Page ContentCapacity and Regional Development Several capacity projects : IDC is leading several capacity building projects with partner institutions around the world. This are funded by governmental bodies.(eg Europien Union agencies) to increaase international collaboration and impact in Higher Education VietnamIn 2014 and 2015 IDC, along with the Ministry for Home Affairs of Vietnam, ran a winter capacity building training seminar at IDC. The idea for this program was developed by the late 9th President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres.Erasmus+ and Tempus:IDC takes part in many multi-partner multi-country projects. Below are a few recent ones that involve our office, A few are listed here:TeachEx (IDC as coordinator)http://www.teachex.eu/ Teaching excellence is of primary importance for the learning environment in higher education. Thus, TEACHEX is a project conceived to contribute to the continuous professional development of academic staff by offering adequate support structures (Centers for Teaching Excellence) and innovative, high-quality, flexible programs designed to promote better teaching and therefore enhanced learning as well. IDC Herzliya coordinates this multi-partner project.SILICE (IDC as coordinator)http://www.silice.eu/ The SILICE project will develop an open source platform that promotes social innovation ideas and international cooperation at regional level between the EU, Israel and India. It also seeks to tackle cross-cutting issues like gender-balance and equal opportunities for women. This project will develop a creative and supportive environment in partner HEIs through the establishment of SinnoLABs (Social Innovation Labs) which will contribute to the development of social economy enterprises in their diverse forms (including social enterprises) which play an important role in increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the Israeli and Indian economy in many different ways.ESPRITHigher education institutions have long been understood as fulfilling three roles; teaching, research and service. While the teaching and research missions have generally taken precedence, an increasing emphasis is placed on the societal contribution of higher education, commonly referred to as “academia’s third role”. In recent decades, questions related to the social responsibility of academia have pre-occupied most developed societies. In Israel, a growing pre-occupation and pro-activism among university and college students has been apparent in recent years.The ESPRIT project, aims to analyze, map and strengthen the social and public roles of higher education institutions in Israel. The project will shed light on the level of social engagement of Israeli students and their institutions, and develop models for the strengthening of their public responsibility. ESPRIT recognizes that both students and institutions will inevitably play a central part in promoting the societal role of higher education. The project’s activities are therefore guided by a student-institution alliance intended to redefine and deepen the cooperative relationship between them.The project is comprised of three main pillars: Mapping HEI-Student Social Engagement, developing a Social Benchmarking Tool (SBT) for assessing HEI-student engagement and developing models Socially Engaged Curriculum.For more information on our work Click Here >> and also Click Here >>Ecostarthis multi-partner project seeks to:• develop a new framework for English teaching in Israeli colleges and universities.• align a framework for English Teaching in Higher Education in Israel with Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to conform with European standards, while satisfying the requirements of the Israeli Council for Higher Education (MALAG).• ensure that tertiary level EFL courses in Israel share a common goal - preparing students to communicate more effectively in English. DoItThis multi-partner project examined multicultural eduction at israeli universuties.CorinthiamThis multi-partner project looked at how israeli universities could incorporate certain Bologna process tools to enhance internationalization.EFAThe multi-partner program fostered teaching in the English language in higher education by using creative tools and innovative approaches, as well as enhancing the education-innovation-research triangle, and will promote cooperation and uniformity among institutions of higher education in European Union countries while creating a broad educational matrix based on common goals, objectives, and standards.