Three Workshops for the development of the Toolkit in Talent Management Practices in Asian Universities
In the aTM project, we have carried out three online live workshops working on the toolkit for talent management practices for Asian universities in less than two months. Besides, partners have been working in several offline activities in their universities. For the last three months, we have been working in an intensive way to develop and get the first version of the¡ toolkit for talent management practices for Asian universities before October 2021 (considering that most partners don't work in August). All these efforts have helped us to get 90% of the toolkit. Now, we have started with the graphical design of the toolkit and the details of the objective and action cards.
First Session of the Third European Training by KTH
Last 30 June 2021, Mr. Victor Kordas and his colleagues from KTH organized a training focused on talented onboarding staff. One of the main ideas during the training was the inclusion of the InComm project; another European project focused on onboarding students and researchers. An intensive discussion among participants made it possible to get some new ideas for the toolkit for talent management practices for Asian universities that we are developing and expect to publish between September and October 2021.
Second Session of the Third European Training by IST
The last activity before summer 2021 in the aTM project has been the second session of the Third European Training. On this occasion, Mr. João Fernandes and his colleagues focused on training talented staff. Several topics were discussed during the session. Some of them were the management skills, especially the leadership, the definition of goals in the pieces of training, the effectiveness of exercises and the impotence of feedback, the understanding between groups and teams, and empathy. Some other advanced concepts were resilience, self-management, and integrity. Finally, some ideas bout coaching were highlighted by some attendees. Again, attendees' discussed ideas have helped us keep improving the first version of the toolkit for talent management practices for Asian universities.
Nine In-house Training about Talent Management
In the last six months, the Asian partners of the aTM project have carried out nine In-house Trainings in their home institutions. The In-house training content results from the pieces of Training that these partners enrolled in Europe (Lisbon and Perpignan) and the last online activity (see the news below). In Malaysia, Universiti Malaya and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia hold three In-house Trainings, in which 34 female and 31 male academic and non-academic staff participated. On the other hand, Beijing Jiaotong University, Hebei University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Beihang University hold six In-house Trainings. In total, 25 female and 28 male academic and non-academic staff participated in their Chinese Universities. Now, all aTM partners have started to organize a new In-house Training considering the new topics offered in the last working session and the 3rd Training organized by EU partners.
Due to the COVID-19, the second training week about talent management in academia was canceled in March 2020. We had prepared everything in detail, and Prof. David Collings would have carried out a brief workshop about macro talent management with Asian participants. Finally, and due to the current situation, the consortium decided to hold the workshop online. During four days, the academic and non-academic staff of several Asian Universities have participated in an online workshop focused on Recruitment and Selection in Academia. Tools, such as Zoom and Miro, have help to carry out the workshop. In the first two days, the participants were working on recruitment processes. The discussed topics were: (1) Barriers and enablers related to recruitment in their universities; (2) Techniques and strategies to capture candidates' attention; and (3) The development of an Employee Value Proposition. In the last two days, the participants were working on selection processes. The discussed topics were: (1) Frameworks and Models; (2) The selection board; and (3) Techniques and tools for the selection. KTH (Stockholm) will hold the next training and meeting in April-May of 2021. Let's hope that the COVID-19 will allow it. However, we are working to organize a short distance workshop between January and February 2021.
Addressing the Challenges of European Projects with Asia
Prof. Vicenc Fernandez has participated in the round table 'Addressing the Challenges of European Projects with Asia"'(January 23, 2020) held by the University of Barcelona (Spain), presenting 'Experience in the project: Promoting Modern Talent Management Practices in Asian Higher Education Institutions'. In the round table, three other Eramus+ projects were presented: (1) 'Building up Chinese Teachers Key Competencies through a Global Competence-Based Framework' by Dr Elena Cano, (2) 'Modernizing e-learning strategies in India' by Dr Nicolás Patrici, and (3) 'Advancing higher education in the Maldives through E-learning Development' by Dr Nati Cabrera. During the session, Miss Aïda Díaz from the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) presented 'New possibilities for projects with Asia in the framework of Horizon Europe’.
Presentation of the aTM project at the seminar: People Management in Education 2019
Prof. Eva Gallardo-Gallardo and Prof. Vicenc Fernandez have participated in the seminar People Management in Education (Nov 12, 2019) held by the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands), presenting 'Talent: What is it in that name in Chinese and Malaysian Academia?'. The aim of the presentation was to contribute to the fully understanding of the nuances and complexity of talent by broadening our knowledge on an underexplored region, and sector. Specifically, it aimed to answer the following research questions: What talent means in Asian universities? Is it considered a multidimensional concept? If so, which dimensions are the ones that define talent? To what extent the subject/object and/or inclusive/exclusive approaches are valid within this region?
Working meeting at the Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD)
From November 4 to November 8, we have organised a working meeting to keep working in the definition of academic talent. Moreover, we started to work in the description of the non-academic talent in Asian Higher Educations Institutions (HEIs). From each partner institution, faculty and support staff participated in the workshop, mainly from China and Malaysia. However, there were some problems with the VISA of some participants, so not everyone could arrive on time.
On the first day, Prof. Nicky Dries from KU Leuven (Belgium) carried our a workshop entitle: "What's your talent philosophy? Moving from assumptions to practices". Participants highlighted Prof. Dries' experience and her approach to talent management.
The second day, Dr. Laurent Botti and Dr. Benjamin Benoit from UPVD carried out a seminar on the French public higher education system to hire and promote academic staff. On the another hand, Mrs. Fatima Filippin, the Human Resources Director of UPVD, presented the French public higher education system to hire and promote non-academic staff.
Thursday morning, M. François RAILLIET, Consultant and professor HEC Paris, presented the case of the Grandes Écoles of France: talent identification, attraction, and selection – Example of HEC. During his presentation, participants could discuss the differences between the French public universities and the Grandes Écoles of France. Two system with different approaches to the talent management.
During the rest of the days, we were working about the talent conceptualization (for academic and non-academic staff) in Asian HEIs, the Chinese and Malaysian university systems, the macro-environment of them, and the definition of the external and internal stakeholders.
The fifth and final day focused on the in-house seminar that the Asian participants have to carry out during the following 4 months in order to define their talent conceptualization.
Next training and meeting will be hold at Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal) between October 21st and 25th, 2019.
Working meeting about the meaning of Talent in academia
During the first week of July, we have organised a working meeting to define the meaning of Talent in Asian Higher Educations Institutions (HEIs) inside of the ERASMUS+ project: Promoting Modern Talent Management Practices in Asian Higher Education institutions (aTM). From each partner institution, faculty and support staff participated in the workshop, mainly from China and Malaysia.
On the first day, Prof. Marian Thunnissen from the Institute of HRM and Psychology of the Hogeschool Fontys presented her research about talent and talent management in acamedia. Her magistral speech was structured in three blocks:
(1) Why is talent important in HEIs?
(2) Talent management practices, and how to carry them out, and
(3) the talent management process.
The second and third days focused on the development of a theoretical model about the external and internal strengths in HEIs, and the identification of similarities and differences of talent and talent practices between faculty and support staff in Asian HEIs. During these two days, we used the Lego Serious Play Methodology.
The group was divided into two groups on the fourth day. The coordinators of each HEI met to discuss the project management, while the rest of the participants attended several presentations on current talent management practices at the Instituto Superior Técnico and in Lisbon/Portugal.
The fifth and final day focused on dissemination. A small workshop was held with the aim of defining a dissemination plan and involving more Asian HEIs. Finally, there was a wrap up. We decided to change our twitter hashtag to #aTM-EUproject.
Next training and meeting will be hold at University of Perpignan in Perpignan (France) between October 21st and 25th, 2019.
The kick-off meeting of the aTM Project
This week we have organised the Kick-Off meeting of the ERASMUS+ project: 'Promoting Modern Talent Management Practices in Asian Higher Education institutions' (aTM). Twenty-eight faculty and support staff from 6 countries have participated, although most of them were from China and Malaysia.
On the first day, the meeting focused on getting to know each other. To discover the personal and professional expectations of each one, and to identify our motivations. The second day focused on project management: internal communication, external communication, dissemination, financial management, project management, quality management, etc. The third and final day focused on Work Package 1. A small workshop was held with the aim of identifying what each participant understood by talent and talent management in academia.
We also discuss the project's website and social networks. Firstly, the web address is at http://atm.talentinasia.org, And the main social network is twitter with the hashtag #aTMproject.
Next meeting will be hold at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon (Portugal) between July 1st and 5th, 2019.
CBHE Grantholders' Meeting 28 - 29 January 2019
Eva Gallardo-Gallardo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain), Miaozhuo Niu (Beihang University, China), and Vicenc Fernandez (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, Spain) assited to the Grant Holders' meeting of the newly selected Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) projects at the Management Centre Europe (Brussels, Belgium).
This two-day meeting was addressed to the representatives of CBHE projects selected under the Call for proposals EAC/A05/2017. Its overall aim was to address in detail practical issues related to the implementation of the project, the management of the grant agreement and the financial rules applicable to the CBHE grant. The meeting was also an excellent opportunity for new and experienced practitioners to network with other projects.
During the CBHE Grantholders Meeting Eva Gallardo-Gallardo, Miaozhuo Niu, and Vicenc Fernandez met with the Project EU Officer: Ms. Antonella Giorgio. We were discussing about some strategic issues to achieve the project's objectives. The meeting was quite productive, and we are sure that with her support we will be able to meet all our expectations.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.