During the week of March 4, 2019, we joined the Lille Catholic University in hosting nearly 60 staff members from our Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project partners in the framework of our KA107 projects.
ISA Lille had the honor of welcoming staff from each of our newest KA107 partner universities: Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), Shenyang Agricultural University (China), Al Farabi Kazakh National University (Kazakhstan), LN Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan), Zhytomyr State Technological University (Ukraine), National University of Life and Environmental Sciences (Ukraine), Lviv Politechnic National University (Ukraine), Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies (Ukraine), St Petersburg National Agrarian University (Russia), and the Russian State Agricultural University-Timiriazev Academy of Moscow (Russia).
After the opening session, we kicked off the week with a very French welcome of a Cheese and Wine Pairing Luncheon. Laureen Simon, lecturer and researcher from the Sensory Analysis research unit of our Food Science department prepared special combinations of wines, cheeses and breads from various regions of France showcase these signature gastronomic traditions.
Our guests spent the rest of the week discovering the diverse academic offer at Lille Catholic University, as well as innovative teaching practices. To illustrate our research work, professors Pierre Vandendriessche from our Food Science department and Christophe Waterlot from our Environmental Science department gave tours of our pilot food plant and laboratories.
Then then guests participated in workshops sharing best practices on intercultural communication and internationalization, and management of Erasmus+ projects. Finally we were proud to present the comprehensive measures we employ to ensure our campus’ sustainability.
This week was also an opportunity for our partners to check in on their students currently studying with us as exchange students. In addition, we discussed the next steps of our Erasmus+ KA107 projects, planning our faculty and staff mobility for the coming year, promoting student mobility and assessing the feedback we’ve had on the projects so far.
Overall the week was a great success! We worked hard, kept our guests busy, but also showed them the joys of life in Lille. We hope everyone had a enjoyable stay and we’re looking forward to fruitful ongoing cooperation with our Erasmus+ partners!