Erasmus+ FRIENDS


PROJECT TITLE

Furthering International Relations Capacities and Intercultural Engagement to Nurture Campus Diversity and to Support Internationalization at Home (FRIENDS)

The FRIENDS project title stands for Furthering International Relations Capacities and Intercultural Engagement to Nurture Campus Diversity and to Support Internationalisation at Home. The FRIENDS project is built around the concept of Internationalisation at Home (IaH) that reframes the traditional perceptions of HE internationalisation in the five Partner Countries involved in the project, namely Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The notion of IaH is based on the assumption that for various reasons the largest part of universities’ student body will always remain non-mobile and therefore deprived from access to global knowledge and skills.

Objectives

  1. To outline PC HEIs’ internationalization landscapes and to identify levels of integration of international and intercultural dimensions into PC HEIs’ formal and informal curriculum: by April 2019.
  2. To improve PC HEIs’ capabilities for internationalization through staff trainings and by translating general awareness of the Internationalization at Home (IaH) concept into streamlined institutional policies and actions embedded in IaH Action Plans: by November 2019.
  3. To build students’ intercultural knowledge and sensitivity to cultural diversity through the introduction of Intercultural Passport virtual module into PC HEIs’ elective formal curriculum: by 07.2020
  4. To transform PC HEIs International Relations Offices (IROs) into vibrant multicultural focal points through the establishment of FRIENDS Teahouses and the induction of Home away from Home Programme for integrated international student care: by February 2021.
  5. To promote virtual mobility and campus diversity across the 5 PCs as key tools for students’ global competence development: by November 2021.

Project Number
598652-EPP-1-2018-1-BG-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP

Project Period
2018 to 2021

Project Website
http://erasmusplusfriends.eu/ 

FRIENDS Project Partners

Partner Institution Country City
VISSHE UCHILISHTE PO MENIDZHMAN BULGARIA VARNA
BUDAPESTI METROPOLITAN EGYETEM HUNGARY BUDAPEST
POLITECHNIKA SLASKA POLAND GLIWICE
ISTANBUL AYDIN UNIVERSITESI VAKFI TURKEY KUCUKCEKMECE ISTANBUL
ROYAL THIMPHU COLLEGE BHUTAN THIMPHU
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT BHUTAN THIMPHU
SVAY RIENG UNIVERSITY CAMBODIA SVAY RIENG
DEWEY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY CAMBODIA BATTAMBANG
ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SDN BHD MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR
BERJAYA HIGHER EDUCATION SDN. BHD. MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR
SAINT LOUIS COLLEGE, INCORPORATED PHILIPPINES BAGUIO CITY
UNIVERSITY OF CEBU, INC PHILIPPINES CEBU
CEBU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY ARGADCEBU CAMPUS PHILIPPINES CEBU CITY
PRINCE OF SONGKLA UNIVERSITY THAILAND HAT YAI
PAYAP UNIVERSITY THAILAND CHIANG MAI
MAHASARAKHAM UNIVERSITY THAILAND MAHA SARAKHAM

Contact (Project Coordinator)
International Cooperation Department
Varna University of Management
Christina.armutlieva@vumk.eu                                                       

Contact (BERJAYA UC)
buc.friends@berjaya.edu.my

FRIENDS NEWSLETTER VOL.1 
https://erasmusplusfriends.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1st-FRIENDS-Newsletter.pdf

FRIENDS brochure can be downloaded
https://erasmusplusfriends.eu/friends-brochure/

Home Away From Home Program Translation in Bahasa Melayu
Home Away From Home_Malay Ver 2021_V2

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