Communicative Approaches in University Vocational Teaching Methodology focusing on Improving Educational Yield and Sustainability

  • Co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union
  • Your institution takes part in the project
  • In conjunction with 12 other institutions from Europe and Asia, Edge Hill University has recently secured co-funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union to develop vocational teaching methodologies. CATALYST is a large, international project that will run for three years and involves the following institutions:
  1. University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB)
  2. Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
  3. Paul Francis East representing The Pyramid Group (TPG)
  4. Edge Hill University (EHU)
  5. Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT)
  6. Ho Chi Minh University of Technical Education (HCMUTE)
  7. Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HUTECH)
  8. Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)
  9. University of Languages and International Studies – Vietnam National University (ULIS – VNU)
  10. Hung Yen University of Technology and Education (UTEHY)
  11. Vinh University of Technology Education (VUTED)
  12. National University of Laos (NUoL)
  13. University of Health Sciences (UHS)
Project Aim

The specific objective of CATALYST is the development, and implementation of, comprehensive pedagogical core curricula using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and a Tuning Modular design for university vocational teaching for Vietnam and Laos. The lead contact for CATALYST at Edge Hill University is Dr David Allan, Lecturer in Further Education and Training in the Faculty of Education.

Additional Info on Project Objectives

The project will also include the following:

  • Training in the use of English language skills and terminology for specific settings, such as corporate language or work-related terminology (English for Specific Purposes)
  • Pedagogical training for PCs to establish core curricula that is bespoke to local needs
  • Quality assurance training for all PCs, including the generation of a quality plan
  • The establishment of an online platform for uploading academic and administrative documentation
  • A needs analysis to identify specific requirements for each PC
  • The creation of management structures to ensure the smooth operation of academic and administrative activities
  • The development of a programme that is inclusive of individuals with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Measures for sustainability, such as an official accreditation process for core curricula – including inter-university module recognition agreements – and the creation of an Action Group to generate a strategic plan for sustaining dissemination post-project
  • The development, and implemention, of a clear strategy to maximise dissemination of identified good practice, including two international project status conferences
Wider objectives
  • Development of transparent national and international educational standards and comparable teaching methodologies, in accordance with the Bologna criteria http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/documents/thematic_reports/182EN.pdf
  • The enhancement of quality-assured and quality-monitored teaching methodologies, including the use of innovative teaching tools for the PCs
  • Support for the internationalisation, knowledge exchange and mobilisation between the participating Euopean Union (EU) and PC institutions