The Business and Technology University, as part of the BTU Global initiative, is hosting an unprecedented International Teaching Week in the region from November 30 to December 3. The university has invited academic staff from various worldwide universities to participate in the remote-mode International Teaching Week within BTU GLOBAL 2021.
The Covid-19 crisis has hastened significant changes in higher education and brought new types of collaboration to the agenda of higher education institutions globally. As such, International Teaching Week, organized by Business and Technology University, is a fantastic opportunity to deliver lectures not only to BTU students and faculty, but also to your university community and other attendees around the world.
The main purpose of the event is to provide students and staff with international experience at home, as well as to enable them to share insights, experiences, and practices of today’s international higher education and the current global circumstances. BTU believes that it is in everyone’s best interests and that virtual lectures become another way for people to collaborate and share their knowledge.
The following study/teaching areas could be the focus of lectures to be offered:
To learn more about the International Teaching Week, Georgia Today sat down with Ani Chelishvili, Head of International Relations Office Erasmus + Institutional Coordinator.
What is the purpose of the International Teaching Week?
In remote mode, professors from leading universities around the world, students of BTU and participating universities, academic and administrative staff will be offered a wide range of lectures on intercultural communication, digital transformation, management, marketing, information technology, and finance. In addition to sharing best practices and experiences, students and staff participating in the week will have a wonderful opportunity to establish international contacts.
Who will participant in the Teaching Week?
Besides BTU students and lecturers, professors, students and researchers from the following countries and universities will take part:
University of Louisiana Monroe (USA), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Humak University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Koblenz University of Applied Sciences (Germany), University of La Coruna (Spain), Cyprus University (Cyprus), Pontifical University of Salamanca (Spain), University of Salamanca (Spain), Jagiellonian University (Poland), Rzeszow University of Technology (Poland), Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland), Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Management and Economics (Poland), University of Szczecin (Poland), Ljubljana School of Business (Slovenia), University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava (Slovakia), Kactus Edu (Brazil), Selçuk University (Turkey), Baku Engineering University (Azerbaijan), Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (Ukraine), CHRIST, Delhi-NCR (India), Srinivas University India (India), and the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) University (India).
How will this week help students in the future?
Establishing international contacts and sharing experiences and best practices is the main reason behind organizing the week. Consequently, in parallel with the improvement of academic knowledge, students will have the opportunity to find new international contacts, which in the future will significantly improve their opportunities to study and/or work in the international arena.
Tell us more about the lectures. What topics will be discussed during the Training Week?
We have offered 6 different modules:
A General Module, which combines lectures on Intercultural Communications, Cross-Cultural Management, Internationalization of HEIs, and the Art of Storytelling;
Module 1: Digitalization;
Module 2: Finance;
Module 3: Management;
Module 4: Information Technologies;
Module 5: Marketing.
This is the first time such a large-scale International Teaching Week has been held in the region. What will be the result?
Yes, the International Teaching Week that we have organized is unprecedented in the region. We are confident that such events will help raise the awareness of BTU, integrate students and staff into the international educational space, and internationalize the University, which is an important and leading pillar of its Strategic Development Plan.
What are the future plans of the Business and Technology University?
In spite of just a few years of history, the Business and Technology University is actively and successfully working towards internationalization. Many important steps have already been taken in this direction, and we plan to organize very interesting international activities in the future, including BTU Quantum and International Staff Training Weeks. In addition, we have recently received funding for a very exciting Jean Monnet Module Renewable Energy project, which is BTU’s second Jean Monnet project. At the same time, we are coordinating about 40 different international projects and this number will increase even more at the end of this year.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze