SPACE network   Newsletter  January 2020
Dear SPACE members,
Dear readers
I hope that in 2020 you all will enjoy your membership in our SPACE network !
This year the International Event organized by SPACE network,will take place in the beautiful city of Guarda, located in Beira Interior (North). Here, the fresh, healthy mountain air in Portugal’s highest city flows through the medieval streets to which the granite lends nobility and a dark color.
This is an invitation for you to dive in this atmosphere while participating in an event where you can actively learn by attending the several different workshops and share your pedagogical practices and project results.
Moreover, this year, we will have a special “Train the educator” day (22nd April) organized by Christian Byrge, one of the World Educational Experts in Creativity, with the topic “How to teach creative thinking skills: deliberate practice fundamental creative”. 

Christian Byrge is a leading education designer for several creativity modules, courses and programs in both foundational, youth and higher education as well as in executive and continuous education.


For more information about Christian Byrge, please click the link -
We are looking forward to  meeting you in Guarda.
See you there,
Anabela Mesquita
President of SPACE network

The Polytechnic institute of Guarda, Portugal will host the 31rst SPACE Conference from 23rd till 24rd of April 2020.
Theme: "Smart Specialization Strategies in HEI"

SPACE network organizes a special "Train the educator" event on 22nd of April 2020
The call for papers is launched. Please check the guidelines.
  • Paper submission all papers: Friday, February 28th, 2020 (midnight)
  • Notification of acceptance ‘as is’ or required amendments: Friday, 6th March 2020
  • Submission of amended papers and all posters: Tuesday, 14th April 2020 (midnight)
  • Payment of registration (in time to ensure the inclusion of an accepted paper in the conference proceedings): Tuesday, 31st March 2019

Questions? Any questions about the call for submissions please contact:
Teresa Paiva –
We are looking forward to receiving your submission!

And the registration is open now: go to our website 

Dear SPACE members,
I hope you started the new year in good spirit and health!


As you may remember SPACE has an agreement with the sister association NIBS to participate in their case competitions.

NIBS Worldwide Case Competition - The World's Leading International Business Case Competition The NIBS Worldwide Case Competition is a test of problem-solving ability, business acumen, cultural insight, communication skills, and teamwork.

Teams of four undergraduate students compete on behalf of their respective universities. They have a limited time to analyze written business cases, assess the challenges facing the organization, and present recommendations to panels of senior ...


We are always invited to join the NIBS annual meeting which will take place in Budapest this year. Unfortunately, so far none of the SPACE members showed interest in participating in the case competitions.

In case your institution is planning to participate in the near future, please, let us know in order to support you with further information.


Best regards,

Elke Kitzelmann
Vice-President SPACE

Report on our last project meeting in Vilnius (November 2019) by Annemie Van den Dries, Project manager SPACE network
The SPACE network gathered 7-8th November 2019 in Vilnius College/University of Applied Sciences for its yearly autumnal assembly in view of helping members to prepare potential applications mostly linked to the Call 2020 of Erasmus+. Nida Mačerauskienė was our host and had gathered colleagues from Vilnius College and from Utena College to brainwash the participants with the newest academic and pedagogical developments.

Nida is Dean of the Faculty of Business Management and is an excellent leader for this kind of event. The Faculty of Business Management is indeed open to novelties in this University of Applied Sciences. VIKO is a flexible and continually changing higher educational institution that is harmoniously combining labour market needs with the development of promising areas of science and art. It was set up in 2000 and is the largest accredited higher professional education institution in Lithuania with 7000 students spread over the faculties agro technologies, electronics and informatics, economics, arts and creative technologies, pedagogics, business management and health care.

It has 47 study programmes, 8 of which are carried out in English. It has also 29 practical training centres, a Simulith centre and shares its internationalisation efforts with more than 200 partners in 30 countries and offers also joint degree programmes and double degree programmes.

Being hosted by Vilnius College means being immersed in the newest innovative pedagogical trends of the year!  And indeed, Rasa Jodiené and Vaida Bartkuté-Norkunienè, from Utena College challenged us with an interactive workshop on Learning Innovation esp. focusing on the ability to enhance learning experience and quality and also on the ability to develop sets of transferrable and cognitive skills, required by to-day’s employers.

Colleague Flavius Streianu, from VIKO, focused then on SMART, an innovative approach to Holistic Education and Learning, i.e. the efficient use of educational technologies and spec. Students Make Art Research and Technology. In today's knowledge society, such solutions are crucial to optimize the acquisition of knowledge and skills – in a way that is tailored to individual learning characteristics.

Then another interactive workshop was led by Muhammad Sohail, also from VIKO, who focused on Refugees Entrepreneurship. Indeed it is necessary to support the employability of university students, with a background of refugeeship, to enhance the quality of their knowledge and to support their innovative skills and creativity through an interdisciplinary approach.

The next day, being the 8th of November after an excellent dinner at Grey in the city centre and a good night sleep, we were ready to study the Emerging Trends in Project Management for 2020, and In the Search of Project based on a just-in-time published Call 2020 for Erasmus+ (5/11/2019)

See These were the workshops of Anne-Marie Van den dries, SPACE project manager and Katazyna Cetyrkovska, VIKO. What are the deadlines?
In our field of work, as a HEI we focus on the exchange of students and staff, being  KA107: 5/02/2020. And for KA2, we are booking the following dates:

  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training: 24/03/2020
  • European Universities: 26/02/2020
  • Knowlegde Alliances: 26/02/2020
  • Sector Skills Alliances: 26/02/2020
  • Capacity building Higher Education: 5/02/2020

Looking for themes to work on in the CBHE area? Ideas related to the big socio-economic challenges of our time: lack of economic opportunity and unemployment,  safety/security/well-being, lack of education, food and water security, government accountability and transparency/corruption, religious conflicts, poverty, inequality (income distribution, discrimination), large scale conflicts/wars, climate change/destruction of nature, etc…

We were treated to another interactive workshop led by Greta Siciunaité, also from VIKO, on Ways to Boost Creativity, especially in the context of not being limited by social, professional or cultural backgrounds.

And the icing on the cake was an interactive workshop led by dr Nijolé Zinkeviciené, who led us pragmatically through her specialism Research, development and innovation. And under her guidance we provided tips and tricks concerning the setting up of restaurants linked to tank stations! 

Dr. Nijole Zinkeviciene is currently working at Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, in the position of the Vice-Rector for Research and Partnerships. Previously, she was also actively involved in administration of professional higher education on the institutional level, for ten years holding the responsibilities of Vice-Rector for Studies and Research at Kaunas College - University of Applied Sciences Lithuania.

For many years she has been a member of the national Bologna expert group, a member of the Commission of International Studies at the Educational Exchanges Support Foundation of Lithuania, a member of the Higher Education Institutions’ Evaluation Committee at the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania and now she is Board Member of EURASHE, especially for research, development and innovation activities.

Who was present from SPACE? Of course the president Anabella Mesquita, who gave the introductory speech and focused on the conclusions. Elke Kitzelmann, Luc Broes as well as Michael …. fired questions at all the speakers and helped make it into a two-day exciting event.

We were delighted also to have Anna Zotova from Samara State University of Economics and Yvone Cardoso from ISCAP, who presented their suggestions for new proposals as well as Anna Alapeteri from Oulu University of Applied Science.

We were all very happy to be in Vilnius, working during the day in the very modern building of Vilnius College, but also roaming around the city in the evening, and enjoying some excellent food!

Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania with a population of practically 600,000. Vilnius is in the south-east part of Lithuania and is the second largest city in the Baltic states. The oldest part of Vilnius has developed over the course of many centuries, and has been shaped by the city's history and a constantly changing cultural influence.

It is a place where some of Europe's greatest architectural styles—gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical—stand side by side and complement each other. Yes, you have to go there soon!

And don’t forget to focus on proposals for the CALL 2020, but also to get already as much information as possible on the NEW ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME (2021-2027)!


Luc Broes


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