From Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th of December 2019, project partners met in Rennes to hold a transnational meeting, two years after the beginning of the project. This meeting was the occasion for partners to meet again, to exchange good practices and to pursue the project activities.
Objectives of this week:
- Project management : assessment of achieved activities and planning of events to come
- Workshops and trainings linked to the project activities : online learning, microbiology and food hygiene, vegetable production in greenhouses, rural development
- Visit of a technological facility : STLO technological platform for milk transformation
Among the partners involved: 7 lecturers from Agrocampus Ouest, 6 lecturers from Mongolia, 2 lecturers from Mongolia and 1 lecturer from Spain.
The following week, 2 lecturers from Mongolia stayed in Rennes to follow a microbiology and food analysis advanced training. They will then adapt the training to their own courses back in Mongolia. At the same period, 2 other delegates from Mongolia went to Spain (USC, Spain) to work with USC partners on e-learning and technological platform use.
October 2019: Complementary training period in Mongolia conducted by the Romanian partner
July 2019: Training period in Mongolia conducted by the Romanian partner
June 2019: Training period in Spain for Mongolian partners
The main objectives of this mid-project transnational meeting from April 22 to 27 of 2019 was to assess the progress realised by the Mongolian partners and to discuss about the management of the project. This event was the occasion to see that some of the equipment purchased was already in use at this time of the project.
Moreover, it was the first “face-to-face” encounter of the new project manager from the coordinating institution with the Mongolian partners and GERES staff in the country. Most of the discussions were about the management of the project and the pursuit of the activities.
January 2019: Training period in Romania for Mongolian partners
For this exploratory visit in Mongolia, a delegation from EU landed in Mongolia on June 11 of 2018, for one week of work. This delegation was composed of 3 managers, 2 lecturers and 1 administrative staff from France, and 1 lecturer from Romania.
During this week of encounters and activities, they visited the 3 partner universities and especially the departments of the Mongolian staff involved. The European delegates also met with rectors and vice-presidents of the concerned departments.
This meeting was an opportunity for the Mongolian partners to show their facilities (laboratories and existing online learning equipment at MUST) and explain how they intended to apply the project strategy.
Staff from GERES, another partner of the project who work directly in Mongolia, has built a solar passive greenhouse for MULS. The EU delegation assisted to the inauguration of this greenhouse, in presence of representatives of the French Embassy in Mongolia.
The official kick-off meeting of the project took place in France from March 11th to 17th of 2018, with the visit of a Mongolian delegation to the coordinating institution, Agrocampus-Ouest. The 15 delegates were from all three partners universities in Mongolia (NUM, MUST and MULS) and were in majority lecturers, with also technicians and administrative staff. During their stay in Rennes, they met with the French staff (lecturers and administrative) and the project coordinator, who reminded them the general objectives of the project.
This event of official encounter was also an opportunity to begin to work concretely on the project activities. That is why the project team organised several meetings with lecturers and visit of technical equipment, with a focus on these activities:
- Development of online learning in Mongolia: visit of technical equipment available in Brittany at the Université Bretagne Loire facilities, discussions about the strategy of online learning implementation in Mongolia
- Creation of career centres in Mongolia: presentation of the interest of developing relationships between universities and private companies and of supporting the students in their development of soft skills to find their future job
- Management of the project and planning of the next activities to come