• Nando Kasteleijn

Nando Kasteleijn

Student Communication

 
  • Erwin van de Zande

Erwin van de Zande

Student Communication

 
  • Jeanine Muijs

Jeanine Muijs

Student Nursery

 

Projects

The content of the project is decribed below:

The focus of the project is a Human Resource Management exchange between Romanian and Dutch students, when presenting and defending a paper concerning a HRM-subject.
They will also apply their knowledge when doing research in a Romanian company or organisation while being in Timisoara.
These newly formed groups will execute a two-day research on a subject, which has been agreed upon in a Romanian company or organization.
This research will address topics or problems of that particular company / organization by using a multicultural approach. After exploring the different options the group will come up with tentative recommendations or solutions. 
At the end of the project these recommendations or solutions will be presented and elaborated in front of an audience consisting of representatives of the organizations visited and of both universities involved.

This project is a co-production of the West University of Timisoara and the Christian University of Applied Sciences in Ede-the Netherlands.
Before going to Romania or receiving Dutch students, small groups of max. 3-4 students will draft a paper concerning a relevant human resources management subject, which has been communicated from a Romanian enterprise or organisation through the faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the West University of Timisoara. This paper will picture the particular HRM-subject from a Dutch or a Romanian perspective.

After arrival in Timisoara the Dutch students will receive an orientation regarding the Romanian context and culture and they will meet the participating Romanian students.
At the start of the project the Dutch students as well as the Romanian students will present their view on the particular HRM-subject from each cultural perspective during 15 minutes each. This can be done through PowerPoint-presentations, video-clips, role-plays and/or sketches.
After the presentation the counterpart group will question the topics as presented. When all the presentations have been discussed, the Dutch and Romanian students will mingle and form new mixed groups of max. 6-8 students.
At the end of the project these recommendations or solutions will be presented and elaborated in front of an audience consisting of representatives of the organizations visited and of both universities involved.

Students will be supervised in doing their practical work at the West University in Timisoara or when doing their research in the respective companies / organizations.

Some assessment criteria for the presentations:

1. the content of the presentations:

the whole presentation has to be presented in English

a good analysis of the Romanian view of the chosen HRM subject

a good analysis of the Dutch view of the chosen HRM subject

differences in views should be made clear and also the background of these differences, e.g. ‘Why are Dutch people so keen on worker participation?’

a recommendation / a solution should be made for a multinational company or organization in Romania. What is the advice of the group to this particular organization or company? How do they deal with cultural differences?

2. the criteria for the presentations:

clarity of message (structure, examples etc)

persuasion (consistent, personal involvement, etc)

delivery (tempo, articulation etc)

body language (eye contact, hands, appearance etc)

visual aids (number, relevance, use etc)

conclusion

The objectives are:

Knowledge and insight

the student has achieved knowledge of some international aspects concerning HRM

the student developed understanding and insight of the changing European culture

Applying knowledge and insight

the student is able to apply his knowledge and experience in an international cases in close collaboration with the Romanian students

Formation of fair judgements

the student proves to be open minded in trans-cultural settings

the student has an attitude to learning from other cultures and to encounter other cultures respectfully

Communicative skills

the student is able to communicate in English in a cross-cultural setting professionally, as well in speech as in writing