Studying and Developing Local Writing Cultures: An Institutional Partnership Project Supporting Transition in Eastern Europe’s Higher Education

  • Otto KruseEmail author
  • Mădălina Chitez
  • Mira Bekar
  • Claudia Ioana Doroholschi
  • Tatyana Yakhontova
Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 29)


This chapter reports on the LIDHUM institutional partnership project between a Swiss university and three Eastern and Southeastern European partner universities. The aim of the project was to improve our understanding of the role of writing at the respective universities and introduce new ways of teaching and learning writing. This was accomplished by such activities as developing new writing courses, creating writing center conceptions, initiating writing research, networking within the local universities, presenting joint research, and publishing research papers. Beyond the project-related activities, the program involved all participants in a personal learning experience in which intercultural learning was of equal importance to the training units offered and joint research activities. This chapter discusses what the process of transition means and what it takes to set out on a personal, intercultural, and organizational transformation process.


Intercultural learning Writing research Writing center Academic writing Writing course 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Kruse
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mădălina Chitez
    • 2
  • Mira Bekar
    • 3
  • Claudia Ioana Doroholschi
    • 2
  • Tatyana Yakhontova
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Applied Linguistics, Language Competence CentreZHAW Zurich University of Applied SciencesWinterthurSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, Department of Modern Languages and LiteraturesWest University of TimișoaraTimișoaraRomania
  3. 3.Faculty of PhilologySts Cyril and Methodius UniversitySkopjeRepublic of Macedonia
  4. 4.Department of Foreign Languages for SciencesIvan Franko National University of L’vivLvivUkraine

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