Two Study trips to Europe were organized for the lecturers in order to provide opportunities of learning from established European universities, lecturers were given opportunities to visit facilities, interact with lecturers, and learn from the workshop/seminars by the experienced teachers. The followings are the summaries of the two trips:
Study trip 1 - NTNU
A weeklong study tour was hosted and organized by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) during November 5 – 9, 2018 as a part of Workpackage 2 of the Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security (SSNS) funded by the European Union under Erasmus+ programme. The main objectives of the event were to learn about the courses and innovative teaching and learning methods practised at NTNU, observe laboratory facilities, equipment, and teaching-learning environments. This was in concurrent to a Chinese proverb 'I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand'. 27 lecturers and 2 staffs from EuroTraining from Asia and Europe participated in the event. More than 10 instructors of NTNU and a sub-contracted VLE (virtual learning environment) instructor gave their presentations enriched with ideas of innovative teaching-learning methods. Activities were also organized to visit laboratories and field stations including a salmon farmand a processing factory.
Study trip 2 - University of Stirling, UK:
The second and the last weeklong study tour and training workshop was organized as part of Workpackage 2 i.e. Development under the SSNS project entitled, “Curriculum Development for Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security (SSNS)” funded by the European Union under Erasmus+ programme.
The Study Tour and Training Workshop was organized and hosted by the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK during February 11 – 16, 2019. The main objectives of the event were to learn about the courses and innovative teaching and learning methods practiced at the University of Stirling, observe laboratory facilities, equipment, and teaching-learning methods and the environments. A total of 33 lecturers from Asia and Europe participated in the event (Fig 1). About 10 instructors of UoS gave talks and seminars during the 5-day programme in classroom sessions. About five instructors explained the laboratory systems, equipment and procedures. More importantly, five UoS students talked about their experiences on courses and research work. Participants had some practice of writing learning outcomes of their respective courses, a group discussion to design three laboratory classes and several sessions of questions and answer (Q&A). A field salmon farm visit was also organized to understand the salmon farming in Scotland. All the participants expressed their good impression about the programme mentioning that overall programme was very informative and useful.