Skytte Institute shares expertise on online education
In December, representatives from the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden visited the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies to learn more about the e-learning possibilities and projects developed at the Institute.
The visits focused on introducing the best practices of online training developed over the past years at the Skytte Institute. Facing the challenge of training in-house staff and their diplomatic personnel ocated abroad, both organisations are considering e-solutions as one of the possible ways to address the issue.
According to one of the organizers of the visit, Ms Anna Beitane, Project Manager at the Institute, the visits benefited both parties: “In addition to valuable learning opportunities for our guests, the Institute was happy to be able to share the experience with nationally and internationally relevant stakeholders”.
During the visits, representatives of the Human Resources units at the EEAS and the Swedish MFA were briefed about e-learning possibilities (i.e. MOOCs, e-courses, flipped classrooms, etc.) implemented at the Institute and at the University of Tartu and gained hands-on experience with different e-learning tools. The guests also visited the UT Multimedia centre, received an overview of the Institute’s international degree and training programmes as well as research related to EU-Russia relations and discussed future cooperation.
In the words of Dr Stefano Braghiroli, Director of the EU-Russia Studies MA programme, the interest in the study programmes of the Institute confirms the need to tailor the education to the challenges of the contemporary society: “Deepening our awareness about both specific diplomatic skills and various educational solutions helps us to better train our students and make them more competitive at an international scale”.
For additional information, please contact: Ms Anna Beitane, Project Manager at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, 737 5198, anna.beitane [ät] ut.ee.