The FRIENDS project aims at strengthening the internationalisation capabilities of HEIs in Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and at developing students’ global competence through the integration of intercultural dimensions into Partner Country (PC) HEI’s formal and informal curriculum.
To achieve this, the European HEIs from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and
Turkey and the 12 PC HEIs will engage in a series of activities that
contribute to the following five 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: by April 2019.
2) To improve PC HEIs’ capabilities for internationalisation through
staff trainings and by translating general awareness of the
Internationalisation at Home (IaH) concept into streamlined
institutional policies and actions embedded in IaH Action Plans: by
3) To build students’ intercultural knowledge and sensitivity to
cultural diversity through the introduction of Intercultural Passport
virtual module into PC HEIs’ elective formal curriculum: by 07.2020
4) To transform PC HEIs International Relations Offices (IROs) into
vibrant multicultural focal points through the establishment of FRIENDS
Teahouses and the induction of Home away from Home Programme for
integrated international student care: by February 2021.
5) To promote virtual mobility and campus diversity across the 5 PCs
as key tools for students’ global competence development: by November
The project primary target groups are:
1) PC HEIs students across campus to benefit first-hand from the
Intercultural Passport virtual module and the FRIENDS Teahouse social
spaces; in particular, PC HEIs international and inbound students will
receive targeted support and assistance through Home away from Home
2) PC HEIs IROs’ staff, faculty
and senior management to improve their practical knowledge on IaH, as well as
their overall intercultural awareness.