Report on the kick-off meeting of SCEE, November 15-18, 2011, Montpellier

The first coordination meeting of the partners of the SCEE project consortium took place on November 15-18, 2011, at University of Montpellier 2 (Montpellier, France).

The main aims andobjectives of the meetingwere:

  1. Introduction of key people from participating universitiesresponsible for the implementation of the project as well as the general presentation of the universities, members of the partnership, in view of the role they intend to play in the project;
  2. Detailed presentationof the project and discussion of numerous aspects of its successful implementation;
  3. Development of the strategy for resolution of practical issuesof the project’s run for the coming yearandaddressing variousorganizational issues.

According to the meeting’s program (see Annex 2), Dr. Jerome Galy, Vice-Chancellor for International Relations at UM 2, opened the conference with a welcome speech. Then, Dr. Jerome Galy jointly with Dr. Sergey Timoshin, International Projects Officer at BNUEL, presented the details of the SCEE project.

After a lively discussion followed the presentation of the project during which many questions were answered and numerous clarifications were made, a representative of each partner university, member of the consortium, gave a lecture – presentation of its university. During these lectures a detailed account of existing experiences in developing international programs, participations in international projects, collaboration with foreign universities was presented by the speakers. A representative of EACEA, Mr. Serge Mbala-Mafunda, took an active part in all discussions and delivered a talk on general rules and recommendations by EACEA describing and regulating the functioning of Erasmus Mundus, Action 3 projects.

Presentation of University Montpellier 2, France

Presentation of Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Russian Federation, Dr. Sergey TIMOSHIN, Project Manager

Presentation of Ecole Centrale de Lille, France

Presentation of University of Genoa, Italy

Presentation of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Tomasz KOLLAT, Project Manager

Presentation of Warsaw School of Economics, Poland

Katarzyna CAKALA, International Educational Project Manager

 The second and the third days of the conference were devoted to a discussion of details for development of the project activities for the first year, discussion of financial issues related to the project’s implementation, details of the visual presentation of the project (development of the website, information products, etc.), work on collective joint agreements on cooperation between participating universities and many other aspects. A particular attention was paid to the presentation of financial management of the project given by Mrs. Magali Bellanger, financial manager of SCEE project.

Presentation of financial management of the project

Magali Bellanger,  Financial manager 

Lecture by Serge MBALA-MAFUNDA, Representative of EACEA

In the last day of the stay the participants enjoyed the cultural part of the meeting program which was full of informal discussions between the partners about future collaboration and joint work on the activities of the project.

"Report on the kick-off"

"Program of the meeting"

"SCEE presentation at the kick-off"