International workshop “Initial and further education for educationalists and educational managers. Strategies for sustainable development” took place in Link Campus University, Rome, from September 20to 24, 2015. The workshop was held within the project “Initial and Further Education and Training for Educationalists and Managers in Education in the field of Diversity” (543873-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-DE-TEMPUS-JPCR). Representatives from partner universities from Germany, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine participated in the workshop, so that discussion of main problems and prospects of inclusive education had an international character.
Colleagues from Link Campus University Professor Alessandro Figus, Dr Diana Spulber, project managers Professor Olga Graumann and Professor Michael Pevsner opened the workshop.
Participation of rectors from the 3 countries made the event even more interesting. Viktor Weber, Rector of Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University (Russia); Nikolay Skiba, Rector of Khmelnitsky National University (Ukraine) and Aleksey Egorov, Rector of Vitebsk State University (Belarus) addressed the colleagues with a welcome speech at the beginning of the workshop.
Workshop started with the report of project research supervisor Professor Michael Pevsner on “Sustainable project growth in times of political unrest with reference to educational policy at universities”.
He was followed by project manager Professor Olga Graumann and her report on “Sustainability of project results through spreading”
On the first day, teams worked on defining target groups of inclusive environment in educational institutions.
On the second day, project manager Professor Olga Graumann reported on “Creating an inclusive environment in universities”.
Petr Petryakov with Irina Ushanova moderated afterwards a team group project “Creating an inclusive environment in universities”. The task for the teams was to solve certain issues and to define steps on creating an inclusive environment in universities considering interests of different target groups. The colleagues worked in 4 groups: “managers”, “teachers”, “students” and “school graduates”.
After team discussion, participants of the workshop split the steps into six stages: preproduction, organization-technological stage, conceptual stage, creation of an inclusive corporate university policy, creation of a support system for students with special educational needs, networking.
Team representatives delivered then short reports and commented on the results of the team work. Last task was to evaluate the degree of implementation for every step and to fill in the analytic tables.
Summing-up this work, Dr Diana Spulber told about the book “Inclusive education in Eastern and Western Europe”. Referring to sustainable development of inclusive models in Link Campus University, Professor Alessandro Figus wrapped the second day up.
Workshop ended up with the meeting of project coordinators Professor Olga Graumann and Professor Michael Pevsner. Representatives from partner universities analyzed current state of the project and discussed next implementation steps for the events planned and results achieved.