Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility 2021: Visit of Delegation from Gordon Academic College (GACE) in Israel

The Gordon Academic College of Education International Office, led by Vice President of the College, Mr. Igal Sheinis, visited   the University of Crete 28 June – 2 July in the framework of the ERASMUS+ International Mobility exchange program, following a partnership initiated by the UoC School of Science & Engineering. The purpose of the visit was not only the exchange of good practices relating to internationalization, but also exploring possibilities for further collaboration and expanding the scope of the institutional partnership. Gordon College is a  leading Israeli teacher-training college with expertise in integrating state of the art technology with modern pedagogy, innovative methods of teaching and learning (online as well as frontal), and in developing, participating and coordinating major European Commission programs for capacity building.  Areas of mutual benefit were thus quickly discovered.  

Α targeted and intensive program of meetings was organized by the Dept. of International Relations. This included the UoC Authorities,  specifically Vice Rectors Professor G. Kosioris and Professor K. Spanoudakis, as well as faculty members and administration staff of  Academic Departments and Research Centers  in both of the University campuses of Rethymno and Heraklion. Presentations and discussion centred on mutually beneficial collaborations in many areas, including

  • sharing of knowledge and expertise in developing programs for innovative learning environments, geared for engaged and dynamic teaching and learning; 
  • developing capacity building programs aimed at curriculum development for sustainability for teacher-training programs and
  • exchange of knowledge and pedagogical methods for designing and running online-courses.  

 In addition, areas of joint research were discussed relating to teaching in higher education after the pandemic and other mutual topics that require exploration.

This visit of the GACE delegation was successful in laying the groundwork for  a long and fruitful academic collaboration based on the myriad opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ program, not only within Europe but also worldwide.