Projects and Events

Update: Enhance Project, one of the many projects conducted by The Europe Office in GCU with international partners, was successfully introduced to six Vietnamese universities after it was, as aforementioned in the previous article, developed into virtual and interactive courses on different online platforms that were linked into one channel of learning along with official guide, grading, and certificates.

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Southeast Asian Social Innovation Network

Meanwhile, SEASIN project, promoting social innovation in pursuit of socio-economic growth and social equity, is in the development process in Southeast Asian countries. Steve, my mentor and representative of our partner university in Cambodia (National University of Management), and I have been working together on the creative side of the project — to be specific, the appearance and influence of the Social Innovation Support Unit (SISU) in NUM, Cambodia. While the development of “Social Innovation Lab”, Cambodia SISU, has been well underway, I have been working on its graphic designs and marketing tactics and implementation. Having an opportunity to be engaged in this project definitely stretched my ability and apprehension to a new level.

Social Innovation Lab is set to have a soft launch on November 16, 2017 with The Europe Office team at the venue. This support unit aims to enable students and entrepreneurs to build up on their innovative ideas with provided access to incubation space, advanced equipment, reading materials, and relevant presentations or seminars — which I sincerely believe will bring about movement and innovation to the community in the long run.

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Official launch of 30 years’ anniversary: from Erasmus to Erasmus+

“In 30 years an estimated 9 million people will have taken part, 600,000 of them from the UK.” (Erasmus+, 2017)

The auspicious event was organized by Glasgow Caledonian University and The University of Edinburgh in The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. Attending the event as part of the organizing team was absolutely thrilling. Speeches and sharing about Erasmus, its missions, and its contributions were spiced up by the string quartet and the photo competition. Wine, ham, and the “wee” cupcakes were served, whereas the cake cutting ceremony was as well a wonderful moment.

“Mobility is a lifestyle.” (Daniel Berlinski, 2017)

(Source: Edinburgh247)

~ Rosanich Sou

 

First Mensiversary

Yet Another Home

A little checking out of the city here and there gave me a good sense of belonging, and that’s what I would call a “positive starter”. Moving here has made the home-leaving feeling resurface for a while, and it was just like the first time I arrived in England. The difference is, I knew a bit better what to expect.

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GCU, The Europe Office, And New Assignments

“Glasgow Caledonian University is ranked 1st in Scotland for work experience opportunities” (ISB, 2017).

True enough, landing my short term project work here is one of the best happenings in 2017 for me. With the modern architecture, the university overall looked fantastic and The Europe Office team was absolutely welcoming. Coming in new, I set an objective for the first few days to study the projects — what they are about, what they want to achieve, and what I can do to support them. Document collection and extensive reading proved worthwhile as this knowledge allowed me to generate an analysis and a proposal for the team.

The following days of the work became challenging and extremely productive with tremendous support, guidance, and, I have to mention, “empowerment” from Mark and the whole team. While we were exploring new potential methods to convert training and physical learning environment into virtual and interactive studies, either self-paced or with instructor, I discovered another expertise area of mine working on both digital tools and module designs to enable the possibility of our project partners having access to the online materials, learning, and tasks. This will ultimately benefit them and the project as the objective of Enhance Project is to build up capabilities and improve the resources of HEIs in Vietnam in terms of Research and Innovation while one efficient way to do this is to put together a swift and effective method of transferring knowledge and practices.

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What’s up Glasgow!

Except for relentless rainfall and drizzles almost every time of the day and every day of the month, Glasgow does feel like home. The city is the middle ground of buzzy and calm — like… Leeds and London combined. Commuting to and from work is, I’d say, my best way of observing the atmosphere and having every thought possible jumbling around. Since Glasgow is more of a commercial hub, there is a modernity look to it and every here and there there are things to do and to enjoy, casually or as a tourist. What amazed me about Glasgow and perhaps Scotland as a whole is the bodies of water running across the city, which feels pretty much like when you need to move north or west, you would always run into a river somewhere on your way. And of course, River Clyde is a small piece of beauty somehow. I thought the whole spot around the Clyde Arc was iconic. I hate to compare but sort of love to say “The Clyde of Glasgow feels like The Westminster of London”.

More exploration to come!

~ Rosanich Sou

“Welcome to Scotland”

Prior to the “welcome” context, I am sure to make a quick introduction to myself.

ជំរាបសួរ – Chum Reap Sour – Hello, greetings from a Cambodian National. I am Rosanich (or Rose, Rosie, anything you’d like to call), a passionate, persevere, and creative individual. Before coming to Glasgow, I have lived in England for a year and done my masters (MSc International Marketing Management).

In the wake of the phenomenal period of studies, travel, and other life challenges thrown at me, it was time I explored professional opportunities. My goal was to spend the last few months in the U.K. to really understand how things work here in such distinctive environment from Cambodia. By and large, I intended to understand the perspective of the western side of the world towards not only marketing, business, projects, and management but also professionalism as a whole. I had then heard of European funded projects being conducted in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia, on social innovation. That was the initial interest captured. Steve, my mentor, introduced me to this and has marked a change in my path since. On a “British” sunny day, I woke up to see the text “Welcome to Scotland”, where I knew I was accepted and went on to have the first good talk with Mark, Director of The Europe Office at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Scotland has always been in my bucket list, and I thought of nothing but a visit. To have been able to come here and expand my professional skills was what I did not see coming. So I packed up (it was a huge challenge searching for work, moving house, and getting my dissertation done all at once) and got ready to leave the land of England and managed to conclude many sections of my to-experience list, along with so many guesses, expectations, and exciting ideas.

And that’s where my journey began!

~ Rosanich Sou

Project visit to Tanzania

Pablo Lopez Alonso, European Projects Manager at The Europe Office, delivered a workshop on Six-Sigma and process management and attended the 1st International Conference “Energy accessibility & efficiency: the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation support services” in Dar-es-salaam (Tanzania), from 5 to 9 October. These activities are organised under Enrich, a European Commission funded project focusing on capacity building activities with universities and national institutions from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, in which GCU is a partner.

Pablo in Tanzania Oct15

GCU’s Europe Office hosts brokerage event in Brussels

On the 1 and 2 of October, The Europe Office brought together leading researchers and practitioners at two special brokerage events in Brussels in order to forge new partnerships and projects. The first day focused on Funding Opportunities for Social Innovation in International Cooperation & Development. The event aimed to forge a more effective, transdisciplinary approach to projects under the Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ & EuropeAid Programmes and attracted leading players in the field from across Europe and beyond. The second day centred around Serious Gaming as an integral part of research and innovation under the Horizon 2020 Programme. The event attracted a range of experts in the fields of serious gaming and other specific areas – health, climate change/energy and societal challenges – in order to forge a more effective, transdisciplinary approach to EU project delivery. Over 120 participants attended the events from 15 different countries, including US, Korea and Ghana. As well as representatives of various European Commission funding programmes participants were given the opportunity to hear the latest developments from world renowned researchers such as Tom Baranowksi from Baylor College of Medicine and Christoph Kaletka from the University of Dortmund.