PetrSU Employees Completed a Training Course under the DIREKT Project
The participants of the course were awarded skill upgrading certificates upon the completion of the additional professional program “The English Language for Professional Communication”. The aim of the course was to improve the employee's foreign language competence in processing information in a foreign language and conversing with foreign teachers and students of the university.
Among the participants of the course were the employees of the Scientific Library, as well as the representatives of the Press Service and Creative Laboratory of PetrSU. Altogether 14 people took the course.
The classes were held by Nadezhda Shablikova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of the English Language of the Institute of Foreign Languages.
“The only challenge in working with a group of employees is the difference in levels. Some have come to study English from scratch, others already had some knowledge. Yet, I felt at ease. Everyone was receptive, responsible and focused on the tasks. We will continue our classes,” said Nadezhda Shablikova.
The English language courses are the first module of the Erasmus+ project DIRECT: Developing transregional information literacy for lifelong education and the knowledge economy, implemented at Petrozavodsk State University. The principal goal of the project is to develop information literacy among students, teachers, and employees of the university and the people of the region in general.
In the framework of the project and under the guidance of European experts, participating universities develop study modules that introduce search strategies, teach how to process, assess and disseminate information, as well as upgrade existing modules on academic writing in the English language.
Such modules have been launched in all partner-universities on the basis of the specific requirements of each university. Russian partners of the project are National Research Ogarev Mordovia State University (coordinator in Russia), Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Far Eastern Federal University. Among the EU participants are Technical University of Dresden, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (Slovakia), as well as non-governmental organizations competent in the field of information literacy, such as The Pyramid Group (Germany), and non-commercial partnership NEIKON (Moscow). The project also involves a group of universities in Kazakhstan and China: Kostanay State University, Kazakh Argo Technical University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Beijing University of Technology, Northwestern Polytechnical University, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology.
At Petrozavodsk State University the DIREKT project has become one of the partner-projects of the Flagship University Development Program. It is implemented jointly with the strategic development projects “Provision of “Soft” Security, Development of Transboundariness and Good Neighborliness in the European North and the Arctic” and the events under the Human Resource Capacity Development program.
“We have started working on the DIREKT project before PetrSU received the status of the Flagship University, but it fits nicely in the Flagship University Development Program. In the framework of the project, we address several crucial issues. First of all, we bring together and combine effort of the expert community in the partner-universities, and establish internship sites for the development of a diverse skill set among the target audience. Together we develop modern electronic resources that reflect the requirements of the European system of academic performance record of students while studying on a general education program or an ECTS course,” noted the Vice-Rector for International Affairs of PetrSU Marina Gvozdeva.
The second stage of the project dedicated to testing the study modules on information literacy will start in the second term at the Institute of Foreign Languages.
The DIREKT Project is carried out in the framework of the ERASMUS+ program, which has financial support from EU and will last three more years.
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