15 July 2020
On 15 July 2020 the Online Project Steering Committee Meeting 3 of Erasmus+ project MEDIATS “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation” was held with participation of project teams from the Netherlands, Spain, Latvia, Germany, Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan. At the meeting the achieved results and challenges of MEDIATS, preparation of Progress Report, the preliminary dates for the project meetings with hosts (in case the borders will be opened), internships of students, purchase of equipment and books were discussed. KROK University, the owner of the WP Dissemination and Sustainability presented the activities of the workpackage in details – organization of international and national highlight events, issuing of publications, project newsletter, website, promotional campaign.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion of Mediation structures development and mediation values promotion. University representatives talked about the updates on WP4. Jan van Zwieten, Rector of NLBA presented the Dutch Mediation Register. The great benefit of the meeting was that the Chairman of Mediators Association of Georgia, Irakli Kandashvili, joined the meeting, made presentation on the newly established association and its activities in general and answered the questions of the partners.
13 - 17 January 2020 activities within the project Erasmus+ «Mediation: Training and Society Transformation (MEDIATS)», namely the second part of the training for the academic staff of the Master Degree Program in Mediation and third Study Visit were held at the Universidad Catolica de Murcia (UCAM) in Spain, with participation of partners from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Spain, Latvia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
The participants of the EU-funded Erasmus+ project MEDIATS: academic staff/lecturers of Master Degree Program in Mediation of partner HEIs continued the training on mediation, the first part of which was held in Riga (Latvia) 9-13 December 2019. The training was developed on the basis of the program of the Netherlands Business Academy (NLBА), supplemented with the experience of Turiba University, Latvia, and UCAM, Spain, included theoretical and practical parts. After the training participants received the certificates.
In parallel the third study visit was organized, which included the learning of processes and envrironment of mediation in Spain, project management meetings, University tour. The program included external visits to Mediation Association, the House of Justice of Murcia and Professional Attorneys College of te Region f Murcia. Representatives of HEIs had the opportunity to discuss preparation of joint projects with UCAM, to learn their experience in different fields, plan future activities and dissemination of project results.
13-17 January 2020
Training 2 and Study Visit 3
9-13 December 2019
Training and PSCM2
On December 9-13, 2019 in Riga, Latvia, the Training and Project Steering Committee Meeting 2 of Erasmus + project «Mediation: Education and Society Transformation» was held.
The intensive training was organized during 5 days, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and included theoretical and practical activities on the following topics: Conflicts and Commitment, The Cost Benefit Analysis of a Conflict, Profile of a Negotiator, Methodical approach to transition from POV to Interests: The Pyramid, Separate on Facts and Emotions: “The Pirouette”, Broaden Inventory, Reframing, Stop Methodology, technique of Meaningful feedback, Work with Coil and Uncoil, Stop Sign Technique, MM and patterns, Spatial Game Situational mediation=adaptation of style per situational indication. The training was prepared according to methodology and materials of Basic Training of NLBA, included a lot of group activities and practicing skills and techniques, watching and discussing of movies. The visit to the parliament was made, during which the participants learnt how mediation works in Latvia. The group of trainers represented all participating EU HEIs: Jan van Zwieten, Gea van Klompenburg, Marjon Kuipers were trainers from Netherlands Business Academy, Dana Rone, trainer from Turiba University and Fransesco de Angelis represented University San Antonio. 5 participants, that later will be lecturers of Master Degree Program, from each partner HEI participated in the training.
Project Steering Committee Meeting 2 was held on 10-11 December, and included presentation of the vision and perspectives of the project, delivered by Jan van Zwieten, rector of NLBA. Partners 4-10 presented the results of their activities and achievements. The coordinators presented and discussed how to avoid penalties for the project consortium, reporting to EACEA, documentation of the project - travel costs, timesheets, joint declarations, registration of the project, purchase of equipment, pre-financing, monitoring of the project, project logo, new dates for project events, organization of internships of students, quality assurance, upcoming training and study visit in Murcia (Program, Travel).
4-8 February 2019
Hoeven, Breda (Netherlands)
Study Visits 1,2 and kick-off
On February 4-8, 2019 in Hoeven, the Netherlands, the first event of the Erasmus + project «Mediation: Education and Society Transformation» was held.
The program of the event included study visits to learn European experience in building of Mediation environment, development and implementation of training programs on mediation, as well as meeting of the steering committee. The participants presented their universities, experts from the University of Turiba (Latvia), the Netherlands Business Academy (the Netherlands), the Catholic University of San Antonio (Spain) shared their experience. Representatives of the International Institute of Mediation (the Netherlands) discussed mediation in an international perspective and offered case activities.
The participants discussed the concept of "mediation" in details, learnt the structure of professional associations of mediators, legislative regulation of mediation in the EU, role and place of mediation in society. Mediators-practitioners from the Netherlands, USA, Latvia were also involved to the discussions.
On February 6, the project team visited the court of Breda, where they met with judges and representatives of the court mediation bureau. The participants developed and agreed action plans for launching of Master's degree programs in Mediation at partner universities and creation of Mediation Federations in Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. In parallel, individual consultations were held, partners shared ideas and impressions. The final presentations of the teams summarized the experience gained by the participants during the week.