I&D+I Projects

Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English to improve Educational Yield, Sustainability, and Internationalization (SMARTI)


Promoting excellence in education by the development and the implementation of a comprehensive pedagogical modules English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) curricula for in-service Armenian teaching staff.


EMI (English Medium Instruction) implies using the English language to teach academic MA and PhD in science, math, medicine, engineering, IT etc. in countries where English is not the official language and in which the students’ first language is not English.

The project aims at university staff that need to teach degree programs in English. Also for students (both national and international) who attend these programs. These aims are realistic and feasible because institutions realize the benefits AND sustainability of MA and PhD degrees taught in English from an educational AND financial point of view as well as supporting internationalization.

It aims at developing transparent, national and international, educational standards and comparable learning tools (namely Student-Centered Learning) and teaching standards in accordance with Bologna criteria; enhancing the quality of academic content and staff and students in the Programme Countries through development of a sustainable curricula for teacher training; provide support the internationalisation of participating EU and Partner Countries (PC) institutions and support staff and student mobilities and exchanges.

The specific objective of SMARTI is to promote PC excellence in education by the development and the implementation of a comprehensive pedagogical 9 Module English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) curricula for in-service PC teaching staff and trainee teachers using an ECTS/Tuning Modular design for teaching academic content in English in Armenia (Focus is on all faculties MA & PhD Programs such as engineering, IT, science, mathematics. The curriculum is piloted twice before being accredited). It will be developed via a network of EMI Centres.


English as Medium of Instruction, Student-Centered Learning, English, Erasmus+, International, Cooperation


Technische Universität Dresden (coordinator), Riga Technical University, Liverpool John Moores University, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Academy of the Republic of Armenia, Vanadzor State University after H. Toumanyan”, Armenian National Agrarian University, Mikayel Nalbandian Shirak State University, Goris State University, National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation

Financing ProgramExecution DateGlobal Budget
Erasmus +
Capacity Building in The Field of Higher Education – EAC/A02/2019 – Joint Projects 617489-EPP-1-2020-1-DE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
2021-2024TOTAL: 936 824,00€
UCP-ESB: 57.772,00€
Eduardo Luís Cardosoecardoso@ucp.pt+351 22 558 0001