Dr Neva Cebron, Professor of Linguistics and Intercultural Studies at the University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia, visited BSSS as part of the European Union Erasmus+ project, in the capacity of an Administrator and Faculty, from 5 February - 19 February 2018.
Meetings with the Principal
During her visit she had a series of meetings and interactions with the Principal, the Research Cell members, the teaching staff and students. Discussions with the Principal, Dr Fr John PJ were mostly centred around strengthening the ties between BSSS and University of Primorska. Exchange of ideas and experience in several areas of cooperation, such as collaborative research, student and teacher exchanges, and setting up joint study programmes at various levels were discussed. We also looked at possibilities of student exchange in Management and Travel and Tourism, as both these programmes are common between University of Primorska and BSSS.
Interaction with Teachers and Research Cell
The session with teachers focused on three Projects followed by open house where teachers asked questions on European approaches to teaching and research. The interaction with the Research Cell team consisted of discussions on areas / topics of research, as well as the dynamics of preparing research proposals for international projects where several partners are involved. Teachers had the opportunity to take a close look at some of the successful proposals for research bids within Europe.
Workshop for students
Dr Cebron also conducted two workshops on 7 and 13 February, for a group of 35 advanced students of Humanities group, on the theme of 'Aiming towards Building Global Readiness and Competency based on Non-Essentialist Approaches'. The core theme of the first workshop was Exploring Intercultural Narratives, and the second was Anti-Discrimination Study Circle. The topics were approached based on learning materials developed within the IEREST project, EU's Life Long Learning Programme. The students got to learn about the difference between essentialist and non-essentialist approaches to culture, and the single story concept.
This is a big step towards strengthening our global ties and collaborations and enhancing the international exposure of our teachers and students.
Prof J K Chawla has already visited the Primorska University in October as part of the Erasmus+ and Principal Dr Fr John PJ is scheduled to visit in mid-May 2018.