Sustainability and Internationalization capacities to promote modernisation of Newcomers Higher Education in Neighbourhood East Countries (SIN-NEC)

Project number  




36 months (2024 – 2027)



444,000.00 €


Applicant (Coordinator) University of Teramo, Italy

Paola Pittia,




Eurasia International University, Anna Martirosyan,
Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport, Armine Sargsyan,
Northern University, Lusine Fljyan,
Yerevan Haybusak University, David Mamyan, 
EU partners


Carinthia University of Applied Science, Austria, Aleksandra Jama,


Other Partner
Alfred Nobel University, Ukraine, Tamara Ishchenko,
Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, Ukraine, Oksana Tsukan,
Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics, Ukraine, Maksym Kolisnyk,

Institute for Digitalisation of Education, NAES of Ukraine, Mariya Shyshkina, 



Internationalization and sustainability are growing missions of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide aimed to promote a high-quality and interconnected academic system responding to the emerging global challenges and the training needs of the new students’ generation.

The “Sustainability and Internationalization capacities to promote modernisation of Newcomers Higher Education in Neighbourhood East Countries” (SIN-NEC) project addresses the need to enhance sustainability and internationalization competencies of less-experienced, newcomers Armenian (AM) and Ukrainian (UA) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with the support of 3 EU partners (2 HEIs, 1 private company) and 1 experienced AM HEI.
To fulfill this goal, the project, after a comprehensive self-assessment, will build capacities of academics, managers and administrative staff on planning and development of strategies and action plans towards internationalization and sustainability. The project will upskill teachers on teaching and training on innovative pedagogics and digital tools in virtual environments to enhance their internationalization potential. Training will be addressed to sustainability and sustainable entrepreneurship that will be used to develop and pilot new modules.

Main project results:
-Enhanced capabilities of the 7 newcomer and less-experienced HEIs that will be exploited in modern strategic plans and actions on internationalisation and sustainability
-Upskilled teachers on new teaching methodologies, language strategy, heterogeneous learner management, Virtual Exchange, and sustainability
-Modernization of equipment and software of AM and UA universities to support internationalization and virtual exchanges

The interconnected SIN-NEC activities by knowledge transfer and best practices exchange will promote the internationalisation the newcomers HEIs and enhance the awareness on sustainability aspects that could be used as a model to be further exploited in other environments.