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Working meeting of BCBU+ project team fruitfully held in Narvik, Norway


June 05-06, 2012 at Narvik University College, Norway, a working meeting of the coordinators of the international project BCBU+(BCBU Development Project) was held. The project is funded by the programme Kolarctic-ENPI. The meeting agenda covered three main issues: the project internal evaluation, the first year interim results discussion and nearest activities plan to achieve the objectives for the next project stage.

It is worth to be mentioned that an experienced project expert from Finland invited to Narvik to make general assessment of the project activities highly appreciated all university-partners’ collaborative work related to preparing and hosting a number of advanced training courses for university-partners administrative and teaching staff. As an outcome of participation in the training educational programs of University of Oulu, Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk and Murmansk State Humanities University within the period of 2011-2012 about 12 teachers from MSTU raised their professional competencies in the sphere of distance learning administration, teaching in the terms of cross border environment and specific science and research English language skills improvement. Additionally, the majority of Russian university-partners were able to have purchased specialized equipment for distance learning education. Thus, the so-called Virtual Class is supposed to start working in MSTU Institute of Distance Learning in the first days of a new academic year.
As far as the partner universities confirmed a list of the following activities was expected to be arranged until the end of 2012: one more training course for the teaching staff of the project partners in Petrozavodsk; Barents Cross Border University Master Programs and e-learning best practices study-guide development; and further improvement and implementation of on-line programs into study process.
The coordinators meeting was attended by the project partners from Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Northern State Medical University, Murmansk State Humanitarian University, Murmansk State Technical University, Luleå Technological University, Lapland University, University of Oulu, Narvik University College. MSTU was represented by Ekaterina Zvonkova, project secretary.