My name is Georgiana, and just like you, I am the Coordinator of our school's internationalization team. I will be your guide through the Internationalization Coordinating Course and materials.
Glad you're here, welcome aboard, new colleague!
Aside from my day-by-day tasks as a teacher, I am responsible for ensuring that Internationalization happens in our school.
Leadership, big picture and strategic thinking are my defining qualities. I am am optimistic and ambitious, focused on results and solving problems. I don't like getting lost in details. I have a great respect for those people who work for improvement and not for vain recognition.
My tasks are mainly in the area of Project Management, but not reduced to that. To some extent they resemble the tasks of a Project Portfolio Manager too. Of course, my activity in a school has specific traits, different from general project management, but the main principles still apply. As an Internationalization Team coordinator, I am responsible for:
- supporting the schools’ director developing the institutions’ strategy (including strategic goals/objectives/targets) related to internationalization.
- setting up, managing, coaching and training the internationalization team;
- identifying opportunities for international development of the school (project calls, partnerships, networking);
- writing project applications and obtaining funding for the school;
- managing the approved projects and getting done the specific PM documentation – working along with the other responsibles in the team (Project Management Plan, Resource Planning, Milestones List, Communication and Dissemination Plan, etc.);
- overseeing and coordinating the activity of all the team members when implementing a project, making sure it produces the expected results and contractual/legal provisions are met.
The ‘harsh part’ of being a team coordinator is that I have to take responsibility for everything (including for the actions of the other team members and project partners). But overall the activity is very motivating.
To be a Team Coordinator a Bachelors Degree at least is necessary. Mine is in Social Sciences, but it doesn't matter the field as long as you meet the other criteria.
Also, I'm pretty good with Project Management and I'm a certified Project Manager (although my tasks go beyond project management), I have advanced English skills, and I can use various PM and resource management software and tools.
I’m a big picture person and I tend towards setting very ambitions goals. I don’t like to get lost in details, as seeing thing things done and concrete results is my primary focus. For this reason I something get in heated discussions with the Quality Assurance and Monitoring & Evaluation Responsibles who are more detail-oriented. When I see opportunity for development – I’m in – and sometimes this puts pressure on the other team members. Have I mentioned that I’m a bit of a workaholic too?
Here are the key competences we need as internationalization team coordinators, and which you will gain by following the training course that I'm going to guide you through. As you can see none of the skills are at 100% as nobody's perfect and there's always room for improvement, but you've got the idea!
Time and Resource Management
Vision and Strategic Planning (Big Picture)
Understanding of legal and finances
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