National Workshops

In the first year of the project national workshops will be organised in each partner country. These are system-level events bringing together the main national higher education stakeholders, including university representatives and public authorities, to discuss the challenges of university autonomy and funding in the respective country. The workshops provide the opportunity to take stock of the state of play, kick-start a national policy dialogue and formulate concrete recommendations to promote governance, autonomy and funding reforms. Each workshop will result in the development of concrete road maps for autonomy and funding reforms at national level.

Training Seminars

In the second year of the project three training seminars will be organised at partner universities in the EU with particular expertise in the field. The aim of the training seminars is to build capacities in the partner countries to modernise university governance and funding and implement reforms at institutional level. Each seminar will focus on a specific topic; one on financial management, one on autonomy and governance and one on human resource development. The main outcome of the training seminars will be the development of institutional tool kits providing concrete guidelines and practical support to universities in the partner countries in the area of governance and funding.

ATHENA Benchmarking Forum

On 12-13 May 2015 all project actors gathered in a regional event to discuss the progress made towards greater autonomy and sustainable funding for universities as well as to benchmark the achievements of the three partner countries. The event brought together the relevant stakeholders also from outside of the partnership.

ATHENA Dissemination Event

On 13 May 2015 Yerevan State University hosted a special dissemination event opened to all ATHENA partners as well as interested stakeholders outside of the partnership. Delegates of the 2015 Bologna Ministerial Conference attended the event, which included a presentation of the ATHENA methodology and of the impact of the project on the Armenian reform process, as well as illustrations of other EUA activities supporting reforms as for instance the SPHERE project (centralised support for HEREs).