ISP Week 2019
Intensive Study Program - Eine Woche in Klaipeda/Litauen
SHARPEN: In the last week of March this year, the ISP week of the SHARPEN project took place. This is a EU-funded project involving 5 universities from different EU countries. The focus is on personnel management and the challenges of small and medium-sized companies from the respective regions. After extensive and practice-oriented research, 5 students of each university meet to discuss HR related problems, to further educate themselves through workshops and finally to find solutions for the identified problems through effective communication. This year, five students from the WHZ (Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Languages) visited the coastal city of Klaipėda in Lithuania, with teachers from both faculties participating. ISP stands for Intensive Study Programme, which is accurate but does not describe the full extent of the week. In addition to the Human Resource Management learning objects, team building was in the foreground, creating an ideal working atmosphere. Since the results of the workshops were always presented by each group, free speech in English does not pose a problem after the week. Other topics included global culture or the skills of intercultural communication. Apart from the things we learned in college, trips and excursions brought us closer to Lithuania's nature and culture. On the first day in Klaipėda we had introductory events and an evening programme with traditional folk music and dance. For this evening all universities presented a few culinary specialties of their country. On Tuesday we had the chance to visit three companies based in Klaipėda and on Wednesday we discussed these companies HR problems in intercultural teams. On Thursday we went on a tour to the “Hill of Witches” and the nature reserve Nida on the Curonian Spit with our 4 partner universities. The last day consisted mainly of a detailed reflection on the whole week and participation in a conference on the “Future of work” organised by the host university. Overall, the week was a complete success. All participants have improved their professional competence in HRM. The interpersonal and intercultural competences could also be improved through cooperation in intercultural teams.