspects concerning finances and management in the EU-funded projects was carried out by Mr Alain Labatut, European expert in the field of project management (regional government of Andalusia, Spain). The best practice experience was presented afterwards on the examples of successful Erasmus+ and TEMPUS projects, namely “HARMONY”, “InterEULawEast”, “COMPLETE”, and projects implemented at VSU in the framework of Jean Monnet Actions (“ProEU”, “EXE PRS”, “PolidEU”, “EULap”, “EUMig” and “SHEXP”).
Students’ forum “Academic mobility from the perspective of Russian students: new opportunities” took place on 18-19 May in the framework of EHE PRS project. During the event the presentations were made by the international guests. They were Mr Rafael Wagner, manager of the Study Abroad Office of the International Centre of the University of Seville (Spain); Ms Camille Dulor, head of the International Relations Office of the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (France); Dr Maria Catroga, executive coordinator of the International Relations Office of the Polytechnical Institute of Tomar (Portugal); Prof. Jozsef Goretity, head of the Institute of Slavic Philology of Debrecen University (Hungary).