About Harmony

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Aims & Objectives

The HARMONY project aims to support the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of the higher education institutions in India, Bangladesh and Vietnam and to contribute to the cooperation between the European universities and Asian universities.

The HARMONY project aims to have an impact and trigger reform processes at institutional level in Asian Universities. Top managers of Higher Education Institutions will receive support for evidence-based strategy development and better regulation to move towards the modernisation of the framework conditions for Higher Education in their respective countries.

The HARMONY project addresses the process of internationalisation of higher Education, focusing on Internationalisation at Home, in Asian countries as the one that requires immediate institutional response and actions. Enabling Higher Education Institutions to strategically manage internationalisation in the provision of education, research, mobility, and services are regarded to be the project’s overall objective and the main underpinning of Partner countries’ accountable and complementary role in EU-Asia cooperation development. The HARMONY will contribute to this cooperation by the signature of the MoUs.

To achieve this, the European HEIs from Spain, Slovenia, Bulgaria, and Lithuania and the 7 Asian PC HEIs will engage in a series of activities that contribute to the following three project specific objectives:

  1. To outline PC HEIs’ internationalisation landscapes and to identify levels of integration of international and intercultural dimensions into PC HEIs’ formal and informal curriculum.
  2. To improve PC HEIs’ capabilities for internationalisation through staff trainings and by translating general awareness of the IaH concept into streamlined institutional strategies and Action Plans.
  3. To build students’ intercultural knowledge and sensitivity to cultural diversity by transforming PC HEIs’ International Relations Offices (IROs) into vibrant multicultural focal points.

The project primary target groups are academics, researchers, students, and administrators who are participating or wish to participate in international collaboration. The qualitative leap in the process of internationalisation they will benefit from, stems from the project’s main outcomes.


The HARMONY project is rooted in the notion of internationalisation at home and strategic management of internationalisation in higher education. The HARMONY PROJECT, through its overall and specific activities and especially outputs on developing and implementing the Internationalisation strategies on Higher Education with main focus on Internationalisation at home issues at institutional levels in each Partner Country, India, Bangladesh and Viet Nam, is addressing the aims and objectives of the Capacity Building action, and particularly “Improving management and operation of Higher Education Institutions and Internationalisation of HEIs”.

The following activities and key outcomes are envisaged in the 36-month long project that started on 15th January 2021:

  • activities

    Country profile on Internationalisation of Higher Education (research and services issues)

  • activities

    University Strategy on Internationalisation

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    University Action Plan on Internationalisation at Home

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    Storytelling How-to Manual

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    Guide for International Students

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    Established/ consolidated International Relations Office and Projects Office

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    FRIENDS Teahouse (intercultural hub)

Work Packages Structure

  Leader: P2-EPDRI/SI D1.1 Methodology for data collection & analysis A1.1/ Development of methodology, design of data collection tool
D1.2 Country profiles A1.2.1/ Data collection – completion of IaH Self-Evaluation Tool
A1.2.2/ Data validation – interview memos
A1.2.3/ Data analysis – country profiles



Models of internationalisation from EU partners identified, transferred and implemented in PCs

A2.1.1/ Conduct Study visits to EU partners

A2.1.2/ Organization IaH Capacity Building Webinars 


University strategies on IoHE and research developed and adopted

A2.2.1/ Elaboration & adoption university strategies on IoHE and research

A2.2.2/ Elaboration of institutional IaH actions



IRO developed and consolidated

A3.1.1/ Conduct Study visits to EU partners

A3.1.2/ Training on ICM management and IRO development

A3.1.3/ Elaboration of Guide for international Students


Project Offices developed and consolidated

A3.2.1/ Training on EU project management

A3.2.2/ Internationalisation of the Research workshop


FRIENDS Teahouses

A3.3.1/ Digital Storytelling: A How-to Manual

A3.3.2/ Digital Storytelling Contests

A3.3.3/ Student Boot Camp

A3.3.4/ FRIENDS Teahouses Code of Conduct and Calendar




Internal evaluation reports prepared

A4.1.1/ Elaboration of monitoring & evaluation manual

A4.1.2/ Elaboration of Internal evaluation reports


External evaluation reports prepared

A4.2.1/Elaboration of external reports

A4.2.2/Elaboration of advisory recommendations

A4.2.3/ Audit report


Fine-tuning of procedures and regulations realised

A4.3.1/ Organisation, realisation fine-tuning of regulation and procedure



International campaign released

A5.1.1/ Elaboration of project`s dissemination strategy

A5.1.2/ Design of project`s identity, promo materials &web page

A5.1.3/ Organisation and realisation of Launching and Concluding conferences

A5.1.4/ Organisation and realisation of inter-project coaching


National campaign on IoHE development realised

A5.2.1/ Organisation and realisation of National Conference

A5.2.2/ Develop a Recommendations on IoHE and research in PCs

A5.2.3/ Dissemination of information on project-related issues in national mass-media


University campaign on IoHE development realised

A5.3.1/ Organisation and realisation of the dissemination events on institutional level

A5.3.2/ Publication of articles about project-related events in the institutional newspapers


Inter-institutional Agreements on Cooperation signed

A5.4.1/Preparing and singing of Inter-Institutional Agreements of Cooperation

Leader:                           P1- UZ/ES; P2-EPDRI/SI           


Project coordination performed

A6.1.1/ Project`s Handbook

A6.1.2/Preparation and signature of the Partnership Agreements

A6.1.3/Organisation and realisation of the Consortium meetings

A6.1.4/Elaboration and submission of the Interim and Final reports


Project financial management performed

A6.2.1/ Realisation of the project financial management


Management Structure

Management structure


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