University College Dublin (UCD), one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, was founded 160 years ago. Originally known as the Catholic University of Ireland and subsequently as the Royal University, the university became UCD in 1908 and a constituent college of the National University of Ireland (NUI). In 1997, UCD became an autonomous university within the loose federal structure of the NUI and UCD students are awarded degrees of the National University of Ireland.
From August 22 to 26, 2016, UCD hosted an international conference ECER 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers". ECER is the leading annual conference in educational research taking place in Europe. Each year it is attended by more than 2 000 participants. This year 2 595 participants registered for the conference.
The work of the ECER conference is organised in central events (plenary sessions, panel discussions, central workshops, etc.) and in 32 different scientific networks dealing with topical issues in education.
Prof. Ineta Luka attended the conference and presented the project in Network 11 „Educational Improvement and Quality Assurance”. The report is available on: http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/print/conference/21/contribution/36994/
The participants highly evaluated the project outputs and the European added value the project has created.
Dr.paed. Ineta Luka, Professor
Manager of Turiba University team
After much delay and uncertainty, the event finally took place at the Edge School in the University of Essex in Colchester on 17 August 2016.
The Edge Hotel School runs a BA course in Hotel Management. It is completed in 2 years so there are no holidays. They continue for the two years uninterrupted.
It means that the course is very intense and for this reason, languages do not form part of the main course. However, students are encouraged to follow a language at the university, which is on the same site.
August is the height of the holiday season in Britain and, despite invitations sent to many hotels, none of them were willing to spare any of their staff.
However the students of the Edge Hotel School do all their training in a real hotel: the Wyvenhoe House Hotel which is one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the East of England. It has no staff of its own, apart for the Hotel Manager and Finance Manager. The students are the staff.
The participants included teachers from Essex University and the Edge Hotel School and some of their senior students. The photographer was only available for a specific length of time.
Each student spends a series of 7-week sessions working in the hotel doing different jobs, so they can be regarded as hotel staff. For this reason those attending the event entered their names on the attendance sheet, along with the vice-principal who was formally a hotel manager.
Since I am alone in Primrose Publishing, I had no option but to present every session on my own, although the vice-principal attended throughout and was as helpful as he could be. He is very enthusiastic about our materials and is keen to exploit them.
A young intern, spending his university vacation working at the Edge Hotel School, was able to take photographs.
The programme outlining the content of the event is attached. It is a real shame that none of the important invitees was able to attend.
I have agreed with the head of the University Languages Department that I will run a training session for them during the coming term so they will be able to see all the language material that we have created and which they will be free to use in their teaching.
Primrose Publishing Ltd
ECER (European Conference on Educational Research) is the leading education conference in Europe organised annually since 1992.
The aim of the ‘European Conference on Educational Research’ is to create an inclusive platform for initiating, reporting, discussing and promoting high quality educational research, that not only acknowledges its own context but also recognises wider, transnational contexts with their social, cultural and political similarities and differences. The conference is organised for emerging, as well as experienced, researchers and builds on and promotes free and open dialogue and critical discussion. It has a comprehensive approach to theory, methods, arguments, findings and research ethics http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer-2016-dublin/.
ECER 2016 "Leading Education: The Distinct Contributions of Educational Research and Researchers" will take place at University College Dublin from 22-26 August, 2016.
Professor Ineta Luka, Turiba University, Latvia, has written a paper based on the piloting results and course evaluation of the project outputs in the partner countries and the paper is published in the online Conference Proceedings. The paper is available on: http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/print/conference/21/contribution/36994/ and on our project webpage in section for public documents: Project presentation in the leading education conference in Europe
The second multiplier event within the Erasmus+ project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff” (Project No: 2014-1-HR01-KA2014-007224) was held in Miercurea Ciuc on 8th June 2016.
The aim of this seminar at Sapientia University was to show what project partners have achieved to do in the project and to gauge reactions and to help identify any weaknesses or problems in the materials. The “products” of the project have been presented in English but the material demonstrated has covered the full range of twelve languages, in our case, especially Hungarian and Romanian.
In all, 44 participants attended the event and signed the attendance sheet. Out these participants, 30 stakeholders took part: 18 teachers from the schools and universities of the region and 12 industry representatives.
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony, coordinator of the Sapientia team, introduced each of the partners and their institutions, and explained the different parts of the project in which each partner has taken responsibility. She has outlined the structure of the project, highlighted the work carried out and briefly presented each of the modules that has been created.
In order to offer a practical demonstration of the different “products” of the project, the Internet has been used to display the project web-site and the learning program, also showing how the digital maps can be used to get information requested by guests and how the apps can be integrated into the process to help the front-desk clerk know how to provide answers in the guest’s own language. In this line, the Front Desk computer programmes were presented by Zsuzsanna Dégi, who also explained why these can be helpful not only for those working in the tourism industry, but also for language teachers or anyone interested because the displaying screen allows sentences with the same meaning but in different languages to be compared for linguistic purpose. The smartphone apps were presented by Dr. Tünde Nagy who also urged participants to try out the application on their own phones on the spot. The digital maps were presented in detail by Dr. Enikő Tankó and they were much enjoyed by the invited guests due to their colourful look and available information that can be accessed by clicking on the respective hotpoints. Finally, the learning platform was presented by Dr. Enikő Pál in three languages (English, Hungarian and Romanian), who demonstrated the wide range of topics and types of exercises both in the A2/B1 and the B2/C1 modules of the course material.
Both after each presentation and at the end of the event, the invited stakeholders asked questions and were encouraged to try and later use the various materials. The meeting ended with an open discussion.
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony
Project coordinator of Sapientia University team
The first multiplier event within the Erasmus+ project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff” (Project No: 2014-1-HR01-KA2014-007224) held in Genoa was called “Presentation of the Erasmus+ project and use of Smartphone Apps and Front Desk 4 program”.
This multiplier event was planned in accordance with another important meeting of the APCI organisation of ‘chefs de cuisine’. The period of the workshop was chosen deliberately to be connected with it in order to invite as many stakeholders as possible and many teachers as well.
The aim of the workshop was to present to stakeholders and teachers from the local area both the project itself and the materials that it had been produced up to the point of the meeting. Its additional aim was to gauge reactions and to help identify any weaknesses or problems in the materials.
The computer software and the smartphone apps were presented by Daniela Poggi to an audience made up mainly of stakeholders from many industries (hotels, restaurants, bars and associations connected to tourism industry) and cookery and bar tending teachers. These teachers were personally interested in the project, while many of them teach secondary school pupils, who will be future employees in the tourism and catering sectors.
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Angelo Capizzi the headmaster of IPSSA Nino Bergese, greeted the participants and introduced the representatives of APCI. This was followed by a presentation of the project by Daniela Poggi in which she presented the learning material using the Moodle software. Daniela also showed the participants the computer software, the interactive maps and the smartphone apps. The stakeholders and teachers put questions to the presenters and were encouraged to try and later use the various materials. The meeting ended with an open discussion.
Project manager of IPSSA Nino Bergese
On June 28-29, 2016 Turiba University organized its annual strategic seminar for the University management in a resort town Apsuciems, close to Riga. During the seminar different administrative and academic issues were discussed and the strategic priorities and tasks for the next study year were set.
The head of the Language Department Prof. Ineta Luka explained to Turiba University management – vice rector in Academic and Scientific Affairs Mr.Ivars Namatevs, vice rector in International Affairs Mr.Imants Bergs, head of the Department of Business Administration assoc.prof. Rosita Zvirgzdina, head of the Department of Communication Sciences Dr.Inese Runce, the vice dean of the Law Faculty Ms.Ivita Kisnica, the head of External Relations Ms.Inese Raiba, the head of the Study Information Centre and the Youth Hostel Ms.Iluta Ernstsone how the work at projects is organized and how the project outputs can be used in the study process and in developing Turiba University employees’ language competence. Since the University is expanding its international borders, it is essential to enhance the employees’ English language competence and the project outputs can serve as a useful tool for this. It was decided to organize a seminar for the University staff and introduce the project outputs to those University employees who are in daily contact with international students.
Dr.paed. Ineta Luka, Professor
Turiba University project manager