| SHORT REPORT
Abo Akademi University
Tempus Project Coordinatorís Meeting
room 418, Hanken, Henriksgatan 7, Turku, Finland
Thursday, November 20, 2003
In attendance: Irina Tsvigoun, Elena Meteleva (Bajkalsky State University
of Economics and Law, Irkutsk), Oleg Khomutov, Viktor Dmitriev (Polzunov
Altai State Technical University, Barnaul), Murat Guzairov, Larisa
Ismagilova (Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Ufa), Vladimir
Likhobabin, Tatyana Malovichko (Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics
and Law, Khabarovsk), Phil Davies (College of Further Education, Plymouth),
Iona Evans (University of Luton, Luton), Lars Hassel, Hans-Erik Krokfors,
Anna Samsonova (Abo Akademi University, Turku).
Guest: Monica Nylund, International Office at Abo Akademi University.
Discussion of the project activities and planned outcomes
The first-day discussion was devoted to the activities and planned
outcomes of the project. The discussion began with Tatyana Malovichkoís
(Project coordinator) presentation about whatís planned to be accomplished
by the end of the project and how every participating institution
is supposed to make its contribution. She then presented the list
of the courses that Russian partners will develop during all three
years of the project implementation paying special attention to the
courses for the first year. During the discussion project participants
made some changes in the original list. The issue of course and program
accreditation was also discussed.
Discussion of the visits of the Russian academic staff to Europe
In order to ensure the effective work abroad itís better if Russian
universities have one person interpreting at every university in Europe.
To make it possible participants agreed to reduce the period of academic
staff stay abroad (from 3 weeks as it was stated in the project application
to 2 weeks) in order to be able to bring from Russia one additional
person for interpretation to every of Universities in Europe (totally
4 interpreters from Russia to Europe the first year). Then the participants
decided on the period of academic staff visits from Russia to Europe.
Presentation by the Head of International Office
Ms. Monica Nylund at the International office at Abo Akademi University
made a speech on the Universityís international activities and ongoing
projects. She also gave a small presentation of Abo Akademi University
as one of Finlandís Swedish speaking universities.
Discussion of the Budget
Lars Hassel went through the budget to make sure that every participant
has an idea how much money may be spent on every activity. Lars also
mentioned that salaries for performing administrative and academic
tasks were calculated basing on the EC average rates.
The reporting principles were also given additional attention. It
was especially emphasized that project participants should keep the
records of the project activities on date-to-date basis to make sure
that when needed the quality reports are submitted to the EC on time.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Guest: Pr. Olle Anckar, vice-rector of Abo Akademi University
The discussion continued on issues that needed to be further clarified.
Pr. Olle Anckar made a short presentation of system of education
in Finland as well as provided insight into historical background
of Abo Akademi University, its structure, profile, prospects and plans
for the future.
The meeting was adjourned at 13:00. It was decided that the next
meeting will be next year in one of the universities in the UK.