The activities in EURASIA are organised in 7 work packages. The project begins with an investigation and overview of the state of the art in European studies in Chinese and Indian universities (WP1). On the basis of this preparatory phase we are developing new curricular content (WP2), a teaching programme (WP3) and Online teaching courses (WP4). This content development is supported by a quality assurance process involving regular evaluation and monitoring of progress (WP5) and a dissemination and exploitation plan (WP6). Key to the success of the whole endeavour will naturally be systematic project management (WP7).

WP1WP2 WP3WP4 WP5 WP6 WP7

        Reviewing  the state-of-the-art

              Lead partner: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
              Contributors: All partners

This WP will carry out the necessary groundwork for evaluating the state-of-the-art of European studies in both at programme and partner countries’ HEIs. Based on existing needs’ assessments available from past academic cooperation among the partners and preparatory visits to the Chinese and Indian Universities, we are reviewing needs, benchmarking existing curricula, teaching modules and courses and identifying potential students to be trained in the field. Our discussions are supported by bibliographical data on European studies in India  and China and by an evaluation of  the effectiveness of past and current EU academic collaboration projects in the partner countries. This process will also engage interested stakeholders beyond academia in (such as business organisations, local and central authorities, NGOs, media, etc.), The outcome of the review will be a Report , a summary version of which will be available here .

     Curriculum development

          Lead partner: Universita Degli Studi Di Catania
(Italy)
          Contributors: All partners

We will be working together to develop a range of  adaptable teaching resources for use in European Studies and related courses. The modules will cover five broad areas:

1) Law and Legal Practice;
2) Cultural, Intercultural and identity issues
3) Business and trade policies and their effects
4) International relations – between Europe and Asia and more broadly
5) The history and structure of the European Union

Each of the 5 modules will include 3 courses (2 for Bachelors and 1 for Masters) consisting of 20 hours of lectures and 40 hours of other activities.
Teams across the consortium are developing the modules and appropriate methodologies as well as outline syllabi.

In addition, the consortium will develop an inter-university course on “The Economic and Political Dialogue between Europe and Asia: the Perspectives of Diplomacy and Academic and Cultural Ties”, involving faculty members and selected MA/PhD students from the partner HEIs in China and India.
This course will be offered online and will conclude with a 5 day summer school in France for doctoral students and young faculty members

A key part of this process involves academics from China and India participating in 2 week intensive programmes in Catania, Krakow and Sofia, which will give them first-hand experience of teaching and learning European studies. This training  will be supported by online group collaboration.
Visits will also take place to the Chinese and Indian Universities so that we can work together to help update and adapt existing courses.

First EURASIA training session in Catania, Italy programme 
Second EURASIA training session in Sofia, Bulgaria programme

     Developing and piloting the teaching programmes

            Lead partner: Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Poland)
            Contributors: All partners

The courses developed in WP2 will be piloted and evaluated In WP3.  After some preliminary investigation with students from the Chinese and Indian HEIs, students will be informed about the courses offered and how they relate to existing  curricula. A schedule of courses will be prepared to assist this process.

Following this preparatory work pilot courses for each of the five modules will be introduced in the Chinese and Indian Universities, in conformity with the regulations and the timetables of the respective universities.  The students who enrol in the pilots will have access to the on-line platform and will become part of a wider network of collaboration between academics in the European Union and India and China.

The pilot courses will then be evaluated and finalised and in the final year of the project it is planned to introduce them into the curricula in the Chinese and Indian universities as elements in accredited study programs.  The aim is for least 9 courses targeting between 850 and 1500 students.

     Online Training

           Lead partner: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
           Contributors:  All partners

To support and enhance the training courses and also to ensure a high degree of synergy between institutions with different academic traditions across a wide geographical area we will create a range of distance learning tools.   These will be built on the online teaching platform, and will comprise 10-12 units covering the 5 modules identified in WP1. Since it is intended to make these units widely available online they will be designed to be of a general nature,
and so relevant for a range of taught courses as support materials.

After an initial planning phase, including training the developers in both online content creation and the technical aspects of the tool , working groups will write the relevant materials. These will include written texts, video material, interactive activities, such as video conferencing  and opportunities for recording and evaluating progress. We will be using the WordPress open source content management system which is widely used and available and so appropriate to this broad partnership. The initial target date for these online materials is the autumn of 2019, after which they will be evaluated and refined.

    Quality Assurance Plan

         Lead partner: Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Poland)
           Contributors:  All partners

In the first instance a Quality Assurance Plan has been agreed by the project management team, setting out relevant criteria and monitoring and reporting procedures. This provides the basis for regular evaluation reports and where necessary alterations to the work plan. Work Package leaders will report regularly to the management team and over the course of the project a number of evaluation reports will be produced, including interim and final reports for the European Commission. To ensure quality in the development of the programme these written evaluations will be supported by field monitoring visits to China and India.  In addition to this internal evaluation an external evaluator will carry out formative and summative evaluations of project activities, outcomes and impact.

    Dissemination and exploitation

           Lead partner:  Beijing Foreign Studies University ( China), O.P. Jindal Global University (India)
           Contributors:  All partners

Dissemination and exploitation  are major elements in the EURASIA project, which aims to extend the impact of European studies beyond the original consortium.
After the first planning stage resulting in detailed plans for dissemination and exploitation, we are developing a project website as a central dissemination tool. Possible interested HEIs in India and China have been identified and they will be targeted through two major conferences, one in India and on in China in 2019 and 2020,
as well as through the online resources.  Also in 2020 a summer school for young academics will establish a basis for future developments in this field after the end of the project.   Such activities will be reinforced by the use of social networking and the more traditional publication of handbooks and materials. Finally , based on the experience of the project, we will develop guidelines for the future accreditation of collaborative courses.  These will also be promoted to university authorities in China and India.

    Management

           Lead partner: Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
           Contributors:  All partners

WP7 will ensure the effective administrative and financial management and co-ordination of the project.
It will ensure that all activities across the project are delivered as proposed and project outputs are realised on time and within budget. It will oversee the working relations between partners and ensure good internal communication. It has a major task of maintaining accurate information flows between the project team and the Commission, and of ensuring good information and timely reporting.