SZIF reviewed the internationalization strategy of Tech Don Bosco
The Salesians of Europe have been working for a year and a half on the DB WAVE Project (Don Bosco Web for a more Accessible VET in Europe) with the aim of improving the educational quality of Vocational Training in Europe, especially employability and social inclusion of the youngest.
The project, which began in November 2019 and will end in April 2022, will have a
future impact on 7,000 teachers and 60,000 VET students in the European Union.
Seven national Salesian VET networks from 6 different countries (Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and Hungary) and DBI (Don Bosco International) are involved as a representative institution of the Congregation of Salesians in the EU.
Despite all the difficulties derived from COVID-19, the project has continued working. The trips for the different activities have been canceled. Even so, it has been possible to advance online in the monthly coordination meetings and in other activities and working groups.
On April 28 and 29, Szalézi Intézmény Fenntartó (Hungary) reviewed online the internationalization strategy of Fundacion Tech Don Bosco (Spain). The initial review was scheduled in Madrid, but due to COVID-19, in the end it had to be developed online.
From SZIF, with the experts Gábor and József, and supported by Mari Kontturi, Finnish expert from the Luovi Vocational College, they have evaluated our internationalization strategy.
The dynamics of the peer review consisted of the presentation and development of interviews with different representatives of Schools, coordinators of international projects and work teams. On behalf of the Schools, Oscar Bartolomé, as provincial coordinator, were present, along with the members of the team Miguel Esquíroz, as head of internationalization in the SSM Province, Pedro Hernández and Javier Aguado. On behalf of the educational centers, Jesús Estévez and Nuria Acero from Salesianos Soto del Real, David Román from Salesianos Aranjuez, and Ignacio Aranda from Salesianos Pamplona were present.
In addition, we were able to have the collaboration of Ángel Gudiña, head of the department of relations with companies at Misiones Salesianas. As main strengths, the experts highlighted the existence of a clear vision and long-term objectives for internationalization. In addition, they saw how Tech Don Bosco has a strong commitment to promote internationalization among the centers of the SSM Province, providing services to support these processes.
Internationalization is an important activity within the school training offer of the centers, since a large number of them frequently participate in different projects under the Erasmus + program with all kinds of European partners. The objective of this part of the project, which includes peer reviews, is to improve the performance and planning regarding the internationalization of the institutions participating in the project.
The Peer Review has been a success in every way for Tech Don Bosco and its centers.