Launch of the Erasmus+ project “Sharing Worldviews: Learning in Encounter for common Values in Diversity” in Heidelberg

All project partners from Turkey, Greece, Austria and Germany met from 15 to 19 November 2021 at the University of Education Heidelberg for the launch of the Erasmus+ project “Sharing Worldviews: Learning in Encounter for common Values in Diversity”. The aim of the project is to guide teacher training and schools towards appreciative encounters between people of different worldviews – and thus towards competences that are fundamental for peaceful coexistence in religiously and worldview heterogeneous societies.

The consortium met for an intensive working week in Heidelberg to get to know each other personally and to plan the next steps together. Prof. Dr. Katja Boehme, the project initiator and leader, presented Interreligious Encounter Learning, as it has been implemented at the Heidelberg University of Education since 2011. Afterwards, each of the partner universities presented their contribution to the project.

In addition to representatives from the Universities of Education in Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Freiburg, the project partners from the Turkish Ankara University and Eskişehir Osmangazi Üniversitesi took part. The Aristotle University Thessaloniki was represented from Greece and the Kirchlich Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems from Austria. The Hochschule für Jüdische Studien and the Heidelberg School of Education completed the group of participants from Heidelberg. The consortium is also supported by Prof. Dr. John Valk from the University of New Brunswick in Canada.

In addition to project coordination, the topic of the meeting was the planning of the multilingual digital teaching, learning, interaction and cooperation platform WEL:digital. A study programme WEL:study is to introduce the didactics of a subject-cooperating encounter learning that teachers can guide between students of different world views. This initial and in-service teacher training for teachers and pedagogical staff will be complemented by the planned WEL:cred certificate, which is to be disseminated at the partner universities and other higher education institutions. In addition to these already ambitious elements, their evaluation and quality monitoring were also discussed.

On Tuesday evening, Prof. Dr. John Valk from the University of New Brunswick enriched the kick-off meeting with a public lecture at the PH Heidelberg on “orldviews: Learning in Encounter for common Values in Diversity” and expertly participated in the development of the project throughout the meeting.

Jochen Ehrenreich, Senior Researcher in Educational Research at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn, informed about his project experiences on the topic of micro-credentials in the European education area. Ulrike Steiger, the EU officer of the Universities of Education of Baden-Württemberg, introduced the project members to the procedures of the Erasmus+ programme. She supports the project with administrative advice.

Looking back on the meeting, project leader Prof. Dr. Katja Boehme thanked all partners for their high level of commitment: “The meeting indeed was very effective and I am very happy that we could meet in person and give our future collaboration a good foundation. Thanks to the intensive participation of all participants and all the professional effort and personal kindness and ambitions I am very positive for the success of our project.”

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for the promotion of education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The promotion of Europe-wide cooperation in all areas of education is an important concern of the European Union. Erasmus+ aims to promote lifelong learning, enable sustainable growth, strengthen social cohesion and European identity, and drive innovation.
For more information on the project “Sharing Worldviews: Learning in Encounter for common Values in Diversity” please contact the project manager Ute Rössle:



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Participation in BESTCHEESE Erasmus KA2 project from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


The opening meeting of the Erasmus KA2 (2019 -1-TR01-KA202-077415) project named BESTCHEESE, which we are partners of, titled “Investigation of Traditional Cheese Production Technology and Standards in the Light of European Union”, took place on 20.09.2021. In this project, while Ankara University Veterinary Faculty members Prof. Dr.Ufuk Tansel Şireli, Prof.Dr. Ayhan Filazi and Assoc. Begüm Yurdakök Dikmen is taking charges, Eskişehir Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry is its executive. This project aims to develop improvements in traditional cheese production technologies in our country with the countries that are the project partners (Slovakia University of Agriculture, Slovenia Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Italy Food and Agriculture Directorate). In the opening meeting held in Eskişehir,Presentations were made by Prof. Dr. U Tansel Şireli, Assoc. Begüm Yurdakök Dikmen and E.Dilan Şahin.The meeting, in which bilateral cooperation with partner countries was developed, was completed successfully, covering topics including visits to cheese production facilities and family businesses in Eskişehir, planning of meetings and course contents in partner countries, and development of the project website.