The staff exchanges from the two European countries took place through Erasmus+ International Credit Mobilities and were aimed at exposing staff from counterpart departments at partner institutions to work processes and systems of their hosts. Rosario Alamillo Granados, Juan José Gómez Boullosa, and Mariluz Capelo Álvarez, from the University of Huelva, Spain, and Tiina Piiponen, from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, all work in the International Offices of their respective institutions.
During their visit the Department of International Relations at NUST facilitated sessions on the systems in place for processing incoming and outgoing student and staff exchanges. The guests from Huelva and Metropolia also provided input on the corresponding processes and systems in place at their home institutions. This allowed for sharing of best practices and benchmarking, as well as being exposed to innovative solutions to similar challenges experienced. The visit also provided an opportunity for staff from the International Offices at the three universities to work together on a face-to-face basis and in this way deepen the working relationships that were established remotely.
“It was indeed a pleasure for us to host the colleagues from Huelva and Metropolia, sharing experiences, practices and spending time together has brought a new dimension to our work,” said Coordinator: International Relations at NUST, Theodora Mweuta. She added that NUST was happy to once again be hosting international guests following a period of quiet during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on her experience at NUST, Piiponen said, “my visit was most pleasant and very fruitful. I have gained a lot of interesting information and contacts, as well as excellent ideas to share with my colleagues and departments at Metropolia.” “We are very much looking forward to developing and deepening our strong cooperation further and for many years to come,” she added.