INOTLES represents a joint academic effort of EU universities specialized in teaching European Studies (ES) and East European universities, following the aim of promoting curricular reform in the field of European Studies through innovative teaching approaches, curricular convergence and capacity building between the EU and Eastern partners.
The three-year EU TEMPUS project (2014-2016) promotes curricular reform and modernisation of higher education in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, by implementing innovative pedagogies in ES courses at Master level. INOTLES is led by Dr. Natalia Timuş from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSOG), Maastricht University and comprises three EU universities (MGSOG and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University, the Netherlands; University of Surrey, UK; Institute of European Studies, Belgium and East European partners (six universities, two from each Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine). Building on a systematic review of pedagogies in the ES field, INOTLES brings together Eastern partners with EU university centers of excellence in assorted approaches (including e-learning, problem-based learning and simulations) to create flexible teaching resources for use in the full range of European Studies provision. By establishing best practice, training materials and ES modules, as well as Centers of European Studies in each Eastern partner country, INOTLES will enhance institutional capacity, promote transnational cooperation and strengthen the employability of MA graduates.
INOTLES is targeted primarily at academics teaching ES. This includes academic and IT staff as well as MA students enrolled in consortium universities. However, several project activities (dissemination conferences, trainings offered by Centers of European Studies, contributions to Working Papers and Policy Papers Series in European Studies) are open to larger groups of academics and professionals interested in the field of European Studies.