Coordinators of all consortium members of the above mentioned project met for the first time from February 4th -8th 2014 at the University of Hildesheim (Germany) in the form of a workshop. The consortium includes 20 universities and other educational institutions from 7 Western and Eastern European countries.
The conference was officially opened by the President of the University of Hildesheim Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Uwe Friedrich, followed by a lecture of the head of the project Prof. Dr. Olga Graumann (Germany) and the project manager Prof. Dr. Michael Pevsner (Russia) about “Diversity as a pedagogical challenge” at which the main aims of the project was given The conference was mainly focused on three topics: facilities for the centres of excellence, tasks and activities in the project for every institution, and implementation of Master curricula. Within the four days of the workshop in Elze (Germany) the consortiums members coordinates the realization of the project work and assembled a detailed plan of their coming work.
Auxiliary tools for hearing- and visually impaired people acquired for the centre of excellence facilities were demonstrated in the presentation held out by company KIND, culminating in visiting an exhibition at the State Education Centre for the Blind in Hannover. The mayor of Hannover welcomed the project members and introduced them to the representatives of the companies in question.
All consortium members received from the management team booklets with the activities planned and resources to be organized. The first discussion resulted in initial planning and solving some issues. A working group under guidance of the Academy of Further Education (St. Petersburg) started with the first issue: “Data collection to meet special needs of children and young people”. Under project management supervision, participants discussed with the coordinators the activities enlisted in the booklets. For the next conference in May in Novgorod (Russia) all representatives were asked to contribute to the networking.
Prof. Dr. Roza Shereizina, the Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University (Russia), informed on implementation of the Master course in educational management “Educational management focused on Diversity”, which can be considered as a model of the project Master course. Prof. Dr. Aleksander Schirin and Prof. Dr. Pjetr Petrjakow gave an introduction into the planned activities of the first project year and Prof. Dr. Michael Pevsner gave advises for the consortium members
The conference participants also visited The German Management Academy of Lower Saxony (Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen) in Celle to find out the possibilities of a training course for graduates majoring in management.