UT Narva College wins 2020 Golden Apple cooperation award

Archimedes Foundation recognised the project of the UT Narva College “Multilingual Higher Education: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices” with the award for Erasmus+ strategic cooperation projects – the 2020 Golden Apple cooperation award.

The universities located in European border areas need to provide universal higher education giving professional skills for students who enter the national and European labour market, at the same time supporting the linguistic identity of the minority communities in the border area. The objective of the Narva College’s project was to develop innovative teaching and study processes and methods, which could be applied in multilingual universities of European border areas. The universities participating in the project exchanged teaching experiences in the border area communities and as a result, developed a massive open online course (MOOC) and a more in-depth course on the processes and methods of multilingual higher education.

According to Project Manager Kristjan Klauks, the award shows the significance of international cooperation projects in border areas and in the University of Tartu as a whole, and he encourages to the college to continue in the same direction. “We may believe that our concerns are special but practice shows that there are others who are struggling with similar issues. This kind of projects are therefore very helpful,” Klauks added.

Other recipients of the 2020 Golden Apple cooperation award, besides the UT Narva College, are the Juhan Liiv Alatskivi School for a project which made learning science and mathematics more important, pleasant and interesting for pupils, and the Pärnu County Vocational Education Centre for a project resulting in six educational test stands with instructions and technical drawings. The stands will be used in various countries for training car mechanics.

Archimedes Foundation grants the Golden Apple cooperation award to Erasmus+ strategic cooperation projects that are coordinated by Estonian enterprises and have already been completed. The award includes a small cash prize.

Further information:
Kristjan Klauks, Project Manager, Narva College, University of Tartu, +372 740 1905, kristjan.klauks@ut.ee
Tiina Lipp, Communication Officer, Archimedes Foundation, tiina.lipp@archimedes.ee