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VitaGlobal is a curricula development project, but it also intends to ensure that joint programme collaboration is embedded in a more sustainable network for collaboration amongst universities in diverse regions committed to local development. The project activities thus build sequentially, first mapping the different partners and their role in local development (WP1), then turning to the development of collaborative, internal ‘study modules’, that can be the building blocks of joint programme design. This is punctuated with capacity building for different staff of the partner institutions: agri/viticulture faculties are targeted, but also staff from international relations offices (IROs) that are important in international collaboration.


WP1 (Preparation) ‘Self-Assessment: International cooperation in food sciences and viniviticulture’


WP1 serves the purpose of ‘context setting’ and familiarizing the partner universities at the strategy level, particularly when it comes to both internationalization strategies but also strategies for local development and for the oenology and viticulture sector. It consists of an initial self-assessment of the partner institutions and a partner meeting to discuss the strategic areas of focus for both a) module development and b) international academic cooperation when it comes to credit systems, grading, mobility, recognition and other important areas that are important to joint programmes.


  • 1.1. Self-assessment on international cooperation in agricultural/food sciences

  • 1.2 Workshop: Key priorities for cooperation in agricultural/food sciences and viticulture (September 2018)

WP2 (Development) ‘Towards joint/collaborative programmes in viniviticulture’


In WP2, the main academic content of the project is development. Two work groups are formed, one bringing together academics from oenology, viticulture, chemistry, economics and other related faculties that will be collaborating in the design of joint study modules, and one of international relations officers.

The academic workgroup, based on the self-assessment results will break down into small working groups, each tasked with the development of a study module. Examples are: sparkling wines, viticulture and climate change, sustainability in viticulture treatments, sensory analysis and wine tourism innovation.

The international relations workgroup will develop a manual that will guide further joint programme development, considering structural issues like quality assurance, credits, mobility agreements, etc.


  • Working group 1: Curricula design and management

  • 2.3 – 2.7 Working group 2: Programme quality assurance, mobility, recognition, Local employer engagement

  • 2.9 Three new teaching modules: To be piloted in the project and then, later, integrated into a new programme

  • 2.10 Approval of teaching modules for pilot phase

WP3   (Development) ‘Capacity building for teaching staff: internationalizing local development in the vitivinculture sector’  


This WP will involve capacity building and training activities for the teaching staff and administrative support staff involved in the development of a new joint programme and its teaching modules in partner universities. It will start after the new programme modules have been developed (WP2) and be carried out while partner universities are seeking approval to pilot them.  Each training event will involve one teaching staff member in the targeted discipline, and one admin staff member that is essential to supporting either international outreach or local outreach/ partnerships. This will enhance the approach of networking institutions and not just teaching staff members.

Each training event will have clearly defined objectives and learning outcomes. It will be predicated upon good practices existing in the consortium as well as additional local and international experts that will be invited. The training events will be designed to address specific aspects of the course module that were developed.


  • 3.1 Staff training 1: Shaping teaching towards local development strategies and approaches (March 2020)

  • 3.2 Staff training 2: Internationalising teaching in agricultural/food sciences and viticulture (May 2020)

  • 3.3 Staff training 3: Industry partnerships (June 2020)  

  • 3.4  Institutional multiplier events

WP4 (Development): Piloting Modules


In this workpackage, each university in a partner country will pilot at least one module in one of their existing study programmes. European partners will assist with the piloting and the training of teaching staff in the partner universities to deliver the new module. Different types of international teaching approaches will be utilized.

Depending on the academic calendar of the partner institutions, the modules can be piloted anywhere between August 2020 and June 2021. This will allow ample flexibility to accommodate different academic calendars. During the pilot, partner country universities will receive a one week visit from a teaching staff member of a European partner university, who will provide consultation on the teaching of the modules, guest lecturing and collaborative teaching, and will hold meetings with relevant staff to plan future cooperation.


  • 4.1 Action plans for integrating new modules into existing programmes (one per partner institution)  

  • 4.2 Equipment: Research and teaching equipment for food science, viticulture and wine production (depending on partners’ need)  

  • 4.3 New module pilot in existing programmes in Partner country universities (including Visits to support collaborative teaching)

  • 4.4 Refining course modules

WP5 (Quality) ‘Quality control’


The quality plan of the project is designed to monitor progress of the project deliverables and to ensure that the outputs of the project are pertinent and relevant to all partners and will have a sustainable impact on the education and research they provide/conduct. The quality plan involves both an ‘internal’ monitoring and feedback mechanism (driven by the quality committee) as well as feedback from ‘outside’ the partnership (two differently oriented external evaluations).


  •  5.1 External project assessment

  •  5.2 Project quality indicators and tools  

  •  5.3 Annual monitoring meetings of the project partnership

  •  5.4 External joint programme development assessment

  •  5.5 Quality committee


WP6 (Dissemination and exploitation) ‘Consolidating a global network for local development’


This WP will ensure the dissemination of the project outputs more widely, both within Europe, in the partner regions and within the institutions participating in the project. It will also take into consideration the sustainability of the partnership network and of the joint programme developed.


  • 6.1 Web site

  • 6.2 Conference: A consolidated global university network for viniviticulture

  • 6.3 ‘White paper’ on local universities, global engagement – with case studies in agricultural/food sciences and viticulture (publication – April 2021)

  • 6.4 Participation in conferences of related networks and initiatives


WP7  Future launch and sustainability of joint programme


In this work package, which is an extension of WP6, a sustainability and implementation plan will be drafted for the joint programme that has been developed in the context of the project.


  • 7.1 Strategy for further development and launch of joint programmes

  • 7.2 Local economic sector round tables .


WP8 (Management) ‘Project Management’