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    AT THE TRANSFORM4EUROPE
    ALLIANCE UNIVERSITIES

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    BACKGROUND

    The university network Transform4Europe aims to train a new generation of young Europeans who will work together across disciplines and acquire digital, intercultural and entrepreneurial skills. This training enables you to actively shape the necessary transformation processes in Europe.
    The Transform4Europe Alliance gives you the opportunity to incorporate a succinct programme – a Europe-oriented course offer at Bachelor level that leads to a certificate with up to 24 ECTS – into your studies.
    The Transform4Europe Track consists of common core modules on the topics of Knowledge Entrepreneurship, Languages & Intercultural Competencies and European History, Politics, Culture, Law, Economy, and optional challenge-based modules covering the three Transform4Europe focus areas of digitalisation, ecology and sustainability as well as social change and inclusion. Each student has the opportunity to choose one of the three in-depth modules.

    WHAT ARE YOUR BENEFITS?

    • Exchange ideas with students from other academic disciplines.
    • Gaining and developing European competences in a narrower relevant subfield.
    • Increase your career opportunities by unique profile development.
    • Increase future research and career opportunities in interdisciplinary fields.
    • Networking possibilities with students from other European universities.
    • Subsidised international mobility.

    STUDY OFFER

    You select the Track according to your needs and interests from 3 optional challenge-based Tracks:
    1. Digital transformation and smart regions
    2. Environmental transformation and sustainability
    3. Societal transformation, community building and inclusion
    as well as courses from the offered cluster of courses each semester in one of the challenge-based packages and from any of the core modules.

    The Alliance Universities offer core and challenge-based modules every semester. You follow the offered selection and assemble your own Transform4Europe Track at your own pace and interest in your previously selected Track.

    All the selected courses are recognised at your university either as part of your main field of study or alongside as additional elective courses.

    Once you graduate and complete the Track, you receive a certificate testifying the completion of a Transform4Europe Track under the challenge-based Track or cluster title.

    Composition of the Transform4Europe Tracks 3 optional challenge-based tracks at 8 credit points: digital transformation and smart regions; environmental transformation and sustainability, societal transfor-mation, community building & inclusion Core modules at 8 credit points: knowledge entrepreneurship, languages & intercultural competencies, European history, politics, culture, law, economy These feed into your main field of study and form highly qualified knowledge entrepreneurs

    Please see below the course list for the three thematic areas, 1 Digital Transformation, 2 Environmental Transformation, 3 Societal Transformation of Transform4Europe comprising three core module lists as well as one for the respective area of specialisation.

    A brief explanation of terms:

    • Face-to-face = students attend on campus
    • hybrid = Transform4Europe students attend online, home students attend on campus
    • blended = the course is largely online (for all students), but there may be face-to-face elements, for instance for project work, at the mobility week or a final exam.
    • Basic Course (BC) = Knowledge in area of expertise
    • Application course (AC) = Students apply knowledge to gain experience and generate societal transformative impact in limited scope.

    DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

    The track digital transformation consists of the three core module courses

    • Knowledge Entrepreneurship
    • Languages & Intercultural competencies
    • European history, politics, culture, law, economy

    as well as the specialised module courses in the area of

    • Digital Transformation

    Please see below for a detailed course list.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    UA Human Resources Management. Skills for Managing People in a Global Context 3 BC Online 20/06 – 30/06/2022 To acquire skills to manage people in a global context by examining the current international and competitive challenges and learning how to make successful managerial decisions in human resources management.
    USaar Knowledge entrepreneurship 3 BC Online 11/04/2022 Knowledge Entrepreneurship combines entrepreneurial knowledge with knowledge about change management and transformation processes.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    USaar Summer courses languages 3 or 6 BC tba tba tba

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    USaar European Integration 3 BC hybrid (online for UA, USil, VMU students; USaar students: face-to-face and online) 11/04/2022 European integration shapes all of our lives on a daily basis. This is most visible in the European Union. But would you have known that NATO, for instance, is also an example of European integration? Very basically speaking, behind this term lies the voluntary cooperation of States in a multitude of fields, such as politics, economy, sports or culture, in various for a: international organisations, ad hoc coalitions of States or informal groups. We want to dive a bit deeper into that topic together with you and find out why European integration exists, why it matters and how it is carried out, focussing on the European Union. In order to do that, we will take a look at historical ideas and the development of our subject matter – it is much older that just 75 years! We will also cover – in tiny bits and pieces – politics, philosophy, economy, sociology and – given both lecturers, Christina and Sebastian, are lawyers – a bit of law (just a bit). There is nothing you need to know in advance, you can participate in this course being an absolute beginner. We are very happy to welcoming you to this course and meeting an international class! Feel free to discuss with us on whatever you want to know more about, also ongoing issues and affairs you might have read about in the media.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    VMU Artificial Intelligence Applications 6 AC Face-to-face Spring term This is a classical course on Artificial Intelligence. It introduces students to the problem solving, logic-based and probabilistic knowledge representation, logic-based and probabilistic inference, planning, and learning methods of artificial intelligence. Upon completion of this course students should be able to: develop intelligent systems by assembling solutions to concrete computational problems, understand the role of knowledge representation, problem solving, and learning in intelligent-system engineering
    VMU Management Information Systems 6 AC Face-to-face Spring term The aims of the course are to introduce the main concepts and tools of management information systems (MIS) and to develop students‘ skills of MIS structure and services analysis. The main topics of the course: structure, hardware and software of MIS, automated offices and groupware, standard models for financial calculations and accounting, tools for data analysis, internet and extranet technologies for business.
    VMU Information Modelling 6 AC Face-to-face Spring term The course aims to study the theories and techniques used in modelling of information and text based retrieval. It discusses classical and modern techniques of knowledge modelling and their application for information retrieval. Students start from the basic notions and concepts, and finish with the newest challenges in the field.
    USil Algorithmics and data structures 4 BC online, blended Algorithmics is the science of algorithms. It includes algorithm design, i.e. the art of building a schema that effectively solves a specific problem or class of problems and algorithm analysis. This module introduces the participant to advanced algorithm design methods and issues of algorithms and data structures analysis.
    USil Data analysis in business 4 AC blended Data analysis in business aims at developing statistical population characteristics and use data mining models for business data analysis. The course’s goal is also to improve knowledge of classic and modern data analysis techniques on the example of financial data. The list of the topics comprises: 1. Gathering, development, and graphic presentation of data. 2. Elements of business data descriptive analysis. 3. Analysis of correlation, dependence and regression. 4. Application of classification and regression trees for business data analysis. 5. Application of technical and fundamental analysis of financial data. 6. Application of neural networks for business data analysis
    USil Real-time graphics 4 BC+AC online, blended The classes aim to introduce the graphics generated in real-time to the students using GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). For this aim, the students will use libraries such as OpenGL and Vulkan, and the GLSL programming language. They will also become acquainted with the basic mathematical and physical notions and algorithms that generate various effects, e.g., realistic lighting, environment mapping, bump mapping. During the course, the students will prepare projects in teams of maximum two and present their work results in front of the group. Require basic programming skills in C++.
    USil Computer simulations 4 AC blended The module aim is to give students the knowledge necessary for creating simulation models and conducting simulation experiments. The presented topics are related to various computer simulation techniques, simulation software, and simulators’ applications in the design and optimisation of technical systems. Students will gain the abilities to build models with the use of simulation environments. Require programming skills at basic level.
    USil IT for the blind and visually impaired 2 AC blended/online Spring term The classes introduce IT problems in blind and visually impaired users. The students learn the WCAG requirements necessary to create and implement
    IT solutions. They also learn about tools (both hardware and soft-ware) available for blind and visually impaired people.
    USil Cybersecurity Essentials 3 AC + BC blended or online This course aims to make students familiar with the basic concepts of security, how to protect data and self in cyberspace (especially using the Internet). Topics will include some general information like the concept of CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability), cybersecurity pillars: people, process, technology, elements of cryptography – the difference between passwords and passphrases, the strength of passwords, types of attacks in cyberspace, type of attackers, 1-, 2- or 3-factor authentication. Hands-on (practice) will involve the student in different activities. The students will try to crack passwords (checking password strength), use password managers, ciphers, and deciphering texts. They will also use steganography to hide a message, VPNs to secure transmissions, and hashes to provide data integrity. They should also know the elements of social engineering and recognize different types of cyberattacks. They also should know onion routing and how to use it for retaining (relative) anonymity.
    USil The Art of Creating Charts 3 AC blended or online The goal of this course is to make students ready to prepare informative and readable figures. This course will cover the following: the color and the composition, the basics of perception, principles of effective data visualization, types of charts (type of chart and when to use), elements of data storytelling. The class will be led as an introduction first and hands-on practice that allows activating students while preparing different visuals (as mini-tasks). The final assignment requires the students to put all they learned together: prepare their own data story – with appropriate charts and visuals. Data can be chosen at their own pace or provided by the instructor.
    USil Introduction to Python 4 AC+BC online Knowledge of at least one programming language is an indispensable element of knowledge that every IT specialist should have. Current trends in the development of programming languages, apart from improving code efficiency and increasing the possibilities, are also aimed at facilitating the writing of programs. A simplification for programmers is the simplification of programming languages, and the possibility of using numerous frameworks. One of the languages that from the beginning was focused on the ease of writing programs and simplified the structure of the code is Python. During the lectures, students will be introduced to the basics of this language. The lectures will also discuss the advantages of the Python language and its possibilities, both in terms of creating advanced desktop programs and web applications. Additional possibilities of the Python language, such as the possibility of data analysis and presentation, will also be discussed.
    USaar Basics in Man-agement of Digital Trans-formation 6 BC hybrid (online for UA, USil, VMU students) 11/04/2022 Digitalisation and the associated technological breakthroughs offer enormous challenges and opportunities. Against this background, companies are faced with the question: How can competitive advantages be achieved and maintained in the “age of digital transformation”? The theory-based and action-oriented course gives students an insight into digital core technologies that drive the digital transformation of society and equips them with digital decision-making strategies and frameworks.

     

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to (1) explain why and how digital technologies have an impact on companies’ business models, (2) explain why and how companies effectively integrate digital technologies and some are more successful than others, (3) systematically choose between different approaches to assess the potential of digital technologies and to implement and use them in companies.

     

    USaar Computer Ethics 3 AC Online; asynchronous 11/04/2022 – 22/07/2022 Many computer scientists will be confronted with morally difficult situations at some point in their career – be it in research, in business, or in industry. Computer Ethics equips you with the crucial assets enabling you to recognize such situations, and to devise ways to arrive at a justified moral judgment regarding the question of what you are permitted to do and what you should better not do. For that, you will be made familiar with moral theories from philosophy, as well as different Codes of Ethics for computer scientists. Since one can quickly get lost when talking about ethics and morals, it is especially important to talk and argue clearly and precisely. In order to prepare you for that, Computer Ethics trains your formal and informal argumentation skills enabling you to argue beyond the level of everyday discussions at bars and parties. In the end, you will be able to assess a morally controversial topic from computer science on your own and give a convincing argument for your assessment.

    Computer Ethics is intended to always be as clear, precise, and analytic as possible. What you won’t find here is the meaningless bla-bla, needlessly poetic language, and vague and wordy profundity that some people tend to associate with philosophy. You will, however, get many interesting insights into philosophy, ethics, and computer science – or so we have been told.

    UA

     

    Deep Learning Fundamentals 3 AC

     

    Online 06/06/2022 – 15/06/2022 To acquire Fundamentals of Deep Learning
    Session 1: Introduction
    Session 2: Convolutional Neural Networks
    Session 3: Recurrent Neural Networks
    Session 4: Applications and projects
    UA

     

    From data to knowledge: an introduction to big data, open data and data mining technologies 3 BC

     

    hybrid (presence and online possible)

     

    02/05/2022 – 25/05/2022 This course provides an overview of the knowledge discovery in databases pipeline, that is, the process of discovering useful knowledge from large collections of data.

    ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSFORMATION

    The track environmental transformation consists of the three core module courses

    • Knowledge Entrepreneurship
    • Language & intercultural competencies
    • European history, politics, culture, law, economy

    as well as the specialised module courses in the area of

    • Environmental Transformation

    Below, you’ll find the available courses listed:

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    UNITS Basics of entrepreneurship

     

    6-9 BC/AC Online synchronous and asynchronous Spring term (March) The course provides students with the basic theories and concepts related to Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation.
    The course is ideally divided into two parts. The first part deals with entrepreneurship. After clarifying what entrepreneurship is, we will focus on the techniques and the strategies for identifying opportunities and generating ideas. We will then move to the feasibility analysis to then outline the main structure of a business plan. We will then concentrate on the characteristics of the founding team and on some financial aspects related to the entrepreneurial process. A deepening on the factors determining the growth of the Start-Up firms concludes the first part of the course.
    The second part of the course is practice based and deals with Business Model Innovation. In this part, attending students will be divided in groups and will work on the development of a business model in collaboration with the Contamination LAB of the University of Trieste.
    EKA Core Module of Languages and Intercultural Competences 3 BC Face-to-face or online (Zoom) 09/02/2022 The internet in western culture is taken for granted. Similar to a fish which has little to say about water, the users of the internet lack the ability to take a critical look at the service which is the central communicational axis of their existence. This course will provide an opportunity for an academical inquiry into the phenomenon of the internet by analysing the main sociocultural and philosophical aspects of it. The course will cover both topics which are common to internet debates in the public sphere, such as social networks, memes, piracy or fake news, as well as more philosophical internet discourses like the transmutation of time and space, internet hierarchies, commercialisation, and internet art. With the help of this course, students will be able to raise problematic questions about various aspects of internet culture and will become competent enough to take a critical look at this technology and its impact on their daily lives. The exam will take the form of short essay, while for the homework students will have a chance to produce a creative project which would aesthetically elaborate on some of the topics covered through the course. The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the main elements of Internet culture and to provide the ability to thoroughly analyse the dominant cultural practices on the Internet and their socio-cultural impact on society.

    Students will be able to:

    • Specify the main socio-cultural effects generated by the Internet;

    • Evaluate the social and economic problems created by the main Internet services;

    • Evaluate the specifics of online social networks and the dominant cultural practices in

    them and their impact on society;

    • Evaluate the impact of digital piracy on the field of creative industries;

    • Describe the specifics of the technical Internet infrastructure, its technological development;

    and future prospects of Web 3.0;

    • Reveal the critique of the network society encoded in internet art.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    SU Intercultural relations 3 BC/AC blended Spring term The course acquaints students with the theoretical foundations of intercultural communication as well as to acquire skills and attitudes facilitating successful intercultural communication. Notions of multiple identities, self and other, stereotypes and prejudice will be discussed. The aim is also to acquire knowledge and skills in analysing of different discourses in the context of intercultural interactions.

    The training is based on the application of various interactive methods, as during the lectures students get acquainted with basic concepts related to the issues, and during the seminars through working with key documents, creating versions of their own texts and media products, presentations on the studied issues, solving cases students apply in practice what they have learned.

     

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    SU Introduction to EU Multilingualism

     

    3 BC/AC Blended Spring term

     

    The course presents an overview on the topic of language policies in the context of the EU. It is divided into two parts. The first dealing with issues related to the issue of language policies in general covering the themes of language origins, language families, languages of wider communication (lingua franca) and languages in Europe. Language policy is considered from the perspective of planning of language status, language corpus, language education as well as discourses about language, language ideologies and attitudes towards language. The specific national and European context constitutes the second part of the course.  It covers topics concerning language and nation building, language and culture, respect for linguistic diversity, language rights, EU institutional multilingualism and plurilingualism of individuals. The Council of Europe and the EU policy of multilingualism are presented through policy documents, academic papers, language and language competence survey (Eurobarometer, Special surveys) sand EU programmes and projects in the area of languages and culture.

    Upon completion of the course the students will demonstrate understanding on multilingualism and language policy and will be able to conduct their own small-scale survey on the issues of language policy in European context.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    SU Regional development and regional policy 4,5 BC Blended

     

    Spring term
    SU Geographic Information Systems (advanced) 5 AC Blended

     

    Spring term

     

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are one of the leading technologies of our time. Through GIS we are collecting, processing, analysing and visualising geospatial data and generating geospatial information, which is a critical resource in the preparation of decision-making in the planning and management of the territory. The current course is at the “advanced” level, aiming to provide knowledge and practical skills for the development of geodatabases, analytical methods in GIS, as well as the ability to publish and access geospatial information via the Internet.
    SU Introduction to geospatial technologies 4 AC Blended

     

    Spring term This is an introductory course that aims to introduce students to geoinformation technologies and their application for various purposes. The scope of geoinformation technologies includes GIS, Remote Earth Monitoring and Survey Methods and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). It is also envisaged that students will have the opportunity to acquire basic practical skills for working with these technologies.
    SU Applied landscape ecology 5 AC Blended

     

    Spring term This course builds on the theoretical knowledge of Landscape Science and introduces students to the methodology of complex spatial analyses, with an emphasis on landscape systematisation.

    The main part of the course structure, and of the accompanying practical classes and seminars, is devoted to current forms of application of Landscape Ecology (approaches, methods, tools, information provision, interdisciplinary integration) in practice to solve important challenges of our time – natural, socio-cultural, economic. This includes: geo-ecological forecasting and the justification of long-term projections in Spatial Planning, Ecological Assessment and Strategic Planning, Landscape Multifunctionality and Ecosystem/Landscape Services, Geo-ecological Monitoring, the organization and management of Ecological Networks of Protected Sites.

    The selection of the analytical material underlying the lecture course, as well as in the formulation of the practical exercises and seminars, is further tailored to the possibilities of integrating the landscape perspective with current concepts (and their practical solutions) such as: Nature-Based Solutions, Multifactor Solutions, Green Policies, Integrated Resource Management, Circular Economy, Ecological Engineering, etc.

    SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION

    The track societal transformation consists of the three core module courses

    • Knowledge Entrepreneurship
    • Language & Intercultural competencies
    • European history, politics, culture, law, economy

    as well as the specialised module courses in the area of

    • Societal Transformation

    Please see the course list below.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    VMU E-learning Technologies 6 AC Online 01/02/2022 The subject is designed to develop student competences to assess the impact that integration of e-learning and technologies, as a tool and as an instrument to enhance learning, have upon organizations, teachers, learners and the development of education, to serve education equitable accessibility and availability, the quality of educational resources, efficiency of education system in the global perspective. During the studies of the subject, global tendencies of application of technologies in education are analysed, as well as characteristics of digitally competent organization, the features of a digitally competent teachers, digital curriculum quality assurance parameters, as well as open digital learning curriculum.
    VMU Economics and Funding of Education 6 AC Online

     

    01/02/2022 The goal of the course is to provide the knowledge and skills for the critical understanding and analysis of the various inter-relations between education and economic development on the national and international level. The students will understand the main theoretical backgrounds of the economy of education as well as the possibilities to apply these theoretical backgrounds in the practice.  They will be able to identify, analyse and evaluate different economic problems of education, as well as to explain the impact of the main economic factors to the development of education and the influence of the development of education to the economic and social development. The course will provide the knowledge and skills needed for the analysis and evaluation of the main economic aspects of the activities of educational institutions

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    VMU German Language A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course acquaints learners with the German linguistic system, prepares them for minimal and simple oral and written communication, also develops their receptive and productive general and special skills and helps them to acquire socio-cultural and communicative competence at the elementary level. After completing the level the students will be able to speak about their family, surroundings, formulate simple questions, start a social conversation using elementary forms of politeness, listen and grasp the interlocutor’s ideas, correctly describe themselves in the written form; read adapted texts and translate them into Lithuanian and retell the contents using uncomplicated grammatical speech forms. The form of studies includes seminars, self-study tasks and work in SANAKO lab and virtual MOODLE environment (on-line work, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussion forums, interactive tests and exercises).
    VMU French A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course provides students with the elementary (A1) level of the French language. It aims to present the learners with the basic lexical, grammatical and phonetic peculiarities of the language, as well as to teach them the required oral and written communication skills of the relevant level. The course covers the following: word order of the French sentence; formation of declarative, interrogative and negative sentences; lexical items and structures for the communication on everyday topics; the peculiarities of the pronunciation of French sounds, words, and intonation. The form of studies includes lectures, seminars, self-study tasks and work in virtual MOODLE environment (on-line work, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussion forums, interactive tests and exercises).
    VMU Phonetics and Grammar of the Lithuanian Language 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the most important regularities of Lithuanian phonetics and grammar and teach themto apply them practically. The phonetics part discusses the most important differences between letters and sounds, long and short vowels, diphthongs and mixed diphtongs;voiced and voiceless and hard and soft consonants; the sign of softness and the usage and matching of these elements in  cohesive language. Students perform interactive practical tasks using the platform tartis.vdu.lt. The grammar part discusses the inflectional paradigms of nouns, verbs and adjectives, cardinal and ordinal numerals, personal pronouns, place and time prepositions and the main rules of government and agreement. Students acquire grammar knowledge by doing practical exercises.
    VMU Lithuanian as a Foreign Language A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of the course is to teach the students to understand and participate in a simple communicative situation. The students get acquainted with the most important grammar and pronunciation rules; their practical language usage skills are developed and applied on the topics relevant for beginners: introducing oneself and others, describing objects and places in the city, purchasing or ordering food and talking about family. The students learn how to ask and provide essential information on the topics covered in the course and read simple short texts.
    VMU

     

    Czech Language A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 During the Czech level A1 subject, students acquire general oral and written production and reception (listening and reading) competencies required in simple social and everyday situations. The content of the subject consists of the following main topics: Czech word order in a sentence; formation of statements, questions and negative sentences; introduction to the main parts of speech; lexical units and structures used to communicate on everyday topics; features of Czech sounds, pronunciation and intonation. A mixed study form is used: classroom lectures, seminars, self-study tasks, work in the virtual MOODLE environment (tasks on the Internet, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussions, interactive tests and exercises).
    VMU Danish A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of this course is to enable students to communicate in Danish in simple situations and to provide them with the basic knowledge of the Danish grammar (main morphological and syntactic rules) corresponding to level A1. Students learn to read simple texts with the aid of dictionary, to produce their own written texts using simple language and to understand simple audio texts. The students learn to communicate correctly both in spoken and written forms in simple situations and get prepared to study Danish in level A2.
    VMU English C1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course is designed to develop students’ general and academic English language communicative competence at advanced level through activities integrating receptive (listening and reading), productive and interactive (speaking and writing), and mediation (translation) language skills. The contents of the course is based on study of authentic texts to improve advanced listening and reading skills, watching and analyzing video recordings, discussions on relevant general and academic topics, preparation, delivery, observation and assessment of presentations on self-chosen topics, advanced level grammatical and lexical competence development. The course is delivered in blended study form integrating face-to-face learning with work in virtual MOODLE environment. Various active learning methods are applied: group work, pair work, role-plays, simulations, discussions, text analysis, project method.
    VMU English C1: Academic Writing 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The purpose of the course is to assist students in acquiring English academic writing skills. Students learn to put their thoughts and ideas in well-formed and grammatically correct sentences and compose coherent and logically ordered texts. They practise writing different types of formal texts: paragraphs, descriptive and comparative essays, reports and academic papers. The course also covers grammatical constructions and linking words commonly used in academic writings, and pays attention to punctuation, paraphrasing and quotation.
    VMU English C1: Grammar for Communication 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course is aimed at improving students’ English language grammar and communication skills at C1 level. The course includes: present and past tenses, auxiliary, modal, state and action verbs, formation of questions, conditional clauses, emphatic structures, connectives, infinitive and gerund constructions. The form of studies is blended learning: classes, seminars, individual work, work in interactive Moodle environment (synchronous/ asynchronous consultations, discussion forums, individual work applying theoretical material in practice).
    VMU English C1: Preparation for TOEFL 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course is designed to develop students‘ English communicative competence at a proficiency level through the linguistic activities of reception (listening and reading), production and interaction (speaking and writing) and to prepare for standardized TOEFL test. It aims at providing and developing practical academic English language skills for their successful employment in various academic situations. It includes a review and gives further theoretical and practical development of the skills for the employment of the main grammatical and syntactical categories and structures relevant to academic examinations and expands specific professional and academic vocabulary. It also introduces TOEFL examination taking techniques, guessing techniques and time-saving techniques necessary for successful examination taking. Finally, it provides the development of academic writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. The form of studies includes lectures, seminars, self-study tasks and work in virtual MOODLE environment (grammar theory and exercises, and essay writing).
    VMU English C1: Professional Communication 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course is designed for students who seek to acquire the English language proficiency level C1 communicating in a professional setting through integrated listening, reading comprehension, speaking and writing activities. The aim is to develop linguistic skills focusing on the appropriate use of English terms and collocations related to career development, to encourage effective communication through different role-play and problem-solving activities in business meetings, negotiations, and business telephone conversations adapting the language style to the addressee, asking and responding to questions to demonstrate understanding of the social interaction process and self-presentation skills. The course objectives are achieved by developing argumentative skills through discussions applying the norms of language etiquette and strategies of non-verbal and intercultural communication, providing oral presentation and written commentary of the results from data analysis and visualization. A mixed form of study is applied: work in the classroom, group work, discussions, case studies, work in Moodle virtual environment, independent work in practical application of theoretical material.
    VMU Japanese Level 1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 This course aims to teach students two Japanese alphabets kana and 80 essential kanji. Students will learn to use polite verb and adjective constructions in present and past tenses, counting, indicating place and their preferences. After the completion of the course, students will be able to speak, understand and write simple sentences and introduce themselves correctly. The form of studies includes lectures, self-study tasks and virtual MOODLE environment, interactive language learning program EuroTalk Interactive (Japanese).
    VMU Korean Level 1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of this course is to learn Hangeul, the writing system of Korean language, and to master the basic grammar in the aspect of written communication. Students will learn to use the main cases of the Korean language, polite verb and adjective constructions in present and past tenses, to accurately use nouns and two main numeric systems with its enhancers for times expressions, to properly add main particles according to their function. After the completion of the course, students will be able to speak, understand and write simple sentences about daily life in university and home, talk about hobbies and describe their interests in short sentences. They will also be able to briefly introduce themselves and their family members, tell occupations and nationalities, shortly describe weather, indicate seasons and time of the date.
    VMU Modern Hebrew, Level A1.1 3 BC Online 01/02/2022 This course is for students aiming to acquire basic minimal abilities in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Modern Hebrew and to get acquainted with the culture of the State of Israel. The programme is divided into the grammatical aspects of the course (the alphabet, phonetics, orthography), the niqqudot, present tense, combining nouns, verbs and adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, numerals and lexical part, i.e. introduction, acquaintances, family life, food and drinks, home life, climate and learning.
    VMU Russian Language A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The goal of the Russian language Level 1 course is to introduce students to the Cyrillic alphabet and the main orthoepic and orthographic rules of the Russian literary language, teach the usage of pronoun and verb morphological forms, and develop receptive and productive general and specific skills. In addition to that, the course is designed to help students to acquire socio-cultural and communicative competence at elementary level. Students learn to speak about themselves, their family and surroundings, form and answer simple questions, use the orthoepic rules correctly, establish a contact using adequate forms of politeness, listen to and grasp the message of the interlocutor. Students can also present simple information about themselves in written and in oral forms, read adapted texts, translate such texts into Lithuanian and retell their content using uncomplicated speech forms. The form of studies includes lectures, seminars, self-study tasks and work in SANAKO lab and virtual MOODLE environment (on-line work, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussion forums, interactive tests and exercises).
    VMU Turkish Language A1 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 Turkish language A1 course is based on the development of reception (listening and reading comprehension), production and interaction (speaking and writing) and mediation (translation) skills along with grammar and vocabulary development, using audio-visual material. The course is carried out in Lithuanian, organized in such a way that the students develop awareness of and interest in the Turkish language. The course includes lectures, seminars, self-study tasks and work in SANAKO lab and virtual MOODLE environment (on-line work, synchronous and asynchronous conversations and discussion forums, interactive tests and exercises), independent work applying theory in practice.
    VMU Speaking Practice of the Lithuanian Language I 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of the course is to teach the students to understand a non-complicated communicative situation and enable them to actively participate in it. The students’ practical language usage skills are developed and applied with regard to the topics relevant for beginners: introducing oneself and others, describing objects and spaces in the city, foods and meals, talking about family, and professions. Most attention is paid to the tasks that help the students develop their active language usage and enrich vocabulary.
    USil Business Language 3 Hybrid 2, 4, 6 for summer semesters (the subject is conducted for 3 years: 2nd, 4th and 6th are summer semesters).

    2nd : The module acquaints students with selected issues in macroeconomics, as well as with specialized vocabulary in this field. Students are also made aware of the necessity of lifelong learning and following economic news.

    4th : The aim of the class is to get students acquainted with marketing activities, strategies and tactics, and problems of international marketing; types, functions and language of advertising; internal and external publics, functions, and tools used by public relations.

    6th : Students are acquainted with selected aspects of financial markets, such as the stock exchange, basic investment strategies as well as with specialised terminology in this field.

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    Language and Communication 3 Hybrid The course is meant to give first year students a general idea about how language works in real-life contexts, what communication, why it may falter, and how it may be improved. The fundamental assumption of the course is that each message we produce and receive is culturally determined and, therefore, it should be analysed within the framework of its social, intellectual, ideological and historical circumstances. Besides a variety of written texts – literary, theoretical and otherwise – the course focuses on other media and categories of messages that may be used for communication purposes as well as a range of non-verbal strategies of communication.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    VMU Lithuanian Folklore, Traditions, Mythology 4 BC Online 01/02/2022 This course, taught in English, is specifically designed for foreign and Lithuanian students of different study programmes. It offers an overview of different aspects of the traditional Lithuanian way of living: folklore, festivals, family customs and traditions, mythology, and the main features of material culture. The course focuses on the issues of continuity, transformation, or disappearance of specific traditions as well as on the various forms traditional phenomena acquire in contemporary culture. Moreover, the traditional Lithuanian way of living is compared to those of other European peoples, giving students a possibility to learn about cultural phenomena in a wider context.
    VMU  Political Sciences 4 BC Online 01/02/2022

     

    This is an introductory course, which provides basic knowledge on the phenomenon of politics and political research, about the subject of political science and its development. During the course students become familiar with concepts of Political Sciences: state, political power, political systems, and political regimes. Furthermore, the course examines consolidation and stability of democracy, constitutions and constitutionalism, elections and electoral systems, parties, political organizations and movements; interest groups and lobbies; political campaigns; political culture – its structure and types. Finally, the course takes up history of political thinking – political doctrines and ideologies, theories of international relations and Lithuanian foreign policy.
    VMU Lithuanian Art: Theatre, Cinema, Fine Art, Photography (for Foreigners) 4 BC Online 01/02/2022 The course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the developments of contemporary art in Lithuania. It introduces the basic tendencies of theatre, cinema, fine art and photography as well as social and cultural factors that condition them. The lectures will include the presentation and discussion of the most important developments in the contemporary performing and visual arts in Lithuania. After a successful completion of the course, the students should be able to define the basic features of Lithuanian contemporary art as well as to discuss the contemporary tendencies of Lithuanian art within broad historical and cultural contexts of the Baltic region.
    VMU Lithuanian Literature (for Foreigners) 6 BC Online 01/02/2022 During the course, the students are introduced to the most important facts of the Lithuanian literature from the end of the 19th century to nowadays. The main emphasis is placed on the most significant literary trends, dominant genres and stylistic variations and the common cultural situation in Lithuania during different historical periods. In order to gain the basic knowledge of literary analysis, the students are introduced to the main statements of Literary Ethics and the method of close reading.
    USil European Integration 3 Hybrid The aim of the course is the process of European integration after the II World War. In particular, the following topics will be covered as part of the classes: beginnings of the process of European integration after II World War; European Economic Community and European Atomic Energy Community; main problems and events in the process of European integration in the 60’s and 70’s.; the Single European Act; reforming the European Union in the 90’s; the process of enlargement of the EC and the EU; the Constitutional Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty.

    University Subject title  ECTS BC/AC Modality Start date Further information
    VMU Sociology of the Body 6 AC Online 01/02/2022 This course will analyse the ways body is portrayed, described and represented in culture, particularly contemporary pop culture. What is body? What kind of bodies does our popular culture favor? How is body shaped by such factors as sex, gender, class, ethnicity and race? Topics to be covered in this course will include the relationship between body ideals and cultural norms, body in different genres of mass media (TV, magazines, advertising, music, etc.), body and sports, commodification of the body in pop culture, body modification (cosmetic surgery, tattoo, piercing, etc.), body and sexuality, body and food (anorexia and bulimia), body and electronic technologies (virtual bodies), etc.
    VMU Sociology and Anthropology of Religion 6 AC Online 01/02/2022

     

    The course provides introduction to the sociological and anthropological study of religion, its place and role within contemporary cultures and societies. The questions about manifestation of religiosity in contemporary society are approached. Empirical methods applied for the study of religion are analysed. During the course the types of religious organizations and their adaptation to contemporary society are discussed with a strong focus on new religions. The role of religion in the individual every day and public life are discussed with the help of empirical data from North and South American, African and European societies.
    VMU Sociology and Anthropology 4 BC Online 01/02/2022

     

    This course provides an introduction to the sociological and anthropological analysis of humanity and particular societies. It introduces the main sociological and anthropological approaches. The course proceeds to the analysis of culture, society, and socialisation; it looks at everyday social interactions, groups and modern organizations; provides an introduction to gender relations; examines the phenomena of deviance, social control and social stratification, and introduces sociological perspective on major social institutions.
    VMU Sociology of Family 6 AC Online 01/02/2022

     

    The course aims at presenting the basic terminology, sociological theoretical perspectives, and research in order to understand the historical development and diversity of families, their changing forms and complexity in the contemporary world; to discuss developmental stages of families and the social forces that shape family forms. After completion of the course students will be able to understand the historical and theoretical development of the sociology of families; to assess family development dynamics, its complexity and empirical material about family life; to interpret the basic terminology and theoretical perspectives about families, and be able to apply them in practice; to assess contemporary family tendencies in a global world and future trends.
    VMU Pedagogy of Inclusive Education 6 AC Online 01/02/2022 The aim of the subject studies is to gain knowledge and understanding of inclusion processes, their evolution in Lithuania and worldwide, their impact on education systems and the ability to select and apply evidence-based inclusive education strategies to create a supportive learning environment for learners with divers needs and abilities. Studies will be conducted using active learning methods such as discussions, case studies, and problem-solving tasks. Great attention is paid to the student’s personal goals, individual construction of the learning path, planning of his / her own development. During workshops, organised in education institutions, students will learn to solve real practical problems.
    VMU Human Rights 4 AC Face-to-face intensive course 01/02/2022 The course presents the international systems of the protection of human rights (UN, Council of Europe, EU): Observe the role of the State in the international system of human rights protection; history and significance of European Conventions of Human Rights; the role and the jurisdiction of ECHR; application, implementation of the Convention in the system of national law; classification of human rights and freedoms (Right to life; Prohibition of torture; Prohibitions of slavery; Right to a fair trial; Right to respect for private life, to freedom of thought, conscience, religion; Freedom of expression).
    VMU Adult Education 6 AC Online 01/02/2022 Students will analyse adult education conceptions, explore variety and complexity of theories that prove the process of lifelong learning (LLL), as well as to study different theories, their problematics and connections with adult education. The problematic field of education will be deepened on the European level as well as political changes in LLL that are based on cooperation of international organisations and globalisation of education.

    REGISTRATION MODALITIES

    In the list below please pick the institution at which you would like to attend a course and proceed as advised.

    The registration for the pilot edition of the Transform4Europe Track has been closed. Information about the registration for the next semester will be published soon.

    Transform4Europe Alliance University Registration Deadlines Spring/Summer Semester Registration Deadlines

    Autumn/Winter Semester

    Registration Link
    Universität des Saarlandes
    (USaar)
    8 – 29 March 2022 3 August – 30 September 2022 https://www.uni-saarland.de/einrichtung/ceus/europaicum/t4e/kontaktformular-t4e.html
    Universitat d’Alacant –
    Universidad de Alicante
    (UA)
    For the courses “Deep Learning”, “Human Resources Management” and “Big Data”, students apply via their own universities. These select a certain number of candidates and pass on the student details to UA.

    For general student queries, please email student4europe@ua.es

    Student nomination by their home universities by 31 March 2022.

    tba Please contact your Transform4Europe Partner University. General student enquires: student4europe@ua.es
    EKA 24–28 January 2022 22–28 August Registration is closed for this semester.
    University of Silesia
    (USil)
    14 – 16 February 2022 tba www.epass.us.edu.pl
    Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
    (SU)
    14 – 18 February 2022 25 – 31 September 2022 docs.google.com
    Università degli Studi di Trieste
    (UNITS)
    Preferably by 27 February tba Email to T4E@units.it
    Vytautas Magnus University
    (VMU)
    24 – 30 January 2022 tba

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