UNIMED, the UK NARIC (ECCTIS) and the Maltese NARIC (Malta Futher and Higher Education Authority), partners of the project PELIARQ, Promoting European-Levantine Internationalisation and Automatic Recognition of Qualifications, met in Malta on October 12th, 2021, to advance in their efforts to facilitate of cooperation between European Higher Education Institutions and their counterparts in the Levant.
The PELIARQ project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, aims at promoting cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean, specifically supporting European institutions in the collaboration with Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The objective of the project is twofold: to promote internationalisation opportunities for European universities with the Levant, providing a toolkit for internationalisation; and to draft a guidance document for an improved process of recognition of qualifications and more transparency around the higher education systems in Europe.
Starting from the idea that European HEIs may benefit from a clear guidance on the available opportunities in the Levant, and the ways in which these opportunities can be maximised, the PELIARQ project intends to develop:
- a Guidance Toolkit on internationalisation opportunities in the Levant, targeting admissions and international office staff in Europe. Guidance is for European HEIs seeking opportunities in the Levant, and/or needing information on the range of available internationalisation options for European universities in the region. It also aims to improve the integration of students from the Levantine region into the European Higher Education System.
- a Guidance on Levantine qualifications, qualification frameworks and credit systems, to support learning mobility between the EU and the Levant, including transitions between different levels of education.
In order to achieve the set otucomes, Partners started from a thorough needs analysis, reviewing current activities in the region and complimentary projects. The identification of needs led to a comprehesive desk research on the Higher Education sectors in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, focusing on internationalisation trends and policies, relevant stakeholders and resources, potential lines of future cooperation, funding schemes, and more.
Partners are now in the process of engaging stakeholders both from Europe and the Levant to complete the research process, validate outcomes and collect success stories.
To know more: https://www.uni-med.net/progetti/peliarq/