According to the action plan of the European Commission-funded Erasmus + Mediats – “Mediation: Training and Society Transformation” project, which is coordinated by the Netherlands Business Academy, students who enrolled to study at Ganja State University offered mediation course had participated in a two-week internship program that had been organized by the Netherlands Business Academy. The visit had been organized on 01-14.11.2021 dates in Dordrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mustafa Huseynov, Narmin Mammadzade, Nigar Piriyeva, Dilbar Aliyeva and Telli Mammadova are the students of different faculties of the university, who had been taken part in the study visit under the leadership of Ruslan Mammadov, the head of the International Relations Office and also GSU Mediats project team member. It should be noted that only students from Khazar and Ganja State Universities, partners from Azerbaijan, had been participated in the international internship program. Georgia, one of the other partner countries of the project, which represented by 2 universities, and Ukraine by 3 universities. The total number of participants is about 40 people. The trainers in the intensive internship program were consist of the international recognized crew, led by Jan Zwieten, Rector of the Netherlands Business Academy and the Chairman of the International Mediation Federation, as well as Gea van Klomperburg, Marjon Kuipers, Mike Smit and Dana Rone from project partner, Turiba University in Latvia. In addition, international mediators representing the local Mediation Bureau in the courts of Netherlands, Marlene Panis, Sandra Willems-Ruesink, Sandra Doeze Jager and Tara Dick, shared their best practices with the participants.
The trainings were conducted according to the master’s program in the mediation of the Netherlands Business Academy. According to the syllabus of the program, the following topics had been taught to participants: “Conflicts and approaches to the interests of the parties”, “Process manager profile and methods of approach to the mediation pyramid”, “Role and skills of the mediator”, “Initial, second and third stages of the mediation process”, “Dynamics in the context of systematic mediation”,” Mediator registration rules and procedures “,” Dilemmas in the context of controversial behavior “,” Cooperation between lawyers and mediators “,” Principles of confidentiality in mediation, rules and discrepancies “, etc. In addition to the topics various educational games (such as “Smurfs”, “Your true talent”), and then during the second week, a simulation of the mediation sessions and exam preparation had been conducted to the participants. Despite the intensive and difficult internship program, our students actively participated and coped with the tasks with dignity.
Starting the mediation course organized by GSU, students had been passed the final assessments at the end of the two-week international internship program. They had been awarded the international diplomas signed by the rectors of Ganja State University and Netherlands Business Academy. In accordance with the categories determined by the Mediation Federation, the Diplomas had been given to Nigar Priyeva as an “International Ambassador of Mediation”, Narmin Mammadzade, Dilbar Aliyeva and Telli Mammadova as an “International Counsellor of Mediation” and Mustafa Huseynov as an “International Certified Mediator”. Another proudly moment is that during the international internship program, Ruslan Mammadov as the newly appointed to the Mediation Center at Ganja State University, and has a diploma of “Certified International Mediator” had been given “master classes” to the participants on both mediation values and life coaching during the mediation. In addition, Ruslan Mammadov has also participated in the final assessment session as a member of the final examination committee. On this basis, he was awarded the diploma of an “International certified assessor mediation”.