On 9-12 October, 2019, at the Universities of Chile (Universidad de Chile – UCH) and Talca (Universidad de Talca – UTalca) (Santiago, Chile) was held the third meeting within Erasmus+ project VitaGLOBAL - “A Global Network for Agricultural Sciences and Viniviticulture: Internationalising through Joint Programmes” (№585760-EPP-1-2017-1-AM-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP).
The representatives of the project consortium member universities both fr om international relations offices as well as academic staff (in the leading fields related to viticulture, oenology, wine marketing and wine tourism) participated in the workshops organized at UCH and UTalca. GTU representatives at the workshops in Santiago were Prof. Nino Chkhartishvili, Acting Head of the Viticulture and Oenology Department of GTU Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Bio-systems Engineering; Assist. Prof. Nino Zhizhilashvili, Deputy Head of International Relations and Standards Office and Ms. Dali Meskhishvili, Executive Assistant –Interpreter to the Rector.
On 9 October was conducted public meeting co-hosted by the Chilean Rectors’ Conference (CRUCH) at the Rectorate of UCH, where the project VitaGLOBAL was presented to Chilean higher education community.
During the UCH and UTalca workshops the project partners revised the state of play on the development of modules for collaborative study programmes in different fields of viticulture and oenology and reviewed the issues on how these modules could be implemented in existing programmes. Herewith workshop participants discussed coaching and training needs of the partner universities for the implementation and future training activities for internationalising the curricula. Also the objective of the working meetings in Santiago was to learn about the Chilean viticulture sector and the prospects for further academic cooperation.
Herewith, intensive workshop programme included social-cultural activities organized by the Chilean universities and event participants had the opportunity to explore country's viticulture, its peculiarities, to visit popular wine companies wh ere they were able to taste famous Chilean wines as well.
The main objective of the project VitaGLOBAL - “A Global Network for Agricultural Sciences and Viniviticulture: Internationalising through Joint Programmes” - is to develop a global university network, connecting diverse geographic regions with limited pre-existing cooperation, in order to enhance study programmes that contribute to local development, specifically in food science and viniviticulture, foci these universities share. It essentially promotes the concept of study modules that are co-created between partner universities in very diverse parts of the world, with many common challenges when it comes to the role of viticulture and oenology in local development.
The coordinator of the project is Universitat Rovira I Virgili – URV with support from OBREAL Global Observatory Project (Spain). Project consortium consists of 17 institutions from Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa and Georgia.
More detail information about the project is available on VitaGLOBAL official website