FRIENDS

A PSU Erasmus+ Project

Project Overview

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Acronym
FRIENDS
Specific Activity
Modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs
Contact (Project Coordinator)

International Cooperation Department
Varna University of Management
+359 885 398 62
christina.armutlieva@vumk.eu
(Christina Armutlieva)

Contact (PSU Partner)
International Affairs Office
Prince of Songkla University
66 74 446824
psu-international@psu.ac.th
List of Partners (Project Coordinator italicized)
Partner Institution Country City
VISSHE UCHILISHTE PO MENIDZHMANT BULGARIA VARNA
ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SDN BHD MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR
BERJAYA HIGHER EDUCATION SDN. BHD. MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR
BUDAPESTI METROPOLITAN EGYETEM HUNGARY BUDAPEST
CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY ARGADCEBU CAMPUS PHILIPPINES CEBU CITY
DEWEY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY CAMBODIA BATTAMBANG
ISTANBUL AYDIN UNIVERSITESI VAKFI TURKEY KUCUKCEKMECE ISTANBUL
MAHASARAKHAM UNIVERSITY THAILAND MAHA SARAKHAM
PAYAP UNIVERSITY THAILAND CHIANG MAI
POLITECHNIKA SLASKA POLAND GLIWICE
PRINCE OF SONGKLA UNIVERSITY THAILAND HAT YAI
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT BHUTAN THIMPHU
ROYAL THIMPHU COLLEGE BHUTAN THIMPHU
SAINT LOUIS COLLEGE, INCORPORATED PHILIPPINES BAGUIO CITY
SVAY RIENG UNIVERSITY CAMBODIA SVAY RIENG
UNIVERSITY OF CEBU, INC PHILIPPINES CEBU
Project Number
598652-EPP-1-2018-1-BG-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Grant Awarded (Euros)
999,626.00
Year
2018

Project Summary

The FRIENDS project supports PC HEIs’ internationalisation capabilities and campus diversity. The project’s chief goal is to develop PC HEIs students’ global competence through the integration of intercultural dimensions into universities’ formal and informal curriculum. The project is built around the concept of internationalisation at home (IaH) that shifts HEIs’ focus of attention from outbound to virtual mobility and on-campus intercultural engagement for the benefits of non-mobile students’ employability and global outlook.

The consortium combines the expertise of 4 Eastern European PrC HEIs in BG, HU, PL and TR, as well 12 PC HEIs from Asia, namely 2 in BT, 2 in KH, 2 in MY, 3 in PH and 3 in TH.

The following key results will be achieved through FRIENDS:

  1. Institutional IaH Action Plans adopted to streamline PC HEIs’ initiatives for IaH and to improve PC HEIs IROs staff and faculty’s capacities for internationalisation.
  2. Intercultural Passport virtual module designed and embedded into PC HEIs' elective curriculum to build students intercultural knowledge and sensitivity to cultural diversity. The Intercultural Passport is an innovative tool that combines virtual mobility and methodologies for validation of prior experiential learning evidenced through the means of digital storytelling. At least 180 PC HEIs students will be awarded an Intercultural Passport at FRIENDS initial phase.
  3. FRIENDS Teahouse social spaces established at 12 PC HEIs to function as student-friendly multicultural hubs that welcome diversity, and support the welfare of students with diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition, FRIENDS Teahouses will contribute to the improvement of overall university experience of PC HEIs’ students across campus.
  4. Home away from Home Programme induced as a model for integrated international student care and services. In the long run, the programme will contribute to the gradual increase of international and inbound students at the PC HEIs.

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