The overall aim of the aTM projects it to improve the activities and processes that involve the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention and deployment of those employees which are of particular value to Asian HEI in order to create strategic sustainable success.
* To analyze TM challenges and issues at Asian HEI.
* To carry out a study on the current TM strategies and practices in Asian HEI.
* To design training programs and resources about TM for Asian HEI.
* To prepare an online platform for the development of blended courses on TM.
* To train employees responsible for HR/TM in Asian HEI using a blended approach.
* To build a toolkit for analyzing, designing and implementing specific issues on TM for Asian HEI.
* To create a guideline for the implementation of TM practices in each partner country institution.
* To build an online observatory of TM strategies and practices in Asian HEI.
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.
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